Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp
The stately Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp stands proudly in the Zuid district, a distinctive building holding an impressive collection of art. And although the staircase may seem imposing, you are more than welcome to enter and explore the museum’s world-renowned collection. In 1875, a plan to develop a new neighborhood south of Antwerp was approved by the city council. In 1878, a competition was organized to design a new Art Museum in the middle of this neighborhood, known as ‘t Zuid (Southside).
Paintings by Flemish primitives – Jan van Eyck and Hans Memling – hang side by side with works by Quentin Massys – the founding father of Antwerp’s painting school, Rubens, Sir Anthony Van Dyck and Jacob Jordaens. 19th century artists and modernists are well represented, making the collection a valuable insight into fine art in our time. James Ensor and Rik Wouters, as well as the works of foreign artists such as Titian, Frans Hals, Auguste Rodin and Amedeo Modigliani are on display.
The museum houses a large collection of paintings from the fourteenth century onwards. Antwerp’s most important painters – Rubens, Van Dijck and Jordaens – make up an important part of the museum’s very rich collection but other artists such as Titian and Frans Hals are represented as well.
The Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp is closed for renovation. Meanwhile, you can still admire art works from the collection at alternative locations: for example in the Cathedral of Our Lady and in the Rockox House.
Leopold De Waelplaats 2
+32 3 224 95 50
The museum is currently closed due to renovation work. It is expected to reopen in 2020.
Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp | paintings in chronological order
1551 – 1575