The exhibition “Closer to Baroque”, in the MAS Museum, takes visitors on a journey from public life in the seventeenth-century to the more intimate world of the upper classes.
Majestic, lavish and theatrical. At first glance, these are just some of the words you might associate with the “Flemish Baroque”. But there is another, lesser-known and more intimate side to the Baroque, namely that of artworks and luxury objects that were created for the elite.
Baroque was expressed in public artworks, including impressive altarpieces. But during this period, artists also created magnificent artworks for private patrons. Seventeenth-century nobility and the wealthy merchants of Antwerp and the surrounding region decorated their interiors, with their gilt leather wall hangings, with stunning paintings, luxurious furniture and precious silverware.
The exhibition “Closer to Baroque” in the MAS introduces you to all of this and more, as well as transposing this into a more contemporary story. Visitors have the opportunity to discover famous as well as lesser-known Baroque gems, which are preserved in museums and private collections.
A co-production of the MAS and the Rubens House.
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What’s on during the autumn of Antwerp Baroque 2018? A brief overview:
What’s on during the autumn of Antwerp Baroque 2018? A brief overview.
For Antwerp Baroque 2018, the conceptual photographer Paul Kooiker was inspired by the Baroque art of Rubens and Rembrandt.
How did book publishing evolve during the Baroque? Why did a publisher like Balthasar Moretus choose to work with prominent artists? And who are the innovators in publishing today?
The culinary photographer Tony Le Duc has succeeded in elevating basic food to the status of art. A talent that the Baroque painter Frans Snijders has in common with Le Duc.
Antwerp is a vibrant city. And all those residents and visitors who bring so much life to the city also require a lot of parking for their cars. In order to give everyone an equal chance at a parking spot, there is paid parking in many places throughout Antwerp.
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Antwerp is a pocket-sized city. Many of the attractions are within walking or biking distance of each other. Another way of getting around the city is on the trams and buses of De Lijn. Tip: buy your tram or bus ticket in a point of pre-sale (newsagent’s, supermarket, the vending machines at the various stops or in the visitor centres of Visit Antwerp), where tickets are cheaper.