Arts and heritage

Museum Mayer van den Bergh
Flanders is synonymous with heritage. Our famed Flemish Masters’ genius and inimitable craftsmanship helped move art history in a different direction. Since then, many generations of creative people have followed their example, both in the arts and in other areas. We have castles and cathedrals, churches and belfries, tapestries and beguinages, artistic masterpieces and entire historic city centres. All attest to Flanders’ rich cultural heritage.

History is also present at Flanders Fields, which stand as silent but deafening witness to the First World War, bearing a message of universal peace. Flanders’ rich legacy is tangible, something which can be seen and felt.


In 2024, it will be 75 years since the passing of James Ensor (1860 – 1949). Join us in celebrating the life of this renowned Flemish Master with various exhibitions, activities and events in Ostend, Brussels and Antwerp

JEnsor © KMSKA

Who are the Flemish Masters?

Self-portrait of Rubens  ©Rubenshuis Antwerpen collectiebeleid
Peter Paul Rubens, Baroque master
Detail Lam Gods (the Ghent Altarpiece) © Sint-Baafskathedraal Gent, – Art in Flanders, foto KIK-IRPA_0
Jan van Eyck, the genius behind the Ghent Altarpiece
Ensor - Self portrait with flower hat ©Mu.ZEE, – Art in Flanders, foto Hugo Maertens
James Ensor, North Sea pioneer
Dieric Bouts
Dieric Bouts (approx. 1415 – 1475) is one of the great Flemish Primitives.

27 WWI memorial sites in Flanders Fields recognised as Unesco World Heritage

Buttes New British Cemetery Zonnebeke

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