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The Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp regularly publishes books and catalogues. Topics can range from the history of the museum to the permanent collection and sometimes focus on special exhibitions.

Published in 2008

James Ensor

Herwig Todts, KMSKA/BAI uitgevers, 146 p., € 15 (DU/EN/FR)

No other museum in the world has as many works by James Ensor on permanent display as the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp. No fewer than twenty four works by the master are on view in two exhibition rooms. But that is not the museum's entire Ensor collection. Another sixteen paintings and over five hundred drawings are shown to the public only occasionally, in exhibitions in Belgium and abroad. Moreover, the museum possesses a fascinating but not-so-well-known collection of letters, manuscript, school notes and enigmatic scribbles. More than enough material to illustrate the full story of James Ensor. This new book by Herwig Todts provides an illustrated introduction to all of the museum's Ensor paintings and a selection of the drawings. The purpose is to introduce a broad audience to the Ensor catalogue in a gradual and accessible manner.

This book is the third in a series of publications on the work of some of the great masters in the collection of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp. It was preceded earlier by editions on Rik Wouters and on Constant Permeke, Gustave De Smet and Frits Van den Berghe.

The Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp. A history 1810-2007

Leen De Jong (ed.), KMSKA/Stichting Kunstboek, 256 p., hardcover, € 45 (DU/EN)

In the past few years, lots of books have been published on the collection of the KMSKA. This book is quite different from the others as it sheds a light on the history of the museum. Going from the search for an ideal museum building to the growth of the collection. It also covers the care of 19th century restorers and the work of researchers and the library. The publication tells us the story of the Antwerp museum as a child of the French Revolution, a part of the Antwerp Academy and the epicentre of the Antwerp quarter 'het Zuid'.

Constant Permeke, Gustave De Smet, Frits Van den Berghe. All the works from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp

Leen de Jong et Nanny Schrijvers, KMSKA/BAI uitgevers, 96 p., € 15 (DU/EN/FR)

BAI Publishers and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp are publishing a series of books about the work of important masters in the museum. The books show all the works of the painter and short texts explain the patrimony in the collection of the museum and the history of the acquisition. The museum has 30 works by Permeke, 18 by De Smet and 8 by Van Den Berghe. This is a tight and edifying group of 56 drawings and paintings. Ever since their youth, the three expressionists form a trio that was supported and promoted later on by 'Sélection' and 'Le Centaure'. In literature, they are also called the pioneers of Flemish expressionism. This book examines the relation between the three artists in detail.

Voorbeeldige busten. Het borstbeeld in de Nederlanden 1600-1800 (Heads on Shoulders. Portrait Busts in the Low Countries 1600-1800)

Valérie Herremans, KMSKA/Snoeck, 192 p., € 34 (DU)

The exhibition Heads on shoulders highlighted every aspect of portrait busts in 17th- and 18th-century art in the Low Countries. Portrait sculpture is perhaps associated most readily with famous politicians, dignitaries, scientists and aristocrats. But they were by no means the only ones to be immortalised in marble. From the end of the 18th century, famous actresses were, for example, also commonly depicted. However, the exhibition did not only feature portrait busts modelled from life, but also head-and-shoulder sculptures representing mythological characters, ancient philosophers writers and emperors from the past. Sculptures from classical antiquity were, after all, a source of great inspiration in 17th- and 18th-century art. The exhibition was accompanied by this publication that introduces its readers in the wonderful world of the portrait busts.

Annual 2006

KMSKA, 215 p., € 30

Jan Cox: Profiel van een kunstenaarschap (Jan Cox: Living One's Art)

Claire Van Damme, Herwig Todts, Valerie Verhack, e.o. KMSKA/Stichting Kunstboek, 360 p., € 45 (DU)

In the spring of 2008 the Royal Museum of Fine Arts painted a picture of Belgian artist Jan Cox (1919-1980). Cox played an important role in post-war art history. He had contacts with the members of the CoBrA-movement and became close friends with Hugo Claus and Pierre Alechinsky. In 1956 Jan Cox left for the USA where he was appointed Head of the Painting Department at the 'School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston'. In 1974 he returned to Belgium and found a new home in the circle of the 'Gallery De Zwarte Panter' (The Black Panther) in Antwerp. This publication is collaboration between the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp and the University of Ghent.

Published in 2007

Rik Wouters 1882-1926. All the works from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp

Leen de Jong, Dorine Cardyn, Yolande Deckers, etc., KMSKA/BAI uitgevers, 120 p., € 22 (Du/EN/FR)

Rik Wouters is the most notable Belgian artist of the early 20th century. He died at the age of only 33, yet his sizeable oeuvre is one of the most beautiful odes to life and love imaginable. The Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp possesses some 110 pieces by this remarkable artist. Wouters painted, modelled and sketched life as it unfolded around him. The environment where he lived - the forest, the pets, the canals of Amsterdam - was a source of inspiration. But above all, his wife and favourite model Nel was a constant muse to him. A series of short chapters by various museum staff members elucidate the life of Rik Wouters, as well as his paintings, drawing and sculptures, the reception of his work by his contemporaries, Brabant Fauvism and the donators of Wouters'works to the Royal Museum of Fine arts.

All publications can be ordered by phone (03/224 95 13), fax (03/ 248 08 10) or online.

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Publications

  • James Ensor (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    James Ensor

  • The Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp. A History 1810 – 2007 (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    The Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp. A History 1810 – 2007

  • The Museumbook (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    The Museumbook

  • Jan Cox. Living One’s Art (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Jan Cox. Living One’s Art

  • Constant Permeke, Gustave De Smet, Frits Van den Berghe (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Constant Permeke, Gustave De Smet, Frits Van den Berghe

  • Rik Wouters. All the works from the Royal Museum (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Rik Wouters. All the works from the Royal Museum

  • Rubens Revealed. Looking over the shoulder of a virtuoso (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Rubens Revealed. Looking over the shoulder of a virtuoso

  • Heads on Shoulders. Portrait Busts in the Low Countries (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Heads on Shoulders. Portrait Busts in the Low Countries

  • Deep Fountain (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Deep Fountain

  • Goya, Redon, Ensor. Grotesque paintings and drawings (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Goya, Redon, Ensor. Grotesque paintings and drawings

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