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Paul Van Grembergen
In memoriamPaul Van Grembergen, honorary Chairman of the Flemish Art Collection On 4 June 2016, Paul Van Grembergen (1937-2016), our former and honorary Chairman, passed away at the age of 78. Former Minister of Culture, Paul Van Grembergen was involved in the establishment of the Flemish Art Collection, his chairmanship started on 27 December 2006. He fulfilled this task with his characteristic...
Jan van Brussel, The duality of Justice (detail), ca. 1499 © SRAL
From 28 October, 2016 through 5 February, 2017, the Groeninge Museum in Bruges will host the exhibition The Art of Law. Three Centuries of Justice depicted. This art exhibition will feature about 100 artworks from over 30 national and international museums and libraries and will focus on themes related to justice as expressed in artworks of various media from about 1500 through 1800. In 2018,...
Master of the Legend of Saint Lucy, private collection.
This morning it was announced that the Groeninge Museum (Musea Brugge) has received on loan a previously unknown altarpiece by the Bruges Master of the Legend of Saint Lucy. The Master of the Legend of Saint Lucy is an anonymous painter who by some is associated with the 15-century painter François van der Putte. Not only did he receive commissions from local donors, such as Donaas de Moor and...
Exhibition on the flora on the Ghent Altarpiece
The focus of the exhibition A miraculous garden at the Caermersklooster is on the flora on the Ghent Altarpiece by the brothers Van Eyck. The central panel is sumptuously decorated with plants and flowers. Visitors are struck by the diversity and realism, with which the Van Eyck brothers painted this flora and fauna. But the artists did not limit themselves to the unity of time and space....
Kunstschrift issue dedicated to Memling
The latest issue of the Dutch Kunstschrift, the bi-monthly journal for art and art history, is dedicated almost fully to Hans Memling (circa 1435-1494). The focus is on the Memling collection of the Saint John's Hospital in Bruges (part of Musea Brugge). The collection consists of six works from the Flemish Primitive from Germany. What is distinct to this ensemble is that four of the six...
Gerard David, Baptism of Christ, Groeninge Museum, Bruges.
The Flemish research centre for the arts in the Burgundian Netherlands is organising the second edition of its museum research school in 2016-2017. The innovative formula of this Musea Brugge Research School allows motivated art history students to study 15th and 16th century art works from the Bruges museum collections in depth, as part of a select group of other students, docents, and curators...
Book: Bosch in detail
Till-Holger Borchert (Director, Musea Brugge) has written the book Bosch in detail, the third book in the In detail series by Ludion. Jheronimus Bosch (ca. 1450-1516) is one of the most famous painters in history. The book deals with his most well-known works, which are illustrated in full-page detail. In diverse chapters, a number of themes from the artist are treated: faces, Heaven and Hell,...
Chair Francqui attributed to Dominique Vanwijnsberghe
The faculty of Letters and Philosophy of the University of Namur (Université de Namur) attributed the Chair Francqui to Dominique Vanwijnsberghe. Vanwijnsberghe is a researcher at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK/IRPA, Brussels). He is a specialist of fifteenth century painting and book illumination. (News item February 10, 2016)
Exhibition ‘A New Look at a Van Eyck Masterpiece’
This focus exhibition presents the findings of a recent study of the Crucifixion and Last Judgment paintings (ca. 1440-41) by Jan van Eyck and his workshop. These paintings and their frames have undergone technical investigations in an effort to solve long-standing mysteries about them. Whether the paintings were always intended as a diptych, or whether they were originally the wings of a...
Jan van Eyck, Saint Barbara, KMSKA, Antwerp.
The exhibition ‘Unfinished: Thoughts left visible' addresses a subject critical to artistic practice: the question of when a work of art is finished. Beginning with the Renaissance masters, this scholarly and innovative exhibition examines the term 'unfinished' in its broadest possible sense, including works left incomplete by their makers, which often give insight into the process of their...