KMSKA regularly lends its holdings for exhibitions at home and abroad. Discover where you can admire our travelling collections.
Flemish Masterpieces from Antwerp. Exclusive Paintings and Engravings from the 17th Century.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai
27 November 2013 – 9 February 2014
Antwerp in the early 17th century. Although the city on the river Scheldt was still licking its wounds after prolonged periods of war, economically and artistically it continued to flourish. With the rise of an affluent bourgeoisie, a new outlet had emerged for the visual arts, in addition to production for the Church and the aristocracy. Status was what these new buyers were after. Not before long, their stately town mansions in this ‘Hollywood on the Scheldt’ would be filled to the rafters with paintings and other art. To meet this huge rise in demand, Antwerp’s artistic fraternity took a step unprecedented in the history of Western art: production was no longer restricted to commissioned work but extended to the open market. Wide landscapes, opulent still-lifes and picturesque scenes of daily life: all tastes were catered for. Printing also flourished, and reproductions of paintings by prominent artists became affordable to all. Moreover, these prints were easy to ship around the world. No wonder that the artistic output from 17th-century Antwerp would continue to reverberate through Western art for centuries to come.
Masterpieces from Antwerp presents a selection from the very best art that was produced in the city during the 17th century: from Peter Paul Rubens to Sir Anthony Van Dyck, and from Jacob Jordaens to David Teniers. Featuring highlights from the collections of Antwerp’s Royal Museum of Fine Arts and Plantin-Moretus Museum – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – this exhibition takes visitors on a fascinating journey through history. It tells the story of Baroque art from Antwerp: a tale of innovation, prestige and effective marketing, as well as daily activity and family life.
The Indian city of Mumbai – which is commonly likened to Hollywood for other reasons – is a logical location to stage this prestigious project on 17th-century art from Antwerp. Both cities are cosmopolitan ports steeped in history and built on a foundation of commerce. By bringing these Baroque masterpieces from Antwerp to Mumbai, the exhibition builds a bridge not only between the two cities, but also between the present and the past.
An exhibition by the City of Antwerp, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA), and Museum Plantin-Moretus/Prentenkabinet.
War and Trauma
Dr Guislain Museum, Ghent
01 November 2013 – 30 June 2014
On the eve of the major commemorations of World War I, the exhibition War and trauma clarifies that the focus, also a hundred years on, should be on the fate of the people. The Dr Guislain Museum in Ghent zooms in on several conflicts during the 20th century, but with an emphasis on a specific medical branch, psychiatry. The Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp has given some of Rik Wouter’s works on loan for this exhibition.
Face to face: Flanders, Florence, and Renaissance Painting
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, Californië
28 September 2013 – 13 January 2014
While many exhibitions have shed light on the beauty of Flemish 15th-century painting, and even
more have celebrated the glory of Italian Renaissance art, “Face to Face: Flanders, Florence, and
Renaissance Painting” will be the first in the United States to explore how Flemish artists helped
make the innovative, sophisticated, and beautiful works of the Italian Renaissance possible. With
29 paintings and about six illuminated manuscripts by artists such as Jan van Eyck, Hans Memling,
Pietro Perugino, and Domenico Ghirlandaio drawn from The Huntington’s collections and those of
several other institutions in the United States and Europe, the exhibition will mark the first time
viewers in the Los Angeles area will be able to see The Huntington’s acclaimed Virgin and Child
(ca. 1460) by Flemish painter Rogier van der Weyden (ca. 1400–1464) displayed alongside its
companion diptych panel, Portrait of Philippe de Croÿ, on loan from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts
in Antwerp, Belgium.
James Ensor. Master of the Mask
6 September 2013 – 19 January 2014
will present the first monographic exhibition of
James Ensor in Denmark -
James Ensor. Master of the Mask. The grotesque masquerade coming to life in Ensor’s
paintings and his often crude renderings of human deception and vice were for a long time met with
indignation and disgust, and only late in his life did he receive official recognition This
exhibition zooms in on Ensor, an artist whose relevance has resisted the passing of time and whose
influence on later generations of international artists from modernism up until the present day has
been immense. 93 works from the Ensor collection of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp will
travel to Denmark for this exhibition, including collection highlights such as
Man of Sorrows and
Skeleton Painter in his Studio.
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
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 will be restored by the museum's restoration team.