The Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA) will open its doors again in 2019, following the largest renovation in its history. Within one building, visitors will find two completely different worlds: the stately old rooms of the old museum that have been returned to their original splendour, and a new 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 Century, Art in Antwerp and Southern Netherlands from 1525 to 1585.” This exhibition will give an overview of the artistic production in Antwerp and the Southern Netherlands. 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 artefacts 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 important periods ever.

A must see: ‘Bruegel’s Century’ 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

Bruegel’s Century, Art in Antwerp and Southern Netherlands (1525-1585)


Leopold de Waelplaats 2
2000 Antwerp


From Saturday, September 21, 2019
To Wednesday, October 9, 2019


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