Exhibitions - Now
The Sky is the Limit. The landscape of the Low Countries. Rockox House Museum, in conjunction with the KMSKA and the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
25 March through 2 July 2017
Painting underwent a revolution during the course of the 16th century. New genres, including landscapes, took the art world by storm and flowed into the collections of rich patricians, traders and the nobility. Landscape served as background subject-matter for biblical and mythological scenes, but painters started to express themselves with the new genre in the creation of endless variations on townscapes, mountainscapes, panoramas, depictions of hell and seascapes.
One of the pioneers of Flemish landscape painting was Joachim Patinir. Pieter Bruegel the Elder was painting 'world landscapes' around the middle of the 16th century. In the 17th century, Rubens refocused attention on the landscape with his penchant for the countryside, his panoramic views and the rich diversity of colour on his palette.
The exhibition is made up of loans from the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister Dresden, which will itself be devoting a major exhibition to this subject in the autumn of 2016, together with landscapes from the KMSKA and the Rockox House.
Keizerstraat 12 2000 Antwerpen
Tel + 32 3 201 92 50
Open: Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Golden Cabinet. The Royal Museum at the Rockox House
until 2 July 2017
During the latter part of the sixteenth century and the early part of the seventeenth, the city of Antwerp enjoyed an especially favourable artistic and economic climate that made it the prime production and trading centre for luxury articles. It was a time when many patricians and merchants built up rich collections of contemporary and ancient art, though the majority of those collections have – alas – come to be dispersed in the course of time.
Visitors to the Rockox House in Antwerp will be able to see how an Antwerp art collection must have appeared in the Golden Century. More particularly, the residence of burgomaster and patron Nicolaas
Rockox (1560–1640) is being transformed into a luxurious art cabinet with top items from Antwerp’s Royal Museum of Fine Arts (closed for renovation) and the most important works from the Rockox House itself. On display will be a range of fine paintings by such masters as van der Weyden, Memling, van Eyck, Rubens and van Dyck.
Rockox House Museum :
Tel. + 32 3 201 92 50
Open: Tuesday to Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed: Monday, 1 and 2 January, Ascension Day, 25 and 26 December.
The exhibition runs until 2 July 2017.
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