Showcase of the works of Fernand Khnopff at Brussels Royal Museums of Fine Arts – Museum of Ancient Art

The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and the Musée des Beaux-Arts of Montréal, Canada have joined their forces in order to organize an important retrospective of the oeuvre of Fernand Khnopff (1858-1921), a major artist and the leader of the Belgian Symbolist movement.

This event will give the opportunity to show, for the very first time, several hitherto never exhibited and unknown works. Fernand Khnopff began his career when Realism was the most advanced style in Belgium, and he always maintained a commitment to verisimilitude in the details of his works. However, Realism was not enough for him: he insisted that art must suggest the essential mystery behind the visible facts and facades. It was as a painter of symbols and allegories that Khnopff became famous. One of his most baffling allegories is The Caresses, or The Sphinx (1896), a revision of the story of Oedipus and the Sphinx.

The exhibition is held at the Brussels Royal Museums of Fine Arts – Museum of Ancient Art, rue de la Regence, 3. Opening hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM. The museum is closed on Monday and on May 1, 2004. Entrance fee: 5 EURO. The show moves from Brussels to Montreal were visitors can enjoy Knopff’s works from June 2 to September 26, 2004.

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