Thanks for checking out our post about art in Antwerp. Galleries, museums, supplies, schools, shows, events and more will all be discussed in detail right here.
We will try to get right to it because we know your time is valuable. The best Antwerp Art Galleries and Museums where you can see some of the most unique works in the land will get us going.
You may want to know about the best art stores in town where you can find all the supplies and materials you desire so they will be listed. We also don’t want to forget about the best shows and events this area has to offer.
If you get a sunny day enjoy it by going on an art walking tour or by seeing some of the most unique statues and sculptures near you. Taking group classes or private lessons at one of the nicer art schools in Antwerp can be a great way to improve your skills quickly.
Renting out an art studio near you when the time is right to get the ball rolling on your next project could improve your odds of success. Appraisers, dealers, and framing shops will also be covered.
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Best Art Galleries & Museums In Antwerp
If you want to check out the best art galleries and museums in Antwerp you can head to:
- Museum of Contemporary Art at Leuvenstraat 32
- Royal Museum of Fine Arts at Leopold de Waelplaats 2
- Stieglitz 19 at Klapdorp 2
- Tim Van Laere Gallery at Jos Smolderenstraat 50
- Annie Gentils Gallery at Peter Benoitstraat 40
- Galerie Jamar at Cockerillkaai 16
- Galerie Verbeeck Van Dyck at Verbindingsdok Westkaai 12
- Galerie Van Der Planken at Riemstraat 12
- Valerie Traan Gallery at Reyndersstraat 12
- Micheline Szwajcer at Verlatstraat 14
- Museum Mayer van den Bergh at Lange Gasthuisstraat 19
There are nearly 5,000 works created by nearly 700 artists in the collection at Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp. Many of these pieces are available for rent. The only Flemish Museum with high-level scientific status is the Royal Museum of Fine Arts.
James Ensor and Rik Wouters are two of the premiere artists in their collection. You can find a great collection of Belgian modern and contemporary art at the Galerie Jamar from artists like James Ensor, Pierre Alechinsky, Jef Geys, Léon Spilliaert, Marcel Broodthaers, Jan Fabre and Panamarenko.
At Galerie Verbeeck Van Dyck they have a variety of major exhibits throughout the year including a recent one by Roberto Salas. At Galerie Van Der Planken you can check out the works or use some of their services like consultation for private acquisition, certified appraisals, framing and professional restoration.
Head to Museum Mayer van den Bergh on the last Wednesday of each month when entry is free of charge and check out their more than 3,000 items on display. One of their prime exhibitions is the world-famous painting Mad Meg by Pieter Bruegel and The Madonna by Jean Fouquet.
Materials & Supplies Near You
The best stores to buy art supplies and materials near you are:
- Obeeliks at Tolstraat 73
- De Wieuw at Scheldestraat 59
- Schleiper at Belgiëlei 76
- Academia at Mutsaardstraat 38
- Ava at Brederodestraat 9-15
- Action in Stadsfeestzaal
- De Banier Creative at Kipdorp 30
- Lucas Creativ Merksem at Bredabaan 829A
Obeeliks sells more than 1,500 art and hobby items in a variety of categories. That sounds like a lot, but at De Wieuw they have more than 100,000 materials and supplies to choose from, plus they can help with framing.
Academia specializes in airbrush materials and in having a wide selection of canvases available. Lucas Creativ Merksem is the largest arts, crafts, and hobby supply chain store in The Flemish Region of Belgium.
They provide framing services, give workshops, and have art courses available in their 14 stores.
Shows & Events
Some of the top art shows and events held in your area are:
- Slow Art Day in April
- Antwerp Art Weekend in May
- Queer Arts Festival in August
- Antwerp Art Fair in October
Every April you can enjoy the Slow Art Day Event which takes place in a few museums and galleries around the city. Antwerp Art Weekend is a four day artwalk to celebrate the contemporary art in the city.
Along the walk there are more than 70 indoor and outdoor locations to check out every May. Then in August you have the Queer Arts Festival where local and international artists and performers show off their latest works plus there will be music, dance, film, literature readings, theatre and other performances.
Antwerp Expo is where to go for the Art Fair that takes place every October. Expect to find more than 80 international galleries showing off their collections, plus there will be lots of affordable or more prestigious artworks available to buy.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
When you are trying to find a new piece for your collection or to figure out the true value of something visit one of these art dealers and appraisers in the area:
- Philippe Group at Korte Riddersstraat 25
- Pljoesjkin at Boomgaardstraat 260
- Galerie Lowet de Wotrenge at Vleminckveld 74
- Arends & Tammes Fine Arts at Mechelsesteenweg 214
- Tapestry Art at Diksmuidelaan 95
The Philippe Group has been in the fine arts business since the early 1700’s! In addition to buying and selling art themselves they also can provide free appraisals.
If you want help with buying a new piece for your collection or selling an old one Galerie Lowet is a good contact to have. They can do appraisals and are happy to work as agents for private sellers and institutional clients.
That means they will go to the auctions or art fairs, check out the pieces, and will even do the bidding on your behalf. In addition to providing valuations, advice, and restoration services Arends & Tammes Fine Arts can also help offer their expertise for those who want to buy or sell collections in auction houses or anywhere.
Art walking tours can be a lot of fun when the weather is nice:
Street Art Antwerp works to promote street art as a contemporary art form by organizing street art tours that will take you past the coolest graffiti and street art hotspots near you.
Antwerp Art is the organizer of the Art Weekend we mentioned in the events section that takes place every May. Any time one of those events is going down would be a good time to try and find your own unique artwalk.
Sculptures & Statues
You may also want to take some photos of these statues and sculptures:
- Nello & Patrache Statue at Handschoenmarkt 3/21
- Vissende Arend at Wapper
- The Whisperer at Godefriduskaai 12
- Brabo’s Monument at Grote Markt
- Arbeid Vrijheid at Gildekamersstraat 3
Yvonne Bastiaans was the creator of the Nello & Patrache Statue which you can find near Brabo’s Monument around the Grote Markt. The bronze sculpture of an eagle who is fishing called Vissende Arend was sculpted by Danish artist Hugo Lisberg.
The Whisperer was put up on the roof of a warehouse next to the MAS. Belgian Campine artist Daisy Boman was the brainchild behind them.
Belgian sculptor Jef Lambeaux created Brabo’s Monument to commemorate legendary hero Salvius Braboin the late 1890’s which you can find at the Grand Palace today. Constantin Émile Meunier unveiled his Arbeid Vrijheid statue in 1950 near city hall.
Antwerp Art Classes
Whether you are trying to find private lessons or group classes for kids, teens, or adults the best art schools in Antwerp would be:
- Royal Academy of Fine Arts at Mutsaardstraat 31
- Academie Antwerpen Dko at Blindestraat 35
- Hoboken Academy of Fine Arts at Oudestraat 41
- St Lucas Kunstsecundair Antwerpen at Sint-Jozefstraat 35
The Royal Academy of Fine Arts is the only international art school in Antwerp. It was founded in 1663 making it the fourth oldest art academy on the planet. They have exchange programs or bachelor and master programs in visual arts for full-time degree students.
They even have an educational master in visual arts programs for those who want to be a teacher themselves one day. There are art classes for kids 6 years and older or adults at Academie Antwerpen Dko offers.
They provide weekend and evening classes plus their instructors give experimental free drawing lessons. There are 11 locations of Hoboken Academy of Fine Arts. Their classes start with kids ages 6 and up plus they are happy to teach art, dance, music, drama, and other media to adults.
There are 9 different departments available at St Lucas Kunstsecundair ranging from drama to music to dance to word art to visual arts. Lucas Creativ Merksem from the supplies list also offers art lessons.
Studios For Rent Near You
You can try to rent art studio space at:
For art framing services in Antwerp try out:
They also sell painting hanging systems and can provide services like frame rentals and art restorations. Galerie Van Der Planken from the best museums near you list and most of the stores from the supplies list also do framing.
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Have Fun Enjoying The Antwerp Art Scene
The full art scene near you was just broken down as well as we could. You hopefully learned a little something about the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers that you may want to check out.
If you made it this far you might just know quite a bit about the local art scene yourself. Feel free to share your own tips, or to let us know if we may have gotten anything wrong in the comments.
We hope you enjoy your time at the best Antwerp Art Galleries, Museums, Supply Stores or doing whatever it else you plan to do with the info.