Something for everyone

Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s paintings Dulle Griet and Twelve Proverbs on Plates are on permanent display at the Mayer van den Bergh Museum. Prints after Bruegel acquired by Fritz Mayer van den Bergh and others from the collection of the Plantin-Moretus Museum will be displayed during four exclusive viewings in that museum’s reading room.  A Bruegel Walk has also been traced out across the city to follow in the artist’s footsteps.

Foto: Ans Brys
Permanent program
Dulle Griet (‘Mad Meg’) is one of Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s most enigmatic works. For 125 years now, the painting has been the star attraction in the collection of Fritz Mayer van den Bergh, who rediscovered it.
Exclusive viewings of the Bruegel prints
Saturday 12 October 2019 from 10:00 to 17:00
Individual visitors
There will be just four opportunities to view Bruegel’s prints from very close quarters, with an expert in attendance.
Friday 06 December 2019 - 20:00
Individual visitors
A kaleidoscopic portrait of Pieter Bruegel the Elder and the era in which he lived. The figure of Dulle Griet or ‘Mad Meg’ takes the audience on a journey through time.
City walk
For groups, from 5 October 2019
The Bruegel Walk in Antwerp dips back into the sixteenth century in search of traces of this world-famous artist.
Lectures and research

Bruegel experts will assess the artist’s genius and impact at lectures to be held at the Rubenianum and at an international summer course. 

Sunday 22 September 2019 from 11:00 to 12:00
Individual visitors
Bruegel experts Manfred Sellink, Tine Meganck and Daan Van Heesch explore Bruegel’s work and influence.
Three exhibitions from 5 October onwards

The visionary collectors Fritz Mayer van den Bergh and Florent van Ertborn are the centre of attention at the Mayer van den Bergh Museum, with several brilliant finds from their respective collections, including Bruegel’s Dulle Griet. Specially for this exhibition - The Madonna meets Mad Meg– the Royal Museum of Fine Arts (KMSKA), which is currently closed for renovation, will show Fouquet’s enigmatic Madonna in Antwerp for the first time in some years.

The Snyders&Rockox House, meanwhile, will mark the occasion by presenting a unique selection of the best drawings by Jan ‘Velvet’ Brueghel, Pieter the Elder’s son, to highlight his outstanding skills as a draughtsman.

The alternative art space LLS Paleis, lastly, will show how relevant Bruegel remains today with a series of individual interpretations of Dulle Griet by contemporary artists from several different countries.

Saturday 05 October 2019 - Thursday 31 December 2020 from 10:00 to 17:00
Individual visitors
It goes without saying that Bruegel and Fouquet are the real masters behind ‘Dulle Griet’ and The Madonna. Yet it is thanks to master collectors that we are able to enjoy these outstanding works today. Step into the world of connoisseurs Fritz and Florent and discover their relentless nose for beauty.
Saturday 05 October 2019 - Sunday 26 January 2020 from 10:00 to 17:00
Individual visitors
No previous exhibition has been dedicated solely to the drawn oeuvre of Jan Brueghel I. The Snyders&Rockox House is focusing on Pieter’s son Jan as a draughtsman for the first time.
Saturday 05 October 2019 - Sunday 08 December 2019 from 14:00 to 18:00
Individual visitors
The painting Dulle Griet (‘Mad Meg’) continues to spark all sorts of questions. The artists Kasper De Vos, Kati Heck, Laure Prouvost, Tracey Rose, Pipilotti Rist, Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven and Erik Van Lieshout get to grips with this terrifying scene and its mysterious central figure.