Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp
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Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp
art museum in Antwerp
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Bad news, guys. This museum is closed for renovation until 2017. Luckily you can check out nearby venues in Antwerp to which the collection is lent out and exhibited on a regular basis.

Thanks to the Royal Museum for not hoarding that massive collection of 7,600 artworks! The crazy vast collection’s got giants like Peter Paul Rubens, Jean Fouquet, Anthony van Dyck, Rogier van der Weyden and Auguste Rodin. Even though it’s shut down for maintenance, you might want to breeze past the building anyway to appreciate the epic neoclassical columned exterior, topped off with impressive looking sculptures.

Also, for those of you who worry about the conditions in which your most beloved artworks dwell, you ought to know that this museum is big on conservation. Not only conservation, but restoration too, for which they have quite a few major projects underway. Good lookin’ out, Antwerp!

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The Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (Dutch: Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen) is a museum in Antwerp, Belgium, founded in 1810, houses a collection of paintings, sculptures and drawings from the fourteenth to the twentieth centuries. This collection is representative of the artistic production and the taste of art enthusiasts in Antwerp, Belgium and the Northern and Southern Netherlands since the 15th century. The museum is closed for renovation until 2020.

The neoclassical building housing the collection is one of the primary landmarks of the Zuid district of Antwerp. The majestic building was designed by Jacob Winders (1849–1936) and Frans van Dijk (1853-1939), built beginning in 1884, opened in 1890, and completed in 1894. Sculpture on the building includes two bronze figures of Fame with horse-drawn chariots by sculptor Thomas Vincotte, and seven rondel medallions of artists that include Boetius à Bolswert, Frans Floris, Jan van Eyck, Peter Paul Rubens, Quentin Matsys, Erasmus Quellinus II, and Appelmans, separated by four monumental sculptures representing Architecture, Painting, Sculpture, and Graphics.

The building stands in gardens bounded by the Leopold de Waalplaats, the Schildersstraat, the Plaatsnijdersstraat, and the Beeldhouwersstraat.

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