Masterpieces in the MAS. Five centuries of images in Antwerp is the first temporary exhibition of the new Museum aan de Stroom.
The prestigious exhibition confronts the works of old masters with those of contemporary artists. It shows how Antwerp and Flanders have significantly influenced sixteenth and seventeenth-century Western European imagery. The region is also a cradle of today’s visual culture. For this exhibition MAS will collaborate with the Royal Museum of Fine Arts (KMSKA), M HKA and Museum Plantin-Moretus/Prints Room. These museums will all supply masterpieces from their collection. The works tell a tale of visual art in Antwerp, about the origin of a flourishing art market, the role of the port in the dissemination and multiplication of images all over the world and the return of contemporary artists to the essence of the image.
A story of the image
This exhibition is based on A Story of the Image. Old and New Masters from Antwerp which was organised last year in Shanghai and Singapore. The theme will be elaborated upon in the MAS exhibition. Valuable masterpieces that were too fragile to be transported to Asia last year, will be included in this exhibition.
Masterpieces in the MAS. Five centuries of Images in Antwerp is the opening exhibition of the
Museum aan de Stroom and a
Museum Plantin-Moretus/Print Room and
the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp.