History of sculpture, starting with Rodin up to the present. In 1950, the city of Antwerp organized a successful international open-air sculpture exhibition in Middelheim Park. As a result, the expansive park became a permanent venue for creative beauty in the form of sculptures. After 50 years of collecting, the park now prides itself with an impressive collection of modern sculptures.
The Middelheim Museum collection includes approximately 400 works of art. Every year sees new works added to the collection. Around 215 sculptures have been placed in the park, including works by major artists such as Auguste Rodin, Rik Wouters, Henry Moore, Juan Muñoz, Carl Andre, Panamarenko, Franz West, Erwin Wurm and many others.
Each year, the museum invites contemporary artists to engage in an artistic dialogue with the permanent collection and the park environment, resulting in high-profile performances and impressive exhibitions by well-known artists as well as promising younger ones. These new works are frequently included in the permanent collection. Roman Signer and Ai Weiwei have also recently created new works specifically for the museum.
Renaat Braem, one of Belgian’s best-known 20th century architects, designed the beautiful pavilion in 1971. It has recently been refurbished and forms a pleasing synergy with the park. The Belgian artist Philippe Van Snick created the extraordinary fountain in front of the pavilion. The Braem Pavilion is reserved for the fragile showpieces of the permanent collection, and works by well-known artists such as Alberto Giacometti, Jean Arp, Wim Delvoye and many others receive the attention and care they deserve. The Braem Pavilion exhibition changes twice each year.
Starting at the Braem Pavilion, a 750 metre corridor runs through the park, past the Middelheim Castle and over the Middelheimlaan to Hortiflora, a flower garden that was formerly part of the Nachtegalen Park until its inclusion in the Middelheim Museum in 2012. The open-air museum now covers no fewer than 30 hectares of park and exhibition space. Three exhibitions are hosted annually in and around the exhibition pavilion ‘Het Huis’, which was designed by Robbrecht and Daem.
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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.
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.
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.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (M HKA) is an international museum, with its own collection and temporary exhibitions. Dominating the Zuid, one of Antwerp’s trendiest districts it is surrounded by galleries and cosy cafes. The M HKA moves – artistically, it doesn’t shy away from the alternative. Artists of all ilks regularly appear to associate their vision and talent with the works of art in the museum. Next to changing collection presentations and four major projects a year, M HKA has a varied programme of performances, lectures, concerts, debates, guided tours, museum chats and breakfasts.
The Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp is closed for renovation until the end of 2018. Consequently the holdings can, for the time being, not be displayed at the familiar building in Antwerp’s Zuid or ‘South’ quarter. Yet the collection remains close by and accessible. Selected highlights can be admired at various host venues in and around Antwerp.
This museum is the continuation of the Of the Officina Plantiniana, founded by Christoffel Plantijn in 1555, as the first industrial printing works in history. Granted by Unesco in 2005, the museum demonstrates the entire book production process from the 15th to the 18th century. Currently the museum is in need of a bit of a facelift, which is why it is closed until 29 September 2016.
Antwerp’s public social welfare centres art collection is at the Maidens' House Museum. This Museum, a 16th-century former orphanage for girls, is home to a splendid art collection from the 15th to 17th centuries, including paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck and Jordaens.
The museum allows you to become acquainted with the impressive and highly admired art collection formed during the last two decades of the 19th century by Fritz Mayer van den Bergh. The museum opened its doors in 1904, three years after the death of Fritz Mayer van den Bergh. That it exists at all is due to his mother, Henriëtte van den Bergh.