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KMSKA on the road


KMSKA regularly lends its holdings for exhibitions at home and abroad. Discover where you can admire our travelling collections.

Drama and Tenderness – Flemish, Spanish and Italian Art of the Baroque

MNHA, Luxembourg
10 November 2017 – 1 October 2019

Campagnebeeld Drama & Tenderness

The National Museum of History and Art (MNHA) is honoured to present the exhibition Drama and Tenderness - Flemish, Spanish and Italian Art of the Baroque. An exceptional display of baroque art, it features works from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp that will be on loan until it will reopen its doors in 2019. Completed by works from three prestigious European private collections as well as the MNHA's own holdings, this rare ensemble of baroque masterpieces brings together Flemish artists such as Rubens, Van Dyck and Jordaens with Spanish and Italian masters including Murillo, Ribera or Zurbaran.

The exhibition will be accessible to the public from 10th November 2017 until the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp will reopen its doors in 2019.

Rubens. The power of transformation

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wenen
17 October 2017 - 21 January 2018


Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) was a star during his lifetime, and he remains a star today. The extraordinary œuvre of this artistic genius comprises large-scale altarpieces more dynamic and full of coloristic punch than anything produced by his contemporaries, as well as sensual nudes and dramatic compositions.

This show at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna focuses on the most fascinating aspect of Rubens’ art: his critical analysis and use of external sources and ideas. You will for example find out all about the creation process of Rubens’ Venus Frigida, a highlight from the collection of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp that has undergone a restauration treatment at the museum in Vienna on the occasion of this exhibition.

Jean Fouquet. The Melun Diptych

Gemäldegalerie, Berlijn
15 September 2017 – 7 January 2018

Zaalzicht van de herenigde Melundiptiek

Jean Fouquet’s diptych from the Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame in Melun is one of the masterworks of French painting and of fifteenth century art in general. The former left panel, featuring a portrait of the donor Étienne Chevalier and a representation of Saint Stephen, came into the Gemäldegalerie’s collection in 1896. The right panel, depicting the Madonna, has belonged to the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp since the early nineteenth century. In addition, there is the enamel medallion with a self-portrait of the artist, which once decorated the frame of the diptych and is now preserved in the Louvre.

Curated by Stephan Kemperdick, the presentation at Berlin’s Gemäldegalerie will bring all of these fragments together for the first time in 80 years, thereby briefly restoring the lost unity of a great work of art. Planned several times in the last decades but never realised, the reunification of the two large, well-preserved paintings is a sensation and offers viewers an exceptional aesthetic experience.

Neighbours. Portraits from Flanders 1400-1700

Neighbours. Portraits of FlandersMauritshuis, The Hague
7 September 2017 – 14 January 2018

In the Southern Netherlands (now Belgium), the art of portrait painting came into full bloom during the period from 1400 to 1700. During these three centuries, noblemen and wealthy citizens had themselves immortalised by the best Flemish artists of their time. These portraits remain very impressive due to the outstanding way in which the sitters’ facial features and the character were memorialised in paint.

During the autumn of 2017, the Mauritshuis will tell the story of Flemish portraiture using a selection of the best Flemish portraits from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, including major works by Rogier van der Weyden, Hans Memling, Pieter Pourbus, Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck. These portraits will be presented together for the first time in The Hague, along with complements from the Mauritshuis collection and a portrait of Jacob Jordaens from the Rijksmuseum. Remarkably, almost all the sitters can be identified. This is why the exhibition will not only highlight what makes Flemish portraits so special, but also who appears in the pictures and how they wanted to be viewed.

Steen & Jordaens: As the Old Sing…

Mauritshuis, The Hague
11 july 2017 – 15 January 2018

Jacob Jordaens, Zoals de ouden zongen, zo piepen de jongen, KMSKA

Two portrayals of the proverb As the old sing, so pipe the young will grace the walls of the Mauritshuis starting in July. Jan Steen’s large picture from the collection of the Mauritshuis will be joined by the painting by Jacob Jordaens, on loan from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp. This will be a wonderful opportunity to compare these two humorous paintings and discern how two different artists tackled the same subject.

Abraham Mignon in Rome

Belgian Embassy, Rome
Long term loan

The painting Flowers in a vase by Dutch artist Abraham Mignon has travelled from Antwerp to Rome where it will be displayed in the Belgian embassy as a long term loan.

Anonymous in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Museum, Amsterdam,
Long term loan

In 1599 an anonymous painter made a family portrait of the Amsterdam merchant Thomas Gerritszn Doesburch, his wife Claesje Hendricksdr Roeclaes and their children. He did this in a period in which the core family (father, mother and children) became a basic principle in western society. This portrait from the collection of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp has travelled to the Amsterdam Museum where it will be on display during the renovation of the KMSKA.

Rembrandt in Amsterdam

Rembrandthuis, Amsterdam
Long term loan

In 2009 the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp invited the renowned Rembrandt expert Ernst van de Wetering to study the Portrait of the Preacher Eleazar Swalmius as the painting had recently been restored. Van de Wetering concluded that the portrait was made by the Dutch master Rembrandt. During the renovation of the museum you will be able to see it at the Rembrandthuis in Amsterdam.

Van Dyck in the US

Worcester Art Museum
Long term loan

The painting Portrait of a Man by Antoon Van Dyckhas travelled to the Worcester Art Museum in the state of Massachusetts where it has been restored by the museum's restoration team. 


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