A series of exhibitions help you to better understand the Renaissance period in Brussels.

  • Project Ommegang

    The Project Ommegang exhibition invites visitors to immerse themselves in the history of an event that is one of Brussels’ oldest traditions: the Ommegang. There, they will discover a selection of art pieces, made up of almost 200 original drawings produced between 1928 and 1929 for the recreation of this historic procession on the occasion of the celebration of the centenary of Belgium’s independence. The scenography highlights the quality of the graphic work carried out in preparation of this wonderful project and consists of numerous original elements from 1930: banners, musical instruments, costumes, halberds, crossbows, posters, programmes, etc. Albert Marinus recreates the Ommegang in 1930. The Ommegang procession emerged in the middle of the 14th century to commemorate the arrival in Brussels of a statue of the Holy Virgin – also known as Notre-Dame à la branche – which was brought from Antwerp.After various evolutions, the procession eventually disappeared in 1785. While Belgium was preparing for the centenary of its independence in 1930, the Grand Serment Royal et de Saint-Georges des Arbalétriers and Abbot François Desmet, vicar of the Church of Our Lady of the Sablon, suggested in 1928 to recreate the Ommegang procession for this special occasion. The task was entrusted to a committee headed by Albert Marinus, a humanist and sociologist who had been working for a long time at international level for the recognition of folk traditions and folklore. Albert Marinus took inspiration from the Ommegang organised by the city in 1549 on the occasion of the visit of Charles V and his son Philip II, and adapted it to contemporary ideas. This was a daunting task. Through his friend Constant Montald who was head of the Academy of Fine Arts, Albert Marinus received support from about twenty Brussels artists, painters, sculptors, architects and decorators to draw up sketches for the event.

    Practical information:
    Dates: Wednesday to Sunday from 18/06 to 10/07
    Opening hours: 13:00 to 17:00
    Meeting point: Musée de Woluwé - 40 rue de la Charrette – 1200 Brussels
    Price: free entrance. Guided tour €5pp (max 15 people)

    Info & bookings: 02/762-62-11 - centremarinus@woluwe1200.be – www.albertmarinus.org

  • An exceptional monument: the Halle Gate

    The Halle Gate is a fairy-tale monument of more than 600 years old. It is the last vestige of the second stage of fortifications that used to surround Brussels. Once a gate, later remodelled to resemble a medieval castle, today a museum! Step inside and (re)discover a stunning collection of artworks that, together with the building itself, tells the story of Brussels - ancient city at the crossroads of Europe. At the top of the Gate, the walkway along the crenelated parapet offers a spectacular panorama of the city. Looking closely, you might just spot the traces of where the city merged and expanded into the surrounding countryside.

    Practical information:
    Dates: 10 June to 18 July
    Opening hours: Monday through Thursday from 9:30 to 17:00 and during the weekend from 10:00 to 17:00 (closed on Fridays)
    Price: €10 / 8 / 6 (audio guide included)

    Meeting point: Halle Gate – boulevard du Midi 150 – 1000 Brussels
    Info & bookings: https://www.hallegatemuseum.be

  • An inclusive look at the 16th century - Augmented reality at the Erasmus House

    The Erasmus House has created a new guide to explore the museum in an original way. This tour takes you off the classic route and sheds light on characters that have been somewhat forgotten by history.

    The Erasmus House takes us back to the 16th century through its paintings, sculptures, furniture and architecture. The stories give us an idea of what life was like at the time. With this guide you’ll see the museum's collections in a different light!

    Practical information:
    Dates: 18 June to 10 July
    Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 to 18:00
    Price: €1.25 for the visit, €2 for the booklet if you want to take it home.
    Meeting point: 31 rue du Formanoir - 1070 Anderlecht

    Reservation: info@erasmushouse.museum
    Info: www.erasmushouse.museum or +32 2 521 13 83

  • CURIOSA. Charles V, Dürer and the Aztec treasure

    When the painter Albrecht Dürer arrived in Brussels in 1520, he encountered a flourishing city. In his travel diary, he left an astonishing testimony: he had seen, in the Coudenberg Palace, a treasure from the 'New Land of Gold', sent from Mexico by Hernán Cortés. These precious and stunning objects impressed his contemporaries, stimulated the imagination and gave rise to legends. This multi-sensory exhibition retraces the discovery of these riches and their fate during the reign of Emperor Charles V. A themed immersion in the underground passages of place Royale, as part of the 500th anniversary of Dürer's journey to the Netherlands.

    An initiative of Urban in collaboration with the Royal Museums of Fine Arts and the Coudenberg Palace. Scientific curators: Véronique Bücken / Cecilia Paredes. Artistic contributions: Sabrina Montiel-Soto.

    Practical information:
    Dates: 6 - 10  July
    Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 to 18:00
    Price: regular ticket - €10. Groups of 15+ people and seniors (+65 years) - €8.
    Concessions (unemployed, disabled, young adults aged 18-25) - €5.

    Free admission for children up to 18 years old