The Royal Library of Belgium holds a complete and unparalleled collection of Bruegel’s work ‘on paper’ and will take it out of storage for this exhibition. Around the middle of the 16th century, Flanders emerged as the international center for the production of, and trade in, prints. Bruegel and his publisher, Hieronymus Cock, both played a key role during this period. The master craftsmanship and enterprising spirits of these two men are the focus of the exhibition. The Royal Library of Belgium has a comprehensive overview of Bruegel’s graphic work. Many of the works are held in various editions or ‘lists’. However, before a first edition ever came on the market and could be distributed across the world, a print had already undergone a long journey. Discover this story, from drawing to print, at the exhibition.   Nowadays, everyone is accustomed to seeing prints neatly framed and hung on the wall, but that’s not how it was in Bruegel’s days. At jolly and convivial gatherings of his family and friends, Bruegel would lean the prints against a wall or table, allowing people to examine them and offer their opinions. Thanks to the cases that have been especially designed for this exhibition, you can enjoy Bruegel’s works as they would have in his day. 
Bruegel in Black and White (Royal Library of Belgium)


Keizerslaan 4
1000 Brussels


From Tuesday, October 15, 2019
To Sunday, February 16, 2020


+32 2 519 53 82

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