The Life of the Artist, Rubens, is Celebrated in Belgium

In 2004 Antwerp and LILLE 2004 Cultural Capital of Europe, will bring back to everybody’s attention the best known Belgian. But how well do we actually know him? P.P. RUBENS the painter is merely a starting point. Several exhibitions will be the lead to (re)discover the master of the Flemish baroque also as graphic artist, as designer, as collector, as teacher and as source of inspiration.

March 6 through June 13: Rubens, The Collector
This exhibition wishes to assemble a large part of Rubens’ valuable art collection in his own splendid house. A collection which consisted of paintings including masterpieces from Titian, Brueghel and Van Dyck.
Rubens House, Wapper 9-11 – . Opening hours daily except Mondays from 10 AM to 5 PM. Entrance fee: 8.50 EURO

June 12 through September 12: Copyright Rubens – Rubens and Graphic Art
Even though Rubens had his prints made by others, he did have a fundamental impact on the mode of reproduction printers used. That Rubens didn’t just accept a decent reproduction is proven by the existence of a lot of designs and prints Rubens corrected himself. He had a very basic and original view on the effect that outlines, shades, lines and volumes have on graphic art.
Museum Plantin Moretus, Vrijdagmarkt 22 – Opening hours daily except Mondays from 10 AM to 5 PM. Entrance fee: 5 EURO
May 8 through August 1: The Invention of Landscape – Flemish Landscape Painting from Patinir to Rubens
The landscape painters Jan Brueghel, Paul Bril, Joos de Momper the Younger, Bonaventura Peeters the Elder and the Younger have a very special place in the collection of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts. Yet the importance of landscape painting before, in and after the age of Rubens is all too often ignored. This exhibition will not only focus on the great Flemish landscape artists in the time of Rubens but also on surprising evolutionary moments.
Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Leopold De Waelplaats, – Opening hours daily except Mondays from 10 AM to 5 PM. Entrance fee: 7 EURO

March 6 through June 13: From Delacroix to Courbet – Rubens under discussion
The Palais des Beaux-Arts of Lille has an impressive collection of French Romantic and realist painters. As guests in the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp masterpieces from those first 19th century modern artists such as Delacroix, Ingres and Courbet will be confronted with 17th century models like Rubens and Jordaens from the Museum’s own collection.
Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Leopold De Waelplaats – Opening hours daily except Mondays from 10 AM to 5 PM. Entrance fee: 5 EURO.

All year round: Rubens in Antwerp – Walks in the footstep of the master
City of Antwerp – self guided walks
Different walks will lead the visitor through Rubens’ town. The walk will introduce Rubens’ versatile personality. As an illustrator of books, designer and diplomat with great interest in classical literature, architecture and history, Rubens was anything but just a painter. Different historical churches and squares give prove of the master’s influential presence. Using the life of Rubens as a threat the guide will show a lot of very special spots and as a young, dynamic and trendy city, Antwerp fits Rubens within a more contemporary framework. The walking map is available from the Tourist Office Antwerp, Grote Markt, 13 and costs 3 EURO.

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