Exhibition: "Europalia Trains & Tracks: Raffaëlla Crispino", from 29 January to 18 September 2022.
The only museum designed by the great architect Victor Horta, the Museum of Fine Arts in Tournai will soon enter a major renovation and extension phase.
The building is an interesting example of the transition between Art Nouveau and Art Deco inspired modernism, and is undoubtedly one of the very first prototypes of a modern museum on an international scale.
With works by renowned artists such as Ensor, Fantin-Latour, Manet, Monet, Seurat, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec and Van der Weyden, its collection is recognised as one of the most important in Belgium.
Pending the start of construction in 2024, and based on the rediscovery of artists, masterpieces or broader themes, the curators have initiated a cycle of exhibitions since 2020 aimed at offering rotating displays and new views on this important heritage.
Major works in the museum’s collections
The Museum of Fine Arts has a collection of modern artworks donated to it by the Brussels patron Henri Van Cutsem and the only two works by Manet exhibited in Belgium.
The paintings and sculptures on show there range from the Flemish Primitives to (Campin, de la Pasture, Bruegel, etc.) to contemporary artists. The 17th and 18th Centuries are represented by Rubens, Jordaens, Snyders, Watteau, etc.
As regards impressionists, admire the works of Manet, Monet, Seurat and Van Gogh. A large space is set aside for Belgian artists (Ensor, Claus, de Braekeleer, etc.) and for Tournaisian artists (Rogier de la Pasture, Gallait, Pion, Dumoulin, etc.).
From 1st April till 31st October (summer time)
Open daily from 9.30 to 12.30 am & from 1.30 to 5.30 pm.
From 1st November till 31st March (winter time)
Open daily from 9.30 to 12.00 am & from 2.00 à 5.00 pm.
Tuesday : closed.
Sunday morning (winter time) : closed.
All museums are free on the first Sunday of the month !