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Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium (RMFAB) contain collections of around 20,000 paintings, sculptures and drawings, which are preserved and studied. The RMFAB is comprised of several entities: the Musée Old Masters Museum, the Musée Modern Museum, the Musée Wiertz Museum and the Musée Meunier Museum, the Musée Magritte Museum and the new Musée Fin-de-Siècle Museum.

The Musée Old Masters Museum houses art works from the 15th to the 18th century. Its collections cover the painting of the former Southern Low Countries (the Flemish primitives, Bruegel, Rubens, Jordaens, etc.).

The Museum of Modern Art covers the art from the late 18th century to the present day, mostly Belgian and French painting of the 19th and 20th Centuries, from Rik Wouters to contemporary trends. It contains highly important collections of Ensor, Magritte and Delvaux, alongside interesting works by Dali, Miro, Chirico and many painters from the Cobra school.

The Musée Wiertz Museum, which has preserved its original atmosphere, is dedicated to painter, sculptor and writer Antoine Wiertz (1806-1865), a somewhat controversial artistic figure of the Belgian Romantic movement.

The Musée Meunier Museum est situé à Ixelles dans la maison-atelier de Constantin Meunier (1831-1905), artiste, peintre, sculpteur et dessinateur.

The Musée Magritte Museum presents an outstanding collection of works by the Belgian Surrealist artist René Magritte. This rich collection of over 200 works is the largest in the world.

The Musée Fin-de-Siècle Museum, the works reflect the multitude of artistic disciplines between 1868, date of the founding of the Société libre des Beaux-Arts, and 1914. Famous visual artists like Constantin Meunier, James Ensor, Henri Evenepoel, Fernand Khnopff, Léon Spilliaert and Georges Minne testify to the effervescent activity of this period, reflected also in all other creative fields: literature, opera, music, architecture, photography and poetry (Maurice Maeterlinck, Emile Verhaeren, Octave Maus, Victor Horta, Henry Van de Velde, Maurice Kufferath, Guillaume Lekeu and others). Art Nouveau architecture is evoked by means of a 3D reconstruction of six buildings Art nouveau.

In 2007, the hotels, the Gresham (with its listed entrance) and the Argenteau, were fully renovated and incorporated in the original constructions, which together form the RMFAB. The inner courtyard was transformed, to create a covered patio, and the majestic royal staircase was restored to its former glory. The RMFAB now has a "Museum Shop" and "Museum Café".

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