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Until Sun 21 February

Be Modern

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
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Be Modern Paul Klee, "Mit dem Kometen" (1917) | © RMFAB, Brussels


The exhibition BE MODERN focuses on the RMFAB's collection of modern and contemporary art, gathering renowned Belgian and international artists. A selection of 150 paintings, sculptures, works on paper, installations and moving images depicts the modern history of visual arts.

The choice is as varied and rich as the collection itself and offers a chronological overview. Freedom and experimentation are the common thread running through the exhibition presenting three main themes. The first one is the emancipation of line and colour and the evolution towards a radically abstract visual language. The second theme concerns the use of materials, the change in the relationship to the object and the perspective of conceptual art. And the last one deals with the changing relationship between man and the world in the twentieth century and its existential questions. This exhibition is visually dynamic. It sheds new light on the museum collections and invites visitors to rediscover the great names of international modernism and its Belgian representatives.

In Patio +2, a complementary section evokes the aesthetic upheaval caused by the American minimalist movement. This part of the exhibition benefits from the loan of three exceptional works by the artist Frank Stella (born in 1936) from a private collection. Also on show (in the Bernheim Room): Bill Viola's "Purification", an impressive video installation conceived as a diptych. [with the support of blackflag]

On level -3, the museum's recent contemporary art acquisitions are displayed, some of them for the very first time: Georges Meurant, Chéri Samba, Agnès Guillaume, Rinus van de Velde, Emmanuel Van der Auwera,...

from Klee to Tuymans

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Friday, October 2, 2020 — Sunday, February 21, 2021


Monday Closed
Tuesday from 10:00 to 17:00
Wednesday from 10:00 to 17:00
Thursday from 10:00 to 17:00
Friday from 10:00 to 17:00
Saturday from 11:00 to 18:00
Sunday from 11:00 to 18:00

Exceptional closure

Sunday, November 1, 2020
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Friday, December 25, 2020
Friday, January 1, 2021
Thursday, January 14, 2021

Exceptional opening

Thursday, December 24, 2020 from 10:00 to 14:00
Thursday, December 31, 2020 from 10:00 to 14:00


Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

rue de la Régence, 3
1000 Brussels

T. +32 2 508 32 11 (Information)
T. +32 2 508 33 33 (Booking)

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Normal: €10.00
Senior: €8.00
Children: €0.00
Young: €0.00

Target audience

Deaf/hard of hearing
Blind/visually impaired
Youth 12-15 yr.
Youth 15-18 yr.
Children 9-12 yr.
Children 6-9 yr.




Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium