If you need to survive a rainy day in Bruxelles, the Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique can be your safe harbor. Located at the Koningsplein it offers you a combination of wonderful museums that our interconnected: just buy a ticket and switch in underground passages between the Musée Magritte, the Musée Old Masters and the Musée Fin-de-Siècle. After the Belgian independence king Lépold I. wanted to create a museum about Belgian artists; the current museum building was opened in 1887.
René Magritte was the most important Belgian surrealist painter. The Musée Magritte exhibits two hundred of his works and has therefore the biggest collection of Magrittes works. It is sorted chronologically which helps to understand his development over time.
Within the Musée Old Masters you can see impressive works of European artists from the 15th to the 18th century. This includes geniuses like Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel, Lucas Cranach, Rembrandt van Rijn, Peter Paul Rubens or Giovanni Battista Tiepolo.
The Musée Fin-de-Siècle focusses on the end of the 19th century CE and especially on Belgian artists. But you’ll also find a lot of French impressionism inside and beautiful art nouveau pieces. The artist list includes Lovis Corinth, Gustave Courbet, Paul Gauguin, Auguste Rodins, Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, Henry van de Velde and Vincent van Gogh.
Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique
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