Belgian art, Ancient art, posters, 19th and 20th century art, contemporary art and the Belle Epoque. Discover the masterpieces of Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Rysselberghe, Lemmen, Claus, Wauters, Boch, Khnopff, Delvaux and Magritte.
CHANGES IN THE PERMANENT COLLECTIONS
The retrospective of Jules Chéret, the first poster designer, could not be conceived without redeveloping the permanent collections. Due to this, the central aisle of the collection now opens with a selection of posters by Toulouse-Lautrec who was a direct successor of Chéret's. Here we encounter well-known works such as Aristide Bruant or the famous La Goulue, key works of one the most iconic and enriching collections within the Museum, which possesses the entire production of lithographic works by Toulouse-Lautrec. Directlyopposite, expect to be surprised by a new selection of Belgian and European poster artists ranging from Privat Livemont to Gisbert Combaz or Alfons Mucha, praising amongst others, Delacre biscuits and Beer of the Meuse.
The rooms adjacent to the main aisle have also been rearranged. On the one side, you encounter the luminosity of Impressionist and Belgian Neo-impressionist works of art (Theo Van Rysselberghe, George Lemmen, Emile Claus, Anna Boch), on the other side, the Symbolists and the Fauvists. In the dim light, Chimère (Chimera) Fernand Khnopff plunges you in an atmosphere of mystery. The Fauvists then form a new ensemble: the bright watercolors of Ferdinand Schirren Nel and Rik Wouters are omnipresent.
Back in the main aisle, following the Belle Époque posters, you will find an Expressionist room enriched amongst others, with three works by the Nervia group, including the particularly beautiful Maternité (Maternity) by Anto Carte. These appear alongside works by Gustave De Smet and Constant Permeke of the 1920's and 30's. A new movement means a new room for Surrealism, containing stunning works by both Delvaux and Magritte.
The tour continues on the same level with a look at abstraction and its evolution in Belgium - from the pure plastic artworks of the 20's to the CoBrA movement of the post-war period, without forgetting the adventure of the young Belgian painters collective represented by the likes of Louis Van Lint or Anne Bonnet.
On the sidelines of this beautiful course through the history of Belgian art during both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, lies an enclave exclusively dedicated to ancient art.
New informational materials for all these sections provide the new arrangement with a sense of coherence whilst also allowing visitors to easily navigate their way through each pictorial movement.
THE COLLECTIONS OF THE MUSEUM OF IXELLES
16th - 18th centuries
The collection of ancient art consists mainly of works by artists from Northern Europe and Italian masters. Landscapes, still life and portraits are the main themes. The sumptuous portraits offer an insight into the life of their subjects. Tables laden with food and hunting trophies evoke memories of yesteryear. From Dürer’s La Cigogne (The Stork) to la Vue du Meir (View of the Meir) by Erasmus de Bie, the rich history of our region suddenly appears.
This is one of the most iconic collections of the Museum and includes the entire production of lithographic works by Toulouse-Lautrec. Some 700 posters by Belgian and European artists, from the Belle Époque to the 1950s, show advertising in its early form touting travel and Parisian cabarets. This is no less an art in itself. With their bright colours, original compositions and Art Nouveau women, these posters have revolutionized graphic art.
Nineteenth century Belgian art occupies a prominent place in the collections of the Museum of Ixelles. From Realism to Symbolism, through Impressionism, Neo-Impressionism and Orientalism, the collection reveals the riches of this century’s appreciation for both modernism and creative freedom. During your visit you will be captivated by floods of colour, dazzled by bursts of light, astonished by the play on daring imagery, challenged by social questions and bewitched by the enigmatic atmospheres of the opulent Symbolists.
The 20th century is characterized as the century of artistic revolutions and denotes the rise of modernity. The collections of the Museum of Ixelles reveal the turmoil of this very special century in both aesthetic and conceptual studies. Be it investigations or abstract explorations of multiple possibilities, all trends intermingle on the walls of the Museum of Ixelles: Fauvism, Futurism, Constructivism, Expressionism, Surrealism, Pop Art to CoBrA and beyond.
Since its inception, the Museum of Ixelles has been dedicated to contemporary creation. Alongside the exhibitions regularly devoted to this subject, many acquisitions representative of developments in contemporary art complement the permanent collection. A committee of experts selects current artwork destined to be tomorrow’s valued innovations. A core belief of the Museum of Ixelles is to play an active role in supporting artists and guide visitors through the complex and thriving world of contemporary art.
The Museum of Ixelles reserves the right to regularly change works from the permanent collections. If you wish to find a specific work or a particular piece during your visit, it is best to consult with museum staff before planning your visit.
Since 1892, the Commune of Ixelles has been proud to present an important collection of art to the public. Consisting mainly of paintings, sculptures, drawings and also posters and photographs, the collection includes masterpieces that are a testimony to its international reputation. Indeed, many loans are made for exhibitions worldwide and artwork is reproduced in a multitude of publications.
THE MUSEUM OF IXELLE'S COLLECTION contains a fine set of Belgian Art from the 19th and 20th century as well as some pieces of Ancient Art. With more than 10 000 works, an exhibition area of 2000 m2, a library, storage and a high-performance security system, the Museum of Ixelles is the envy of many national museums.
THE MUSEUM OF IXELLES
has been a communal museum since it was first founded and it has remained so while developing professionally. The Museum of Ixelles’ intimate space and the unique character of the galleries make it appealing to the public. The great strength of the communal authorities is that they never wanted to turn it into a local museum, and dedicated it only to artists from the Commune.
thus remain plentiful. The galleries are now brightly redecorated and a new visual identity has been established. The Museum has recently purchased a building next to the galleries. After renovation, it will host large educational spaces, a museum shop and a larger cafeteria.
THE ACQUISITIONS COMMITTEE
Instigated by the curator, an acquisitions committee consisting of art experts (university professors, curators, art critics) was established in order to promote promising young artists and to fill any gaps in the collection of early nineteenth century (neoclassicism and historicism) and sculpture.
The Museum of Ixelles, with the continual support of the Commune, approach the third millennium with enthusiasm and conviction with the desire to preserve and enhance its collections, present to a wider audience and host innovative exhibitions.
MUSEUM OF IXELLES. THE COLLECTIONS
Museum of Ixelles. The Collections
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