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    How do we date wood?

    Behind the scenes

    This month, we had the honour and pleasure of welcoming Dr Andrea Seim to The Phoebus Foundation’s art conservation studio. With her exceptional knowledge and research in dendrochronology – the scientific method of dating annual rings of trees (also called growth ring ...

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      Karel Appel – Bird

      Podcast

      Conservator Naomi Meulemans looks over the shoulder of CoBrA artist Karel Appel with the work 'Bird' (1954). Like no other, she is able to unlock secrets from the materiality of the paint. The author dissects Appel's painting layer by layer. The outcome is somewhat sobering. Were ...

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        Jacob Jordaens – Portrait of Elisabeth Jordaens

        Podcast

        The portrait of Elisabeth Jordaens may seem charming at first sight, but it also raises many questions. Who was Elisabeth Jordaens? When did her father, the famous Jacob Jordaens, paint her portrait and why does she look like a peasant girl? In this episode, Jordaens expert Leen ...

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          Phoebus Foundation - Kvrancken

          Boerentoren Summer Update

          Boerentoren

          Is it July already? Time flies! The construction works in the Boerentoren are in progress as well at a fast pace. The floors containing asbestos are being further remediated and the non-original interior dismantled. What’s more, the concrete ceiling by star architect Léon ...

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          Collection highlights

          The Lovers

          Gust. De Smet, 1921

          Rotor mit Interferenzen

          Heinz Mack, 1960

          The Life of Mary: The Marriage of the Virgin

          Onbekende meester, 1418-25

          Spring

          Valerius De Saedeleer, ca. 1926

          Papaver (II) Poppy (II)

          Jan Fabre, 2009

          Papaver (I) Poppy (I)

          Jan Fabre, 2009

          Zelfportret met stilleven

          Self-Portrait with Still Life

          Fernando Botero, 1963

          7443

          Celestial Globe

          Jodocus Hondius, 1648

          La chasse

          Karel Appel, 1956

          Børneleg (Children’s Game)

          Asger Jorn, 1953

          The Fishmonger’s Stall

          Frans Snijders, 1620-30

          Constructif “La Panne”

          Joaquin Torres-Garcia, 1932

          Winter in Etikhove

          Valerius De Saedeleer, ca. 1926

          Antwerp Cathedral

          Portrait of an Old Woman

          Quinten Metsys, ca. 1510

          Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

          Abraham Ortelius, 1575

          El caballo y el picador

          Antonio Berni, ca. 1960

          Design for a Ceiling Piece in the Jesuit Church in Antwerp: Saint Margaret

          Peter Paul Rubens, ca. 1620

          Twee albasten pleurants voor het grafmonument van Jean de Berry

          Two Alabaster Pleurants for the Mausoleum of Duke Jean de Berry

          Etienne Bobillet en Paul Mosselman, ca. 1450-53

          Shut Your Mouth

          Quinten Metsys, ca. 1528

          Etruscan Mirror

          Onbekende meester, ca. 400-300 v.Chr.

          Farmer’s Wife

          Gustave Van de Woestyne, 1926

          7519

          Our Lady of Aránzazu

          Onbekende meester (Mexico), 18de eeuw

          Landscape with Mountains and Fruit Trees

          Diego Rivera, 1948

          Portrait of the Antwerp Jeweller Johannes Gansacker

          Antoon Van Dyck, ca. 1620-21

          The Dark Night of Aranoë

          Leonora Carrington, 1976

          Figures

          Constant, Corneille, 1950

          The Virgin and Child with Saints Thomas, John the Baptist, Jerome and Louis (detail)

          Hugo Van der Goes en atelier, ca. 1470-82

          Virgin and Child with Archangel

          Juan Correa, ca. 1710

          Don’t go into the woods, Celina

          Edgard Tytgat, 1929

          The Assumption of the Virgin

          Nicolás Enríquez, 1744

          Pair of Silk Boots from Central Asia

          Onbekende meester, 1010-1160

          Black Bread

          Constant Permeke, 1923

          The Pink Alley

          Rik Wouters, 1912

          Moonscape with Merry Animals

          Constant, 1948

          Amorphous Figures

          Roberto Matta, 1940

          Saint Barbara

          Onbekende meester, 18de eeuw

          The Weaver

          Diego Rivera, 1936

          7204

          One of the Eleven Portraits with the genealogy of the Inca Emperors

          Onbekende meester, 18de eeuw

          7287

          Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio

          Rumold Mercator naar Gerard Mercator, 1587

          7253

          Lass tausend Blumen blühen

          Anselm Kiefer, 1998

          Skeleton Arresting Masqueraders

          James Ensor, 1891

          On the balcony

          Léon De Smet, 1905

          Village with a Group of Trees and a Mule

          Pieter Bruegel I, ca. 1554

          Study of an Old Woman

          Peter Paul Rubens, ca. 1615-20

          Currently on view

          Crazy about Dymphna

          01/04/2022 - 02/10/2022

          Painting in the Spotlight: Michael Sweerts

          11/07/2022 - 11/07/2023

          Brueghel goes Los Angeles

          15/04/2022 - 15/04/2023

          Landscape with archers

          07/05/2022 - 25/09/2022

          Portrait of Henricus Liberti

          18/06/2022 - 12/11/2022

          Symbolism in Flanders

          10/07/2022 - 09/10/2022

          Marinetti and Futurism

          25/09/2022 - 19/02/2023

          3500 years of textile art

          Permanent

          Burcht Singelberg

          Permanent

          Rascals & rebels

          Permanent

          Crazy about Dymphna

          Exhibition

          01/04/2022 - 02/10/2022

          The story of the Irish princess Dymphna reads like a tragic fairy tale. When her mother dies, her father the king asks her to marry him. Maddened by grief at the loss of his wife, he decides his daughter would be the perfect replacement. But Dymphna bravely rebuffs his proposal and flees to the Continent, eventually finding her way to Geel in the Kempen region of what is now Belgium. The king tracks Dymphna down and beheads his rebellious daughter with his own hands. All the same, the princess’s courageous resistance made her hugely popular amongst local people, and befor ...

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          Painting in the Spotlight: Michael Sweerts

          Exhibition

          11/07/2022 - 11/07/2023

          The Chancellery of The Phoebus Foundation has been working with the Keizerskapel (Emperor’s Chapel) in Antwerp since 2017. On a regular basis, a new and unknown jewel from the collection is presented at this unique location. An edition of Phoebus Focus tells the story of the masterpiece and its author gives a lecture. This time, an exceptional portrait by Michael Sweerts (1618-1664) enters the spotlight!

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          Brueghel goes Los Angeles

          Travelling treasures

          15/04/2022 - 15/04/2023

          Our loans literally travel around the world. You can even find our masterpieces in Los Angeles! Since April, Flowers in a Vase with a Clump of Cyclamen and Precious Stones by master painter Jan I Brueghel (1568-1625) has been on display at the J. Paul Getty Museum as part of the museum’s permanent collection. Daffodils, hanging pink roses, an orange lily, flaming tulips, bright blue irises, … The variety of flowers and bright colours are overwhelming and splash from this small panel.Flowers in a Vase with a Clump of Cyclamen and Precious Stones is a masterpiece ...

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          Landscape with archers

          Travelling treasures

          07/05/2022 - 25/09/2022

          Landscape with archers by Gillis Mostaert I will be on display in Mudel for two more weeks! ‘SHOOT. Archery, a cultural heritage’ is an exhibition that focuses on the historical link between Deinze and archery. Its history will be extensively illustrated through various artistic, religious, historical, and sporting aspects. Until the 25th of September, you can book tickets and discover more about this fascinating work by Mostaert and more!

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          Portrait of Henricus Liberti

          Travelling treasures

          18/06/2022 - 12/11/2022

          The Antwerp artist, Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641) cherished his friendships and he did so by depicting his closest friends – other artists, merchants, collectors or musicians – in a portrait. The painting of the Antwerp musician and composer Henricus Liberti (ca. 1610-1669) emerged during the 17th century. Liberti was active as a singer and organist at the Antwerp Cathedral for at least thirty years, but his portrait by Van Dyck has been away from his Antwerp home for a very long time. From Bear Stake Gallery to Euston Hall, the portrait has been in England for m ...

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          Symbolism in Flanders

          Travelling treasures

          10/07/2022 - 09/10/2022

          The Noordbrabants Museum in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NL) is currently the place to be for fans of art from the Latem school! The exhibition Symbolism in Flanders focuses on the first generation of artists from the picturesque artist village of Sint-Martens-Latem. Three important artists take the stage: sculptor Georg Minne, landscape specialist Valerius De Saedeleer and Gustave Van de Woestyne, known for his finely drawn, powerful peasant heads. The artworks of these talented masters express their urge to escape the modern, busy city and return to nature, origi ...

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          Marinetti and Futurism

          Travelling treasures

          25/09/2022 - 19/02/2023

          We are incredibly proud to share this flamboyant work by the Belgian futurist Jules Schmalzigaug with Rijksmuseum Twenthe for their new exhibition Marinetti and Futurism: Manifesto for a New World. The exhibition traces the evolution of futurism alongside the work of its Italian founder, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti. Jules Schmalzigaug (1882-1917), who grew up in Antwerp and later traveled to Germany, Paris, and Italy, was the only painter from Belgium to develop a close relationship with the Italian Futurists in the prewar period. During his stay in Paris in 1912, on the occa ...

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          3500 years of textile art

          Permanent

          Cotton, wool and leather. Katoen Natie was formed to trade, ship, and handle these basic raw materials. Today, the Katoen Natie group provides port and logistics services for a range of other sectors; however, it has maintained its links with the original business through a fascinating collection of antique textile art. ‘3500 Years of Textile Art’ illustrates the history of Egypt, from the Pharaonic to the Islamic period. In five serene rooms you will discover ancient textile art, clothing, accessories and other archaeological finds from ancient Egypt, the Near East and ...

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          Burcht Singelberg

          Permanent

          In a powerful and wide landscape on the Scheldt in Beveren, Katoen Natie built a contemporary office castle that fully matches the historic character of the area. Burcht Singelberg is named after the name of the castle of the Beveren glory, which played a key role in the separation of the southern and northern Netherlands in 1585. Only a hill remains of the historic castle, where the contemporary Burcht Singelberg has been erected. Katoen Natie and Indaver, among others, are based there. The buildings are grouped in a conglomerate, a bold whole that manifests itself promine ...

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          Rascals & rebels

          Permanent

          The exhibition “Rascals & Rebels”, which adorns the corridors of the HeadquARTers, brings together contemporary European and Latin American artists. Every artist addresses a social, political or cultural topic in his own playful or rebellious way. Sculptures by Maria Causa and Jose Gurvich, paintings by Edgard Tytgat and Julio Laraz, installations by Libero Badii and Eddo Stern, … They encourage the visitor to reflect on the generally accepted ideas.

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