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    Unknown Antwerp Master – Portrait of a Young Woman

    Podcast

    With Koen Fillet and Leen Kelchtermans, researcher of The Phoebus Foundation Who is this young lady, and by whom was she so accurately portrayed? In this episode, researcher of The Phoebus Foundation, Leen Kelchtermans, unravels the mystery behind this seventeenth-century portrai ...

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      ‘Wat is Kunst?’ launch

      News article

      Our brand-new art project for kids is finally here: ‘Wat is Kunst?’ (What is Art?) or WIK! WIK is an interactive art platform for kids from the ages of 8 to 12. In several comical vlogs focusing on art questions, presenter Leonard and his virtual assistant JOS take yo ...

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        Patershol te Gent

        Patershol in Ghent

        Podcast

        At first glance, this artwork seems to depict a winter scene with happy children playing in the snow, but upon closer inspection, we discover that nothing is what it looks like. In this episode of Phoebus Focus, Koen Fillet talks with art historian Inge Misschaert about Ghent etc ...

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          Wat is Kunst? / What is Art?

          News article

          Discover our upcoming art project for children: What is Art? (‘Wat is Kunst?’) Or WIK! That’s right! We are developing a great interactive art platform for children aged 8 to 12. Through several comic vlogs focusing on art questions, presenter Leonard, known fro ...

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            Behind the scenes in Sudbury

            Behind the scenes

            Collection Consultant Katrijn Van Bragt and Conservator Naomi Meulemans take you along on their journey to Sudbury, Suffolk (UK), for the installation of the Painting Flanders exhibition at Gainsborough’s House! Katrijn and Naomi made sure more than 40 masterpieces by Emile C ...

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              The Boerentoren’s new design

              Boerentoren

              Last week, the new architect and design of the Boerentoren were announced to the public. None other than leading architect Daniel Libeskind and his studio were selected to transform the iconic Boerentoren into a new public cultural hub where visitors can enjoy spectacular art exh ...

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                October developments

                Boerentoren

                Another month, another selection of images from the Boerentoren. Meanwhile, several floors will continue to be remediated, and other relevant works will be carried out. Floor slabs will also be removed and stripped for the next few months.

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                  Phoebus Fellow of the month: Clara Bondia

                  Behind the scenes

                  This month, we take you behind the scenes of our conservation studio, where a new Phoebus Fellow joined the team for three months: Clara Bondia (ES)! Clara tells you more about her projects at The Phoebus Foundation: “On the one hand, I am studying and working on an 18th-ce ...

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                    Jacob Jordaens – Saint Begga

                    Podcast

                    With Koen Fillet and Leen Kelchtermans, researcher of The Phoebus Foundation In this episode of Phoebus Focus, you will learn everything about religious women and their devotion, but also about Catholic and dynastic power plays. Phoebus researcher Leen Kelchtermans and Koen Fille ...

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                      Joris Hoefnagel – Elegant Company in a Garden

                      Podcast

                      With Koen Fillet and Timothy De Paepe, director of Museum Vleeshuis. In this episode, Timothy De Paepe peels the layers of a late sixteenth-century scene, as if it were an onion. If you look superficially, you see what the title of the work promises: elegantly dressed figures cel ...

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                        September updates

                        Boerentoren

                        As you may already have guessed, the works in the Boerentoren are steadily continuing. The demolition has been ongoing in the past few weeks, with floor slabs removed and backfilled. A picture is worth a thousand words, so enjoy these exclusive behind-the-scenes images taken by o ...

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                          Phoebus Reads

                          News article

                          This month we are captivated by the new study of Dr Leen Kelchtermans and Dr Katharina Van Cauteren published in the international peer-reviewed journal devoted to Dutch and Flemish art, Simiolus. From drawings to comprehensive work of art: a reconstruction of Jacob JordaensR ...

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                            Peter Snayers – Attack on Travellers

                            Podcast

                            With Koen Fillet and Leen Kelchtermans, Researcher of The Phoebus Foundation War, insecurity, refugees, and economic crisis are just a few suspiciously familiar-sounding keywords that marked the 17th century. Peter Snayers specialised in painting war scenes. Besides large canvase ...

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                              Last days of summer

                              Boerentoren

                              The Boerentoren is in a continuous development as well! This month, the deconstruction works from July have been continued: the preliminary demolition of the tower section and the asbestos removal of the ‘foot’ of the tower. Unfortunately, this month we were also star ...

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                                Crazier about Dymphna

                                News article

                                Our Crazy about Dymphna exhibition has been extended until the 2nd of October! For those who have not found the opportunity yet to get to know the remarkable Saint Dymphna and the impressive altarpiece by Goossen Van der Weyden, you have three more weeks to get to Geel! Than ...

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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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                                          Phoebus Foundation - Bruikleenwerking

                                          Take a look at our loans

                                          Behind the scenes

                                          You may have noticed… Our loan activities do not stand still! Moreover, ever since the end of the (worst) Covid-19 pandemic, we have a particularly large number of artworks that are leaving our warehouse on a short or longer journey to be presented in Belgium and abroad. Fo ...

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                                            Zot van Dimpna

                                            Goossen Van der Weyden – The Life of Saint Dymphna

                                            Podcast

                                            The life of Saint Dymphna reads like a fairy tale! The life story of this remarkable saint appeals so much to the imagination that Goossen Van der Weyden (1465-1538), grandson of the famous Rogier, painted an altarpiece, consisting of eight panels, with an episode from the life o ...

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                                              Phoebus Fellow - Alexandra

                                              Meet our Phoebus Fellow: Alexandra

                                              Behind the scenes

                                              Meet our new Phoebus Fellow: Alexandra Taylor! All the way from New Zealand, Alexandra joined our conservation team last month. She will assist our conservators in various projects for the next three months. Alexandra immediately started with the treatment of Jan Miel’s Figure ...

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                                                Michaelina Wautier - Studie van een jonge vrouw

                                                Michaelina Wautier – Study of a Young Woman

                                                Podcast

                                                With Koen Fillet, Katrijn Van Bragt (Collection Consultant) and Sven Van Dorst (Chief Conservator) of The Phoebus Foundation The Study of a Young Woman (c.1649-1659) by the Brussels artist Michaelina Wautier appears at first sight to be an ordinary study. Nothing could be further ...

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                                                  Achter de schermen bij Dimpna - in de kerk

                                                  Behind the scenes with Dymphna

                                                  Behind the scenes

                                                  Crazy about Dymphna opened a month ago in Geel! Project coordinator Niels Schalley is happy to tell you more about the construction and installation of this fascinating exhibition:   “After a two-year delay because of Covid-19, it was fantastic to finally be abl ...

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                                                    Zot van Dimpna

                                                    Dymphna is finally coming home!

                                                    News article

                                                    From April 1 onwards, we bring Goossen Van der Weyden’s exceptional Dymphna altarpiece to the place where it all began: Geel! With Crazy about Dymphna, The Phoebus Foundation is showing the altarpiece with the life of Saint Dymphna by Goossen Van der Weyden, grandson of the fam ...

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                                                      Mis onze tentoonstelling in Haarlem niet!

                                                      At Home with Jordaens

                                                      Video

                                                      Discover the Antwerp superstar Jacob Jordaens like never before and be surprised by the stories behind his ingenious and sometimes witty paintings. What’s more: in the reconstruction of his showroom, you can actually visit the master at home! In cooperation with the Frans H ...

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                                                        Mis onze tentoonstelling in Haarlem niet!

                                                        Don’t miss our exhibition in Haarlem!

                                                        News article

                                                        The sun is shining, the Covid-19 measures have (almost) disappeared,… ideal for a trip to Haarlem! Until May 8, you can admire At Home with Jordaens at the Frans Hals Museum: the first monographic exhibition of the seventeenth-century Antwerp master Jacob Jordaens in the Ne ...

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                                                          Restauratiebehandeling van Los Muñecos

                                                          Conservation treatment of Los Muñecos

                                                          Behind the scenes

                                                          We start this new year with launching exciting conservation projects at the Phoebus conservation studio! Naomi Meulemans, conservator of the modern and contemporary sub-collections, oversees the restoration campaign of the installation Los Muñecos, created in 1960 by Italian-Arg ...

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                                                            From Memling to Rubens

                                                            From Memling to Rubens

                                                            Video

                                                            Why does Hans Memling paint every detail with such precision? How did Rubens manage, with a few brushstrokes, to create an effect that would have made Steven Spielberg jealous? And why were the Southern Netherlands the artistic centre of the world for three centuries? From Memlin ...

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                                                              Tot ziens, Tallinn!

                                                              Goodbye, Tallinn!

                                                              Behind the scenes

                                                              Time flies! After more than seven months, we said goodbye to the city of Tallinn at the end of November 2021, where we organized the exhibitions From Memling to Rubens and Crazy about Dymphna at the Kadriorg Museum and the Niguliste Museum. It was such an honour to travel abroad ...

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                                                                'Thuis bij Jordaens' is verlengd!

                                                                ‘At Home with Jordaens’ is extented!

                                                                News article

                                                                With isolations and quarantines, the end of the coronapandemic does not seem to be in sight. Even our paintings of the famous Jacob Jordaens (1593-1678) in Haarlem had to go into lockdown for a few weeks. Fortunately, we have great news: the At home with Jordaens exhibition ...

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                                                                  Blind Date

                                                                  The Bold and the Beautiful

                                                                  Video

                                                                  The many portraits from the Middle Ages to the early modern period from The Phoebus Foundation collection formed the ideal starting point for the fascinating story of the history of portraiture. In 2020, The Phoebus Foundation, in cooperation with the Museum Snijders&Rockox H ...

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                                                                    Expeditie in het land van Reynaert

                                                                    Fox Hunt

                                                                    Video

                                                                    In 2018, the Chancellery of The Phoebus Foundation introduced the public to a new sub-collection. Fox Hunt was not just any exhibition: it comprised a cycling and presentation circuit devoted to the legend of Reynard the Fox. The wide-ranging Reynard collection was presented in t ...

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                                                                      Oer

                                                                      ROOTED

                                                                      Video

                                                                      With ROOTED, The Phoebus Foundation devoted an exhibition in 2017 to Flemish art between 1880 and 1930. In the leading role? The most influential painters of the period: Emile Claus, Valerius De Saedeleer, Gustave Van de Woestyne, George Minne, James Ensor, Léon Spilliaert, Rik ...

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                                                                        Voor God & Geld

                                                                        The Birth of Capitalism

                                                                        Video

                                                                        The Phoebus Foundation, in collaboration with the Province of East Flanders, organized its very first exhibition in 2016 at the Caermersklooster Provincial Cultural Centre in Ghent. It marked the Chancellery’s first appearance as a new player in the field of old masters. The B ...

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                                                                        Behind the Scenes - Snyders

                                                                        A Date with Frans Snyders

                                                                        Video

                                                                        A spin-off of the exhibition The Bold and the Beautiful took place in Museum Vleeshuis. On the second floor you could admire three tasty paintings by Frans Snijders from the collection of The Phoebus Foundation in a surprising presentation by Walter Van Beirendonck.

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                                                                        Boerentoren top

                                                                        The ‘Boerentoren’

                                                                        Boerentoren

                                                                        In 2020, we received the greatest gift we could have ever imagined! Within a few years’ time, visitors will be able to enjoy our exhibitions in the most iconic tower of Antwerp and beyond: the ‘Boerentoren’ (“Farmer’s Tower”)! Constructed between 1928 and 1931 in art- ...

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                                                                        Lace is more! Dentelle de Calais-Caudry

                                                                        Lace is more! Five reasons to visit

                                                                        Video

                                                                        Lace can have an old-fashioned reputation at times, but in 2019 the Chancellery of The Phoebus Foundation brought this centuries-old luxury textile very much to life. The Phoebus Foundation collaborated with the City of Aalst, the Jan De Nul and Van de Velde companies and with Wi ...

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                                                                        Lace is more! Dentelle de Calais-Caudry

                                                                        Lace from Calais and Caudry

                                                                        Video

                                                                        Caudry, in the north of France, is the world centre of the lace industry, along with Calais. The region has six active companies, which export 80% of their production worldwide, mainly for haute couture and the luxury segment of ready-to-wear clothing. The excellence of the craft ...

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                                                                        Lace is more! An experience

                                                                        Revisit Lace is more!

                                                                        Video

                                                                        In 2019, The Phoebus Foundation organised Lace is More!: an opulent exhibition that introduced visitors to five centuries of cultural history. It focused on lace clothing and accessories as true status symbols, which were often passed on from mother to daughter, or from father to ...

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