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The Baroque soul of Antwerp on stage today, from Rubens to Tuymans

Among the masterpieces of the past and contemporary creativity, the versatile Antwerp celebrates its Baroque soul: at the start today, June 1, Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires, the programme of exhibitions, theatrical and musical performances and temporary events that the city of Flanders dedicates to its most illustrious citizen Pieter Paul Rubens, creating an evocative dialogue between his work and that of the great names of the past and present.

From today and throughout 2018 Rubens, the Baroque and its contemporary influences will be at the centre of the scene, transforming Antwerp into an open-air museum, revealing the Baroque traces that the city preserves, inaugurating new and important exhibitions and enhancing the already rich permanent cultural offer of museums, houses and churches linked to the seventeenth-century movement of which Rubens is the spokesman.

Below is an overview of the main events of the rich programme Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires:

  • RUBENS’ RETURN – Rubenshuis, Rubens House (1 June – 2 September 2018)
    Baroque’s Leading Lady- MAS, Museum aan de Stroom (1 June – 2 September 2018)
  • SANGUINE | BLOEDROOD LUC TUYMANS ON BAROQUE – Museum of Contemporary Art M HKA (1 June – 16 September 2018)
  • EXPERIENCE TRAPS – Middelheim Museum (June 1 – September 30, 2018)
  • BAROQUE BUREZ- MAS Museum (June 1, 2018 – April 21, 2019)
  • MONUMENTAL CHURCH – In the footsteps of Rubens – Church of St. Andrew, Cathedral of Our Lady, Church of St. Charles Borromeo, Church of St. Paul and Church of St. James (June 2 – October 27, 2018)
  • PAUL KOOIKER. UNTITLED (NUDE) – FOMU | Photo Museum Antwerp (29 June – 7 October 2018)
  • JAN FABRE – Church of St. Augustine/AMUZ (3 July – 10 December 2018)
    BAROQUE BOOK DESIGN. A Tale of Friendship and Collaboration – Plantin-Moretus Museum (September 28, 2018 – January 6, 2019)
    COKERYEN | PHOTO, FILM, FOOD – Snijders&Rockox House (28 September 2018 – 13 January 2019)

All events of the Antwerp Baroque 2018 program. Rubens inspires are included in the Baroque Festival Card.


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