Art Exhibition in Bruges

Pieter Pourbus and the forgotten Masters 

In the 16th century, Bruges experienced an economic recession, and the city became drained of life. Young artists left for Antwerp, which hailed itself as the new capital of art of Flanders. However, using its famous artistic past as a source of inspiration, Bruges soon developed a new style all of its own. 

Pieter Pourbus is one of the artistic exceptions when he started to work in Bruges in 1543 with Lancelot Blondeel. Under the experienced eye of the Bruges master, Pourbus developed into the up-and-coming talent and managed to attract many prominent assignments. From the 'Last Judgement' and the 'Annunciation' to striking portraits of the leading families of Bruges. 

The surprising highlight of the exhibition is the oeuvre of the Claeissens family. Recent research has identified and reconstructed their oeuvre, which has remained unknown for centuries. You will be able to acquaint yourself with the extensive collection of Pieter I Claeissens and his sons. 

Exhibition is on till 21st January 2018 

Location: The Groeninge Museum, Bruges

Tickets price: 8 Euros per adult

2.)    William Kentridge. Smoke, Ashes, Fable

Since his international debut at dOCUMENTA X in 1997, South African artist William Kentridge has achieved worldwide renown. Most recognized for his ten animated films titled Drawings for Projection (1989-2011), Kentridge’s astonishingly diverse corpus includes masterful drawings, prints, tapestries, sculpture, lectures, and opera productions. This major exhibition presents a unique selection of Kentridge’s work curated for Sint-Janshospitaal in Bruges—at 850 years one of Europe’s oldest surviving hospital buildings.

Organized around the themes of trauma and healing, the show takes as its centerpiece Kentridge’s 2015 video installation More Sweetly Play the Dance, a contemporary interpretation of the medieval Dance of Death. Through a dialogue between the displayed artworks and the remarkable hospital setting, the exhibition presents art as a powerful means of ‘working through’ layers of history.

Exhibition dExhibition is on till 25th February 2018 

Location: Mariastraat 38, Bruges


Tickets price: 8 Euros per adult

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