Castle d'Ursel
W. d'Urselstraat 9
2880 Hingene

Opening hours

From 25 May until 15 October 2017

  • Sundays and public holidays from 1pm to 6pm for individual visits. 
  • On weekdays for group visits with afternoon tea (after reservation). 
  • Every Thursday in July and August from 2pm: tours for individual visitors with afternoon tea (after reservation)


Access to the exhibition costs €10. Visit the website of the Castle d'Ursel for more information on rates for group visits, tours for individual visitors and nocturnes.

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T +32 (0)3 820 60 10

The Beauty of the Beast. Animals in art by old and new masters


Date 25/05/2017 - 15/10/2017

Campagnebeeld The Beauty of the Beast

An exhibition on animals in the art of Old Masters and contemporary artists at Kasteel d'Ursel in Hingene. 

Art history begins with animals: humans first depicted them in murals over 30,000 years ago. In the centuries that followed, their portrayal was mostly symbolic. While animals began to feature in all kinds of paintings from the Middle Ages onwards, they only become the true protagonists in the 17th century.

Big names in animal painting

For The Beauty of the Beast, the KMSKA has selected works by artists from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. In their paintings, we find animals that have been at home in and around castles for hundreds of years: companion animals such as cats and dogs, but also farmyard creatures such as chickens, rabbits, cows, horses, sheep, goats, pigs and donkeys. Every pre-eminent name in the field of animal painting is included, from Roelant Savery and Frans Snijders to Jacob Jordaens and Paul de Vos, and from Charles Verlat to Henriëtte Ronner-Knip.

The Beauty of the Beast combines and confronts the Old Masters with the work of dozens of contemporary artists like Karin Borghouts, Johan Creten, Wim Delvoye, Jan Fabre, Gideon Kiefer, Stephan Vanfleteren en Koen Vanmechelen.

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Museum offices

Lange Kievitstraat 111-113 bus 100, B-2018 Antwerpen

T +32 (0)3 224 95 50