One of very few female painters in the baroque period, the Antwerp artist Clara Peeters (1594 - 1657) was a pioneer of still-life painting. <br />
At the age of just fourteen, Clara painted small, detailed scenes with unparalleled mastery. Her ‘banquet pieces’ flaunting costly dinner services, ornamented metal goblets, gold coins and rare flowers are displayed on a narrow table against a dark background so that every detail comes into its own. Sometimes she even added her refection to her still lifes in the gleaming surface of the jugs and cups.
Twenty paintings by Clara Peeters have survived. On display in the exhibition is work from private collections and the collections of the KMSKA, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and the Rockoxhuis Museum, but also from the Mauritshuis in The Hague and the Prado in Madrid. The exhibition will travel on from Antwerp to the Museo del Prado in Madrid.
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Shorter days and longer nights… Yes, autumn is here. But don’t worry, because in Antwerp we always make sure that every day and every night is simply unforgettable, with fun parties in unexpected places, concerts in palaces and exhibitions and culinary highlights in the city centre. And just when you think you’ve seen it all, we have another surprise up our sleeve for you. Book the Discover Antwerp package, spend the night in Antwerp and make the most of your stay with the Antwerp City Card that is included.
Belgian beers are world-famous, and Antwerp is an excellent place to improve your acquaintance with them. The De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery offers an ideal introduction to the world of beer. Het Pakhuis is another brewery where you can taste authentically brewed beer. In addition, there are plenty of typical ‘brown cafés’ which often have dozens and in some cases hundreds of Belgian beers on the menu. Examples include Bier Central, ’t Waagstuk, Paters Vaetje, de Kulminator and Gollem.
Antwerp has a solid national and international reputation as a creative fashion city. The well-known Fashion Academy and the amazing Fashion Museum as well as the inspiring shopping streets and the various fashionable events organised in the city all contribute to this. The new Antwerp Fashion Weekend event only helps confirm why so many visitors from neighbouring cities and further afield think of Antwerp as the shopping capital of Belgium.
Nothing is more fun than a market.You get a taste of the city and its local offerings.Antwerp has several weekly and monthly markets spread all over the city.They’re highly recommended for those who want to experience the real Antwerp.
The cathedral is celebrating the 450th anniversary of the Diocese of Antwerp with this prestigious exhibition. Magnificent altarpieces held in museums since the French Revolution are returning to the cathedral. A unique opportunity to admire these showpieces in their original setting!
The residence of burgomaster and patron Nicolaas Rockox (1560–1640) is being transformed into a luxurious art cabinet with top items from the collection of KMSKA, closed for renovation, and the most important works from the Rockox House itself. On display will be a range of fine paintings by such masters as Memling, van Eyck, Rubens and Van Dyck.
The MAS is the most prominent place where the city and the port come together, both literally and figuratively. The 60 metre tall tower – a feat of daring architecture – has already become a new landmark in Antwerp. The MAS is focusing on the city’s diversity and reflecting on the many contacts between cultures, both past and present. The museum collection tells the story of the city, the port and the world. On the roof of the MAS, you can also enjoy panoramic views over Antwerp.
Eugeen Van Mieghem (1875-1930) was a draughtsman and depicted people in the port; using various techniques he captured their lives and characters. On display in the museum are 150 of his works, as well as works by other by Antwerp artists. Visitors will gain an excellent insight into the world of this very introverted artist, whose work is once again in the spotlight in Belgium and abroad.