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Municipal Museum of Lier 
Florent Van Cauwenberghstraat 14
2500 Lier

Opening hours


Opening hours


10am – 12
1pm – 5pm
MO Closed

The museum is closed on January 1 and 2, on Easter day, on May 1, on Ascension day, on Whit Sunday, on November 1 and November 11 and on December 25.

Admission fees

Fees Target group
€ 4 General fee
€ 3

Groups (10 persons min.) 
Residents of Lier
Disabled persons
KnackClub members

€ 1 Youngsters (19 - 25 years)
€ 0

School groups
Friends of KMSKA

Guided tours

For groups

Maximum 25 participants
Price: € 60 (+ admission fee)
Duration: 1,5 hour

T +32 (0)3 8000 555
F +32 (0)3 488 12 76

Bruegel Land


Date 18/06/2011 - 25/02/2018

Pieter Bruegel the Elder has for centuries been a source of inspiration to innumerable Flemish artists. The exhibition entitled Bruegel Land, at the Municipal Museum of Lier, explores the extent of the Master’s influence on subsequent generations of painters.

Who is not familiar with the scenes from popular life by Pieter Bruegel the Elder? They are known the world over and forever etched into our collective memory. In fact Bruegel was already a renowned artist during his lifetime. Emperors, kings and queens, as well as wealthy burghers would pay substantial sums of money for work by his hand. It was a way of confirming their self-identity by distancing themselves from the uncultivated, ‘boorish’ behaviour that Bruegel depicted in his genre scenes. After his death, his sons – Pieter Brueghel the Younger and Jan Brueghel the Elder – picked up the proven success formula. Following in their wake were artists such as Van Ostade, Teniers and Steen, all of whom produced personal interpretations of Bruegelian tavern and festival scenes. In the 18th and 19th centuries, genre painters such as De Braekeleer and Horemans also followed in the footsteps of Bruegel. And in the early 20th century, Bruegel was reinvented by the Flemish Expressionists, as Permeke, De Smet, Smits and Van de Woestyne breathed new life into his peasant scenes with their characteristically earthy palette and raw brushwork.

Focus 5: The Van Beers Affair. Master painter or conman?

Portret Jan Van Beers

From 19 March 2016 to 25 June 2017

Though Jan Van Beers (1852-1927) has gone down in history as a painter, during his lifetime this artist from Lier was best known as an ambitious society figure.

He first made a name for himself with his history paintings, but he became a highly talented portrait painter of the Parisian beau monde. Realistic details characterize his work, which sometimes looks photographic, even to the extent that Van Beers was suspected of copying photographs and also of painting over them. Van Beers took his adversaries to court and had his work examined by experts. The outcome was inconclusive.

The exhibition presents a selection of Jan Van Beers’ eclectic oeuvre and sheds light on the artist's turbulent life. 

The Van Beers Affair on ARTtube

In 1898 Marie Adelaide Belloc brought a visit to the brand-new home of Jan Van Beers (1852-1927) in Paris. During this visit she interviewed him for The Strand Magazine. The artist gave her a tour and told her all about his turbulent life and his oeuvre.

The Van Beers Affair. Master painter or conman? from ARTtube on Vimeo.


Visit the website of Bruegel Land for further information on lectures, concerts, nocturnes, holiday workshops and guided tours on Sundays.

This exhibition is a collaboration between KMSKA and the Municipal Museums of Lier. 

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