Art and Culture
From ancient to modern
Just round the Place Royale, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium is a masterpiece in itself. A few steps away from one another, linked by a single corridor, the Musée Oldmasters Museum, Royal Museums of Fine Arts (BRUXELLES) and the Royal Museums of Fine Arts - Musée Fin-de-Siècle Museum (BRUXELLES) provide a most pleasant walk.
Admire the Rubens, Breughel or Hieronymus Bosch paintings. The Breughel room boasts some of the master's finest paintings: "The Census of Bethlehem", "The Adoration of the Magi", "The Fall of Icarus" to name some.
The 17th century Dutch painting collection is one of the finest in Europe. Down below, in the basements of the modern art section, you'll see Fauvism to Expressionism and onto Surrealism.
In the sculpture section you'll find works by Wouters, Anthoons, Strebelle, Long, etc. as well as Miro, Dali, Boltanski or Picasso in the adjacent room.
The Brussels of the Arts is teeming with originals: the Antoine Wierz Museum - Royal Museums for Fine Arts (IXELLES) or to the little Museum of Ixelles (IXELLES).
A little later, you can visit Victor Horta's masterful doings. The Horta Museum (SAINT-GILLES) in Saint-Gilles where he designed down to the tiniest detail.
Art Nouveau in Brussels at the turn of the century is dazzling with mesmerising furnishings and ornamentation. Van de Velde, Hankar or Van Rysselberghe are other architects of this prolific time, permeating the city with their imagination and technical mastery.
Don't miss the Contretype Photography Museum at the Hannon House (SAINT-GILLES), the former Old England shop (now the MIM - The Musical Instruments Museum (BRUXELLES), or the Belgian Comic Strip Centre - BCSC (BRUXELLES).
The 9th art
Speaking of art, in the premises of the old Waucquez textile shops (Belgian Comic Strip Centre - BCSC (BRUXELLES), the building by Victor Horta is now home to a string of artists of the 9th art: the Comic Strip.
The people of Brussels are acknowledged masters of cartoon characters: you'll notice the number of bookshops around the city that are dedicated only to Comic Strips.