Discover Benelux | Culture | Antwerp Baroque 2018
perience centre. Due to open in 2020, the centre will be an interactive hub for visitors to gain an intimate look at Rubens’ life virtually guided by the artist himself. The centre has three galleries: the first will focus on Rubens in his studio and home with his friends and family; the second will show a virtual walk through Antwerp, visiting sites related to the artist including St Charles Borromeo’s Church and the houses of his close friends; and the third shows a journey through Italy and Spain where Rubens found inspiration.
Baroque Festival Card The Baroque Festival Card is a pass allowing free admission to all exhibitions and monumental churches related to Antwerp Baroque 2018 as well as discounts to other events. Valid for 48 hours, the pass costs 25 euros and with it you receive a guide and map to Antwerp. The card can be ordered online at: www.visitantwerpen.be/trade-baroque
From Baroque Burez exhibition at the Museum Aan De Stroom (MAS). Photo: Athos Burez.
The design of the Rubens Experience Centre, which VisitFlanders and the City of Antwerp has invested six million euros (around £5.3 million) into, comes from architectural firm Robbrecht & Daem. “We were charmed by their vision, which is based on understanding, respect and admiration for Rubens and that honours the site and the spatial principles that Rubens himself incorporated in his house and garden,” says Caroline Bastiaens. A programme of more events and information on tickets can be found at: www.visitantwerpen.be/en/baroque www.visitflanders.com/en
Luc Tuymans at work at Sanguine/ Bloedrood exhibition showing at the Museum of Contemporary Art (M HKA). Photo: Visit Antwerp
From Paul Kookier exhibition as the Fotomuseum (FOMU). Photo: Paul Kookier.
Rubensmarkt. Photo: Visit Antwerp
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