While Europe celebrates the 450th anniversary of the death of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, the “Musée de Flandre” [Flanders Museum] is playing its role by inviting the general public to make their merry way through its exhibition rooms. We all have images of frenzied Flemish country fairs in our minds with peasants dancing, drinking and feasting to the sound of bagpipes. We quite naturally associate them with Pieter Bruegel the Elder, a truly great artist. Of course, he has no match when it comes to taking us back in time to these scenes of festivals with myriad details, characters and symbols which became popular thanks to a whole generation of talented painters. His contemporaries, Martin van Cleve and Pieter Balten, and the artists who followed him - his two sons Pieter Bruegel the Younger and Jan Bruegel the Younger in particular - boldly took up the challenge of ceaselessly reinterpreting his models. In Bruegel’s era, popular celebrations, bawdy and mischievous, were not the sole preserve of peasants. They also reveal more “intimate” scenes where carnal pleasure is exalted. A “no punches pulled” retrospective of two centuries of merrymaking, dancing and music!
Festivals and fetes in Bruegel’s time




From Saturday, March 16, 2019
To Sunday, July 14, 2019


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