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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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