Don't miss Bruegel. The Originals

17 September 2019 - 15 September 2020

Until 15 September 2020, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium (RMFAB) will be showing off the masterpieces of the world-famous Flemish renaissance painter, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, to mark the 450th anniversary of his death, thanks to the financial support of Visit Flanders.

During his brief career, Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525?-1569) painted about forty paintings, as far as we know. To mark the 450th anniversary of his death, the RMFAB will be exhibiting a number of original paintings from their Bruegel collection, as the second largest in the world: The Fall of the Rebel Angels (1562), Winter landscape with Ice skaters and Bird trap (1565), The Census at Bethlehem (1566) and The Adoration of the Kings (presumed around 1556). In fact, you never tire of his rich diversity of peculiar, sometimes recognisable, characters and depictions. Each time you look you discover something new.

You can also discover Bruegel through a digital experience. Explore his 16th-century world for yourself, by wandering into ceiling-high projections of his paintings on the walls. Stand amidst the villagers, angels and monsters. Those who find this too confrontational can visit one of the 12 virtual exhibitions on a number of interactive screens. Using image and sound fragments, specialists provide detailed text and explanations about many of the paintings and prints, Bruegel's life, inspiration and legacy. There's plenty to choose from.

In addition, the renovated Bruegel room reopened on 14 September 2019.