Mad Meg (c)Museum Mayer van den Bergh Antwerp

2019 will be the year Flanders celebrates the life and times of Pieter Bruegel, as it will be 450 years since his death. An impressive series of exhibitions and events will showcase to the world just what an exceptional artist he was, and how influential he was during his lifetime. 

In spring 2019, you really must come to Brussels and its surrounding natural areas. Once you have marvelled at the work of Bruegel and his contemporaries, such as Bernard van Orley in Brussels, you can visit the surrounding area to discover the landscapes painted by Bruegel. The art route in Dilbeek will take you on foot on a journey past the church and watermills that Bruegel painted. Along the way, you will encounter pieces by contemporary artists too. In the nearby Gaasbeek Castle, you will find even more contemporary work inspired by Bruegel. And don't forget to spend a day in the Bokrijk open-air museum, where you can step into the world of Bruegel with its combination of augmented reality, contemporary interventions and authentic historical houses. 

In Fall 2019, Brussels is showcasing Bruegel's black and white prints. This delicate collection from the Royal Library is very rarely displayed to the general public. In the medieval city gate of Hallepoort in Brussels, the world of Bruegel is still brought to life using virtual reality (from June 2019). The Dulle Griet (also known as Mad Meg) is also looking stunning in the Mayer Van den Bergh museum in Antwerp after a thorough restoration. And in Antwerp, you can see the drawings of Jan Brueghel the Elder in the Snijders&Rockox House.

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