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 famous Rogier, for the first time in the St. Dymphna Church. Van der Weyden created the monumental altarpiece at the culmination of the Dymphna cult, which is inextricably linked to the city of Geel. The Phoebus Foundation subjected the panels to an extensive restoration project of more than three years, with amazing discoveries!

The exhibition sheds light on Dymphna’s extraordinary life story, the fascinating history of Van der Weyden’s altarpiece and the secrets behind the layers of paint. Moreover, you will become acquainted with the centuries-old tradition of spiritual care, mercy and charity of the city of Geel, of which Saint Dymphna laid the foundations. All this in the form of an audio-visual trajectory with a good dose of humour and haunting emotion.

Immerse yourself in the extraordinary world of Dymphna. Book your ticket now for only one euro!

(c) Luk Monsaert

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 Netherlands! You will discover everything about Jordaens’ fascinating life and be surprised by the stories behind his ingenious and sometimes witty paintings. Moreover, you will really get to know the master: you will step into the contemporary reconstruction of Jordaens’ showroom with the recently restored original door and ceiling pieces. Except for their original location in Jordaens’ own house, these works have never before been shown together!

Last month to discover the exceptional masterpieces by Jacob Jordaens from the collection of The Phoebus Foundation in Haarlem.

Book your ticket now!

© Sam Tobiana

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 at the Frans Hals Museum is open again!

(c) Luk Monsaert

And there’s more! The exhibition has been extended until May 8 so you still have plenty of time to admire Jordaens’s masterpieces and get to know this surprising master better. Book your ticket now!

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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-deco style and with a frame of 3500 tons of steel, the tower is a true architectural gem. Various famous architects, among them Emil van Averbeke, Jan Van Hoenacker and Jos Smolderen, were involved in the construction of the monument. With its original height of 87,5 m, the Boerentoren even was the first skyscraper in Europe.

The tower was constructed on the occasion of the World Exhibition in 1930 by the Middenkredietbank, who mainly managed the savings from farmers and the Farmer’s Union. This is why the tower obtained its nickname ‘Boerentoren’. The Antwerp icon later became property of Kredietbank and KBC, whose logo adorns the top of the tower.

Boerentoren Opbouw

In a few years, the Boerentoren will no longer be a financial skyscraper but a cultural tower. Wandering around our exhibitions with a spectacular view on the city center? Having coffee in the sculpture garden on the 10th floor? Taking the elevator to the highest floor and seeing the entire city of Antwerp at a single glance? It will all be possible soon! We look forward to start this exciting adventure together with you!

Boerentoren