The Flemish Masters Project 2018-2020

The next three years see a series of unmissable art highlights in Flanders, a Melting Pot of Art and Creativity, Science and Invention

The Flemish Masters project focuses on the life and legacies of van Eyck, Bruegel and Rubens active during the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries, as well as many other notable artists of the time.

Many of the works by these original Flemish Masters can be admired all over the world but there is no doubt that the experience is truer and more powerful when they are seen in Flanders, where the art works were created. On a a visit to Flanders visitors can walk through the actual house where Rubens lived and worked, see the landscapes that inspired Pieter Bruegel the Elder, and discover an original painting by van Eyck in the exact location depicted in the painted scene.

There are Three Must-See Highlights

1. In 2018 the city of Antwerp will celebrate its baroque cultural heritage and the baroque lifestyle that is undeniably part of the city’s DNA. ‘Antwerp Baroque 2018, signed Rubens’ will connect Rubens with his baroque heritage in several cultural disciplines and a series of events and exhibitions, culminating in the re-opening of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp in 2019.

The museum is not only a true Rubens’ treasure trove, but it also houses some of the finest Flemish Primitive’s art including Jan van Eyck’s Saint Barbara and Madonna at the Fountain and Rogier van der Weyden’s Seven Sacraments Altarpiece.

2. In 2019 there will be numerous events in Brussels, Antwerp and all over Flanders, marking the 450th anniversary of Bruegel’s death in 1569.

In spring 2019, Bruegel will be omnipresent in Brussels, as the city will honour its former inhabitant with several exquisite exhibitions and a city-wide programme of events.

Autumn 2019 will bring Bruegel to Antwerp, where the newly refurbished museum of Fine Arts Antwerp opens with a must-see exhibition: ‘BRUEGEL’S CENTURY. Art in Antwerp and the Southern Netherlands 1525-1585’.

3. After its painstaking restoration the magnificent Ghent Altarpiece will return to the St Bavo’s Cathedral in 2020.

Merely the latest in a long line of restorations, the last one was carried out in the early 1950s, this one is certainly the most remarkable and impressive of them all.

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