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Schepenhuis Museum Mechelen
Steenweg 1
2800 Mechelen

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Rik Wouters

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Date 24/09/2011 - 31/12/2014

For the duration of the renovation work to KMSKA, the museum's important Rik Wouters collection will be on display in Mechelen, the artist's town of birth. With the exhibition Rik Wouters, Mechelen's Schepenhuis Museum is temporarily transformed into a Rik Wouters Museum.

Rik Wouters was only thirty-three years of age when he died, yet he left behind an impressive oeuvre of sculptures, paintings and drawings. Having started out as an apprentice in the furniture workshop of his father Emile, he eventually enrolled at Mechelen's Academy of Fine Arts and got to work at the studio of sculptor Theo Blickx. Later, he studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Brussels, where he met a young model, Hélène – Nel – Duerinckx, who would become his wife, soul mate and muse. It was here that Wouters, who was already a prolific draughtsman, discovered painting as an artistic medium. Rik Wouters's first exhibition was an instant success. His colourful paintings, the flow of his drawings and his expressive sculptural style earned him acclaim and admiration.

Wouters takes over Schepenhuis

The Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp acquired a substantial part of its Rik Wouters holdings through a donation from the renowned neurologist and art collector Dr Ludo van Bogaert and his wife Louise Sheid. Now that KMSKA is closed for renovation until 2017, this immensely rich collection is travelling to Mechelen, the artist's town of birth. Mechelen's Schepenhuis Museum is, for the coming years, transformed into a Rik Wouters museum, showcasing the work of one of the town's most famous artistic sons. The exhibition, which opens on 24 September 2011, features the loans from KMSKA alongside work from the collection of the Municipal Museums of Mechelen. The pieces are presented in five large thematic galleries: portraits of the artist and his acquaintances, landscapes, scenes from daily life (a laughing child, a woman reading,...), sculptures and paintings of female nudes, and still-lifes. In addition to the main exhibition, annual temporary presentations focus on a different aspect of Wouters's oeuvre.

Download the visitors' guide (PDF, 1 MB)

This exhibition is a collaboration between the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp and the Municipal Museums of Mechelen. Visit the website of Rik Wouters to find out more about the artist and the exhibition.

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Rik Wouters. Highlights

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

    Ironing

  • Exhibition view (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Exhibition view

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

    Education

  • Bust of Nel (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Bust of Nel

  • Mad Virgin - torso (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Mad Virgin - torso

  • Bust of Nel Wouters (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Bust of Nel Wouters

  • Exhibition view (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Exhibition view

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

    Contemplation

  • Woman in Black Reading a Newspaper (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Woman in Black Reading a Newspaper

  • The Old Walnut Tree B (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    The Old Walnut Tree B

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

    The Ravine A

  • Nude Study (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Nude Study

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

    Reverie

  • Exhibition view (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Exhibition view

  • Smiling Girl (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Smiling Girl

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

    Contemplation

  • Etching Table (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Etching Table

  • Rik with the blue blouse (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Rik with the blue blouse

  • Exhibition view (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Exhibition view

  • Woman at Window (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Woman at Window

  • Self-portrait (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Self-portrait

  • Exhibition view (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Exhibition view

  • Jules Elslander, Man of Letters and Director of the Georges Giroux Gallery (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Jules Elslander, Man of Letters and Director of the ...

  • Exhibition view (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Exhibition view

  • Self-portrait (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Self-portrait

  • Nel - Torso (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Nel - Torso

  • Exhibition view (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Exhibition view

  • Exhibition view (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Exhibition view

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