Restoration of Thomas Vinçotte’s ‘Triumph of the Fine Arts’ completed
Thomas Vinçotte’s sculpture group, The Triumph of the Fine Arts has returned to the museum’s roof in all its glory.
Like you, we’ll have to be patient for a while longer though. Before we can reopen, our climate control system has to run for a whole year to test it properly and a mosaic floor still needs to be laid in the entrance zone. The museum galleries haven’t been handed over officially yet, while the De Keyser Gallery with our grand staircase has to be refurbished. Only then can we start fitting out the interior and installing the works of art. So the months ahead are going to be pretty busy!
The walls have been painted, the floor polished up and the iconic museum benches are back where they belong. What else has to be done? The ornamental frames in the ceiling still need their gold decoration, the scenography has yet to be carried out and, of course, the monumental paintings by Rubens have to be rehung. Before that can happen, the climate control system must be run for a year to test it.
The passage between the Rubens Gallery (foreground) to the Van Dyck Gallery (background) has been widened to allow the addition of a crossing via which visitors can move unnoticed from one side of the new part of the museum to the other.
As the renovation was being carried out, the building contractor discovered these historic columns that had been concealed inside false walls. They have now been restored.
This elongated space was previously closed off to the public. When the museum reopens, the gallery will form part of the circuit once again. We’re especially pleased that the historic rooms have been given back their original colours.
A new mosaic floor will be laid at this location at the top of the museum steps, to welcome you into the building.
You can also see the lift here that will allow less mobile visitors to access the museum entrance without having to go up the monumental steps.
These magnificent chandeliers will illuminate the entrance lobby. Before that can happen, though, the museum’s staircase needs to be thoroughly renovated.
You’ll have a view from the refurbished bookshop into the reading room of the museum library. The bookcases are already installed – now we just need a floor!