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    Behind the Scenes in Tallinn

    Behind the scenes

    On June 21, 2024, the exhibition History and Mistery: Latin American Art and Europe opened at the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn, Estonia. This exceptional installation features 112 Latin American works curated by Sirje Helme and Kadi Polli, whilst offering a unique scenography desig ...

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      Amorphous Figures

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      With Koen Fillet and Naomi Meulemans, project assistant and restorer of modern and contemporary art at The Phoebus Foundation. Who is the Chilean artist Roberto Matta, and how has he evolved in the art world? Naomi Meulemans, restorer and project assistant at The Phoebus Foundati ...

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        Behind the Scenes in Montreal

        Behind the scenes

        At the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA), a lot of work has been going on behind the scenes over the past few weeks in preparation for the upcoming exhibition Saints, Sinners, Lovers and Fools, which opens on 8 June 2024. A particularly fascinating aspect of the preparation was ...

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          Head-Baker

          Podcast

          With Koen Fillet and art historian Dr Wendy Wauters. The Phoebus Foundation’s collection includes an unusual painting which has an equally unusual title: Head-Baker. A baker’s servant, frozen in motion, with his cleaver raised high in the air, is poised to decapitate the man ...

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          Collection highlights

          La chasse

          Karel Appel, 1956

          Zelfportret met stilleven

          Self-Portrait with Still Life

          Fernando Botero, 1963

          Winter in Etikhove

          Valerius De Saedeleer, ca. 1926

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

          Peter Paul Rubens, ca. 1620

          Moonscape with Merry Animals

          Constant, 1948

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

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

          Etruscan Mirror

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

          Shut Your Mouth

          Quinten Metsys, ca. 1528

          Virgin and Child with Archangel

          Juan Correa, ca. 1710

          The Holy Family of Nazareth

          Diego Quispe Tito en atelier, ca. 1675

          Portrait of the Antwerp Jeweller Johannes Gansacker

          Antoon Van Dyck, ca. 1620-21

          Børneleg (Children’s Game)

          Asger Jorn, 1953

          The Life of Mary: The Marriage of the Virgin

          Onbekende meester, 1418-25

          Triptych with the Adoration of the Magi

          Meester van Frankfurt en atelier, 1510-20

          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

          The Lovers

          Gust. De Smet, 1921

          Pair of Silk Boots from Central Asia

          Onbekende meester, 1010-1160

          7519

          Our Lady of Aránzazu

          Onbekende meester (Mexico), 18de eeuw

          Spring

          Valerius De Saedeleer, ca. 1926

          7443

          Celestial Globe

          Jodocus Hondius, 1648

          Figures

          Constant, Corneille, 1950

          7204

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

          Onbekende meester, 18de eeuw

          Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

          Abraham Ortelius, 1575

          The Pink Alley

          Rik Wouters, 1912

          Bridal Ensemble in Valenciennes Lace

          Landscape with Mountains and Fruit Trees

          Diego Rivera, 1948

          Portrait of an Old Woman

          Quinten Metsys, ca. 1510

          Black Bread

          Constant Permeke, 1923

          Saint Barbara

          Onbekende meester, 18de eeuw

          The Fishmonger’s Stall

          Frans Snijders, 1620-30

          The Dark Night of Aranoë

          Leonora Carrington, 1976

          Constructif “La Panne”

          Joaquin Torres-Garcia, 1932

          Amorphous Figures

          Roberto Matta, 1940

          Antwerp Cathedral

          Village with a Group of Trees and a Mule

          Pieter Bruegel I, ca. 1554

          The Assumption of the Virgin

          Nicolás Enríquez, 1744

          Skeleton Arresting Masqueraders

          James Ensor, 1891

          7287

          Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio

          Rumold Mercator naar Gerard Mercator, 1587

          The Weaver

          Diego Rivera, 1936

          7253

          Lass tausend Blumen blühen

          Anselm Kiefer, 1998

          Study of an Old Woman

          Peter Paul Rubens, ca. 1615-20

          Currently on view

          Saints, Sinners, Lovers and Fools : Three Hundred Years of Flemish Masterworks

          08/06/2024 - 20/10/2024

          History and Mystery: Latin American Art and Europe

          21/06/2024 - 03/11/2024

          Dirck van Delen, a Zeeland Master of the Golden Age

          15/01/2024 - 15/11/2024

          T.rex «TRINITY»

          25/01/2024 - 19/01/2025

          Retable with the Lamentation

          05/02/2024 - 01/02/2027

          Hof van Busleyden

          24/02/2024 - 24/02/2025

          Constant Permeke against the light

          29/03/2024 - 03/11/2024

          Rodin. A modern Renaissance

          13/04/2024 - 18/08/2024

          Opulence Distilled. Masterpieces from the oeuvre of Jan Davidsz. de Heem

          27/04/2024 - 01/10/2024

          Kunstuur Hasselt

          29/04/2024 - 03/11/2024

          Les Liaisons Désireuses

          26/05/2024 - 13/10/2024

          Flemish Masters in Situ

          31/05/2024 - 11/10/2024

          M&Others

          14/06/2024 - 05/01/2025

          Kunstuur Mechelen 7

          18/06/2024 - 02/02/2025

          Ostend, Ensor’s Imaginary Paradise

          29/06/2024 - 27/10/2024

          Erfgoedsite Ename

          06/07/2024 - 06/06/2025

          3500 years of textile art

          Permanent

          Burcht Singelberg

          Permanent

          Rascals & rebels

          Permanent

          The CoBrA Depot

          Permanent

          Saints, Sinners, Lovers and Fools : Three Hundred Years of Flemish Masterworks

          Exhibition

          08/06/2024 - 20/10/2024

          Our Flemish masters are back in the spotlight, this time shining at the esteemed Montreal Museum of Fine Arts! Established in 1860, the MMFA is renowned as one of Canada’s oldest cultural institutions, housing nearly 47,000 artworks spanning thousands of years. With its innovative approach to art, the museum provides the perfect setting for this new exhibition that bridges past, present, and future. Vice, vertu, désir, folie (or Saints, Sinners, Lovers and Fools) takes the viewer on a journey to the Low Countries from the 15th to the 17th century, a period marked by ...

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          History and Mystery: Latin American Art and Europe

          Exhibition

          21/06/2024 - 03/11/2024

          The Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn will present the Latin American art collection of The Phoebus Foundation for five months during the exhibition History and Mystery: Latin American Art and Europe. This exhibition explores the European influences on Latin American art by highlighting two remarkable periods: the 17th to the 19th centuries on one hand and the modern era of the 20th century on the other. The first part of the exhibition highlights the unique bond between Latin America and Europe in art, which unfolded from the 17th century onwards. Influenced by European cultures, ...

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          Dirck van Delen, a Zeeland Master of the Golden Age

          Travelling treasures

          15/01/2024 - 15/11/2024

          Stadhuismuseum Zierikzee regularly organises exhibitions under the title Zeeland Masters of the Golden Age. Each year is devoted to a specific theme, subject or oeuvre of a particular artist. During the upcoming exhibition, the Flemish master Dirck van Delen will be put in the spotlight. Visitors will then also have the opportunity to admire a work from The Phoebus Foundation collection, namely Deathbed Portrait of Pieter van Delen. The exhibition will run from the 15th of January to the 15th of November 2024. For those who want to discover more about this unique work, Ext ...

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          T.rex «TRINITY»

          Travelling treasures

          25/01/2024 - 19/01/2025

          The Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, also known as Trinity, will be exhibited in the Swiss Sauriermuseum from January 23, 2024, until January 19, 2025. For Trinity, this is also her debut as a museum piece. Almost 12 metres long and around 4 metres at the shoulder, she will be the undisputed queen of dinosaurs at the Sauriermuseum for a year. When Trinity was acquired from Swiss auction house Koller on April 18, 2023, it was immediately clear that the dinosaur fossil fit perfectly into The Phoebus Foundation’s vision. Scientific research and sharing the results of that researc ...

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          Retable with the Lamentation

          Travelling treasures

          05/02/2024 - 01/02/2027

          The retable with the Lamentation from The Phoebus Foundation’s collection will be on display at The Art Institute of Chicago for the next three years. This rare masterpiece, originating from the Southern Netherlands and produced in the 15th century, was originally intended for private worship. Of the few examples with the Lamentation as the central motif, this unique piece will finally be accessible to a wider audience after a long time. A unique opportunity to learn about the artistic and devotional traditions of the period!

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          Hof van Busleyden

          Travelling treasures

          24/02/2024 - 24/02/2025

          In the spring of 2024, Museum Hof van Busleyden will reopen its doors with a staggering transformation. Within the renewed permanent exhibition, you immerse yourself in the splendour of the Burgundian era, encountering celebrities from Mechelen such as Hiëronymus van Busleyden, Margaret of Austria, and Charles V. The exhibition unveils a carefully curated selection of masterpieces from the Northern Renaissance, challenging historical narratives by exploring themes such as nation-building, humanism, religion, globalization, gender, and power. Additionally, the museum seamle ...

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          Constant Permeke against the light

          Travelling treasures

          29/03/2024 - 03/11/2024

          Step into the world of Constant Permeke during Constant Permeke against the light. With approximately 30 remarkable artworks, this exhibition in the renovated Permeke Museum offers a fresh perspective on Permeke’s versatile oeuvre. By intertwining raw emotion with everyday reality, he skillfully portrayed the most delicate moments of human nature, constantly pushing the boundaries of his art. During this exhibition, you can also discover a work by Gust. De Smet from The Phoebus Foundation collection. Sailors in Ostend marks a turning point in De Smet’s art ...

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          Rodin. A modern Renaissance

          Travelling treasures

          13/04/2024 - 18/08/2024

          Musée des Beaux-Arts in Mons presents from April 13th a new exhibition dedicated to the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. This exhibition highlights Rodin’s artistic journey, with Belgium as a central point where his art flourished. His fascination with the innovations of the Renaissance is illustrated through comparisons with influential figures such as Michelangelo, Vesalius, Mabuse, and Rubens. Furthermore, Rodin’s work is placed in dialogue with contemporary artist Berlinde De Bruyckere. During the exhibition, visitors also have the opportunity to admire The T ...

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          Opulence Distilled. Masterpieces from the oeuvre of Jan Davidsz. de Heem

          Travelling treasures

          27/04/2024 - 01/10/2024

          Discover the enchanting world of Jan Davidsz. De Heem during the new exhibition Opulence Distilled at the Snijders&Rockoxhuis. This exhibition not only provides a unique insight into the artist’s oeuvre but also includes a stunning floral still life from The Phoebus Foundation’s collection. In this still life, Jan Davidsz. De Heem reveals a range of subtle details, from the barely perceptible reflection of a windowpane in the glass of a vase to the clear water droplets on the table. With this meticulous attention to detail, De Heem captur ...

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          Kunstuur Hasselt

          Travelling treasures

          29/04/2024 - 03/11/2024

          During the third edition of Kunstuur Hasselt, you dive into the colourful world of Roze Harmonie and Marc greets things in the morning from The Phoebus Foundation collection. Enjoy the fascinating stories behind these works, told by well-known Flemish personalities!

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          Les Liaisons Désireuses

          Travelling treasures

          26/05/2024 - 13/10/2024

          From May 26 to October 13, 2024, you can discover the new exhibition Les Liaisons Désireuses at Kasteel d’Ursel, where the theme of eroticism and its influence on art throughout the centuries is highlighted. Ranging from subtle and sensual to explicit and provocative, a treasure of 18th- and 19th-century erotic objects and paintings from various collections, including those of The Phoebus Foundation, is displayed throughout the castle.

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          Flemish Masters in Situ

          Travelling treasures

          31/05/2024 - 11/10/2024

          As part of the Flemish Masters in Situ art project, various Flemish masterpieces are displayed at the original locations for which they were designed. As a result, a rare bozzetto by Anthony Van Dyck from our collection can be viewed in the Church of Our Lady in Dendermonde. This compositional sketch illustrates The Adoration of the Shepherds, which was designed for the church’s chapel. The bozzetto offers a glimpse into Van Dyck’s initial concept for the composition. The sketch was likely made to present his design and secure the commission. Most of the sketch ...

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          M&Others

          Travelling treasures

          14/06/2024 - 05/01/2025

          Starting June 14, the Fashion Museum in Hasselt will dedicate an entire exhibition to the transformative power of motherhood through the lens of fashion. Central to this exhibition are mother figures in all their forms, from kinship and families to mentoring and other expressions of nurturing. Additionally, the exhibition explores how mothers have served as sources of inspiration for fashion designers throughout history. In addition to this magnificent work by Lucas Cranach I, there are also two other works from The Phoebus Foundation to discover in the exhibition. M&Ot ...

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          Kunstuur Mechelen 7

          Travelling treasures

          18/06/2024 - 02/02/2025

          Het Kunstuur regularly showcases works by Belgian artists in exhibitions at various locations throughout Belgium, where famous Flemings highlight their connection to an artist or artwork. As usual, The Phoebus Foundation contributes by lending several pieces from its collection. During the seventh edition of Kunstuur Mechelen, you can discover two works by Théo Van Rysselberghe in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit in Mechelen.

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          Ostend, Ensor’s Imaginary Paradise

          Travelling treasures

          29/06/2024 - 27/10/2024

          Ensor’s imaginary paradise depicts the unique bond between James Ensor and his hometown of Ostend. Throughout his life, he embraced the city as his artistic playground, which is reflected in his work. The many idyllic images of the sea, dunes, and polders honor the cultural coastal city. As a member of local artistic circles, he actively participated in Ostend’s cultural life and worked to preserve the city’s beauty. This special connection between the iconic Ensor and his beloved coastal city can now be admired in the Venetian Galleries in Ostend. The exh ...

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          Erfgoedsite Ename

          Travelling treasures

          06/07/2024 - 06/06/2025

          On July 5th, a new permanent exhibition opens at the provincial heritage site Ename, allowing you to explore the fascinating world of heritage both frontstage and backstage. Through various masterpieces, including three from The Phoebus Foundation collection, you will encounter the most captivating stories. Additionally, you can meet experts on-site who share their latest scientific insights about the exhibited artworks.

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          3500 years of textile art

          Exhibition

          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

          Exhibition

          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

          Exhibition

          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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          The CoBrA Depot

          Exhibition

          Permanent

          The CoBrA depot joins Katoen Natie’s HeadquARTers. It is an exploration of the very diverse collection: paintings, graphic work, sculptures and applied art, bibliophile editions and other publications as the foundation of the movement. Versatility is the strong suit of this collection. The big names of CoBrA are present: Dotremont, Alechinsky, Appel, Corneille, Constant and Jorn, among many others. From a slightly odd concept, totally in line with CoBrA, the depot visit gives the opportunity to experience the essence of the CoBrA movement.

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