The Royal Library has a complete and unparalleled collection of Bruegel’s work “on paper” and is preparing to take it out of storage for a very special exhibition in this Bruegel Year. The World of Bruegel in Black and Whitewill be an exhibition that promises to be a unique experience - one that will take you back to the 16th century to relive the lives of Bruegel and his contemporaries.

Today, we are accustomed to seeing prints neatly framed and hung on the wall, but that’s not how it was in Bruegel’s day. Bruegel would lean his latest prints against a wall or put them on the table and encourage family and friends to examine them and offer their opinions. Thanks to specially designed cases for this exhibition, visitors will be able to enjoy Bruegel’s works just as they would have been seen in his day. Visitors can take their places at a ‘Bruegellian’ dinner table and give their thoughts on the work, so that when they leave, Bruegel will no longer be the Bruegel of the ‘Peasant Wedding’ but the Bruegel with that extraordinary imaginative capacity.

A New Royal location: a stately edifice with a marble rotunda and magnificent frescoes, the Palace of Charles de Lorraine is one of Brussels’ few 18th century treasures. It is an integral part of the Royal Library and is well worth a visit in its own right.
The World of Bruegel in Black and White


Keizerslaan 4
1000 Brussels


From Friday, March 1, 2019
To Sunday, June 30, 2019


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