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 seamlessly integrates multiple works from The Phoebus Foundation collection into this permanent exhibition, including various portraits by Bernard Van Orley and Jan Cornelisz. Vermeyen.

Workshop of Jan Conrelisz. Vermeyen, Portrait of Emperor Charles V, c.1530
Workshop of Jan Cornelisz. Vermeyen, Portrait of Isabella of Portugal c.1530
Bernard van Orley, Portrait of Margaret of Austria, c.1525