In honour of the 75th birthday of the acclaimed Belgian artist James Ensor, Bozar pays tribute to this versatile master with the exhibition ‘James Ensor. Maestro.’ Explore all aspects of his oeuvre through approximately 100 pieces, including oil paintings, works on paper, prints, manuscripts, photos, and musical scores. At the exhibition, you will have the opportunity to admire three artworks from The Phoebus Foundation’s collection.

James Ensor, The Comical Repast, 1905
James Ensor, The Ballerinas, 1896
James Ensor, Dancing in the Glade, 1913

Experience a fascinating journey into the world of ‘tronies’. The exhibition, previously showcased at the KMSKA, is now travelling to The National Gallery of Ireland, shedding light on the emergence of a new genre, namely head studies. During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, artists such as Rubens, Rembrandt, and Vermeer delved into the art of portraying faces individually and in all their glory.

From February 24th to May 26th, 2024, you can explore the origins and evolution of ‘tronies’ through various works, including three from The Phoebus Foundation collection.

Frans Floris, Minerva, c.1567
Peter Paul Rubens, Study of an Old Woman, c.1615-1620
Jacob Jordaens, Head Study of an Elderly Woman, Possibly Barbara Wolschaten or Elizabeth Nuyts, c.1640-1645

Knights of the Golden Fleece: a Brilliant Myth Unravelled reveals the political intrigues and conspiracies within one of the earliest European political alliances, considered by some as the precursor to the European Union. The exhibition features a unique collection of 15th-century coats of arms and various works, including two from The Phoebus Foundation collection.

Anonymous Master, Portrait of Emperor Maximilian I, c.1500-1520
Anonymous Master, Charles V, c.1500

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.

© Sauriermuseum Aathal

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 research with the widest possible audience are always among The Phoebus Foundation’s most important aims. While Trinity is in Aathal, she will be extensively studied under the supervision of leading palaeontologist Dr Nizar Ibrahim (University of Portsmouth, UK).

Trinity owes her name to the fact that she consists of the bones of 3 different T. rexes. They were discovered between 2008 and 2013 in the Hell-Creek and Lance-Creek formations in Montana and Wyoming and are all of similar size, quality, and geological origin. The preparation of the entire skeleton took almost 10 years. In total, Trinity consists of 293 original bones, accounting for 50.17% of the total. Compared to other fossils, this is an exceptionally high percentage. Especially considering that only 32 partial skeletons have been unearthed since the discovery of the first T. rex in the 19th century, and that Trinity is a respectable 66 million years old.

© Sauriermuseum Aathal

Aathal will be the first stop on Trinity’s world tour: the plan is to display the T. rex skeleton in numerous other international museums. However, in 2020 The Phoebus Foundation acquired the iconic ‘Boerentoren’ (‘Farmer’s Tower’), in the centre of Antwerp (Belgium). The art deco building, once Europe’s first skyscraper, is currently undergoing transformation into a ‘cultural tower’: a cultural hotspot with large-scale exhibition facilities. When construction is complete, this will be Trinity’s final destination, where everyone, young and old, can admire her in a permanent exhibition.

© Sauriermuseum Aathal

With the new exhibition ‘The Creation of Science,’ the Catharijneconvent museum in Utrecht explores the connections between science and religion. Through centuries-old scientific instruments, rare manuscripts, and intriguing art, visitors will discover the indispensable influence of religion on the evolution of natural sciences in Western Europe. Among the items showcased, two unique manuscripts dating back to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries from The Phoebus Foundation offer a glimpse into the intersection of religion and science of that era.

Gillet Hardouin and Germain Hardouin, Illuminated Book of Hours, 1513-1527
Athanasius Kircher, Ars Magna Lucis et Umbrae, 1671

From the 8th of February, Mauritshuis will host a new exhibition celebrating a pioneering figure of Dutch painting. This artist not only created the Netherlands’ first floral still life but also gained fame for depicting the legendary dodo. Roelant Savery’s Wondrous World invites visitors to explore the acclaimed artist’s world through over 40 paintings and drawings from both the museum’s collection and international loans.

Roelant Savery’s masterpiece titled A Cattle Market from The Phoebus Foundation collection will is also on display as part of the exhibition. Recently restored, this early work by the artist showcases Savery’s technical mastery in balancing light and colour. What makes the artwork particularly special is the combination of a bright foreground filled with livestock and a dark background suggesting an approaching storm.

Roelant Savery, A Cattle Market, c.1600-1620

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!

Retable with the Lamentation, c.1480-1500

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.

Dirck van Delen, Deathbed Portrait of Pieter van Delen, 1626

For those who want to discover more about this unique work, Extraordinary Death Portrait by Dirck van Delen can be read on our website. In this Phoebus Finding article, Dr Leen Kelchtermans examines the portrait based on the inscription at the top right in order to find out who the person portrayed was and how the portrait was created. Take a look at the article and discover more about the fascinating story behind this work of art!

Charleroi’s Museum of Fine Arts presents a new exhibition that explores the dynamic synergy between sport and art. With sport as a universal challenge and source of inspiration for various artists throughout history, it forms the outset of the exhibition. Moreover, the showcase offers the opportunity to admire Théo Van Rysselberghe’s iconic tennis match from The Phoebus Foundation collection.

Théo Van Rysselberghe, The Tennis Match, 1889

The exhibition will run from the 25th of November 2023 until the 21st of April 2024 at Musée des Beaux-Arts in Charleroi.

From the 17th of November, the Plantin-Moretus Museum will display 85 astonishing drawings by old masters from various Flemish collections. From scribble to cartoon: Drawings from Bruegel to Rubens offers a fascinating and comprehensive look at the art of drawing in the 16th and 17th centuries.

This exhibition not only presents a captivating array of drawings but also offers a deeper exploration of the ‘who,’ ‘why,’ and ‘how’ of drawing during this fascinating period. Visitors are encouraged to delve into the motivations behind each creation, and the artist’s meticulous selection of materials, techniques, formats, and even dimensions. It’s an opportunity to gain a framework for understanding these drawings within their original functional context. Last but not least, don’t miss the chance to discover four remarkable works from The Phoebus Foundation collection!

Peter Paul Rubens, Écorché Study of the Legs of a Male Nude with a study of the right leg, c.1600-1608
Pieter Bruegel I, A Village with a Group of Trees and a Mule, c.1554

M Leuven will present a comprehensive retrospective dedicated to Dieric Bouts starting this autumn. Bouts was a Flemish 15th-century painter from Haarlem who settled in Leuven, where he found his creative haven and gained recognition for his various masterpieces. The emotional depth, attention to detail, and masterful use of light and shadow defined Bouts’ enduring legacy.

Furthermore, the exhibition thoroughly revisits these five-century-old masterpieces by confronting them with contemporary visual culture, allowing for new perspectives of looking at art and image-makers.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Albrecht Bouts also contributed significantly to the art world. One of his works in our collection depicts the head of John the Baptist on a platter. Bouts’ masterful craftsmanship is a testament to his artistic prowess and ability to convey profound themes with remarkable technical skill.

Albrecht Bouts, Head of John the Baptist on a Charger, c.1495-1500

Curious about the life and legacy of Dieric Bouts? Discover DIERIC BOUTS. Creator of images from the 20th of October 2023 at M Leuven. The exhibition runs until the 14th of January 2024.

Experience a fascinating journey into the world of tronies with Turning Heads. The exhibition at KMSKA highlights the emergence of a new genre, namely head studies. During the 16th and 17th centuries, artists like Rubens, Rembrandt and Vermeer delved into the art of depicting faces individually and in all their glory.

Tronies were not meant to be traditional portraits of identifiable individuals but rather served as studies or exercises for artists to explore various facial expressions, emotions, and character types.

From the 20th of October 2023 till the 21st of January 2024, you can discover everything about the origins and evolution of tronies through various works at KMSKA, including three from The Phoebus Foundation collection.

Frans Floris, Minerva, c.1567
Peter Paul Rubens, Study of an Old Woman, c.1615-1620
Jacob Jordaens, Head Study of an Elderly Woman, Possibly Barbara Wolschaten or Elizabeth Nuyts, c.1640-1645