Bruegel's Booming Antwerp (Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp - KMSKA)
The Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA) will open its doors again in Autumn 2019, following the most ambitious renovation in its history. Within one building, visitors will find two completely different worlds: the royal spaces of the 19th century museum that have been returned to their original splendour, and a brand new 21st century museum that is vertical in shape. The change will give the museum 40% more exhibition space for its vast collection.
Its first major exhibition will be "Bruegel’s Booming Antwerp". This exhibition will give an overview of the artistic production in Antwerp and the Southern Netherlands at the time of Bruegel. During this period, Antwerp lived a 'Golden Age'. It was a time when the city grew at breakneck pace to become the most dynamic and cosmopolitan commercial city in Northern Europe. With around 120 objects on show, visitors will be able to see a kaleidoscope of artifacts of the highest level in all genres and techniques: paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints; tapestries, manuscripts and printed illustrated, crafts and architecture.
The exhibition features work by a variety of world-renowned artists who made the 16th century one of the most culturally influential periods ever. An era that holds learnings and insights still relevant to today’s viewers. A must see: "Bruegel’s Booming Antwerp" will combine famous masterpieces from museums in Europe and the United States of America, with new discoveries and insights resulting from years of research.
This exhibition is a direct sequel to the monographic exhibition about Pieter Bruegel the Elder to be shown at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, from October 2018 to January 2019, in which the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp is closely involved.
Opening planned: Autumn 2019
Leopold de Waelplaats 2
From Saturday, October 26, 2019
To Sunday, January 26, 2020
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