Thanks for joining us for this discussion about all things art in Brussels. Galleries, museums, supplies, schools, shows, events and more will all be covered thoroughly right here.
We will begin by diving into the best Brussels Art Galleries and Museums where you can see some of the finest exhibitions and collections the city and all of Belgium has to offer. Up next we will let you know where you can find all of the supplies you need at some of the best art stores near you.
Shows and events that are held annually or more frequently will be the topic of our next section. Art walking tours can be a great way to see a variety of creative styles in a short amount of time, plus we will fill you in on where to see some of the coolest sculptures and statues in the city.
Brussels art classes and lessons will need to get its own section and there are plenty of classes for both kids and adults that are available. Some of our more experienced readers may not need any lessons so we will mention where to find art studios for rent in your area as well.
And our final section will list the best shops for framing around town. You can read more of our European art near you posts at that link.
Best Art Galleries & Museums In Brussels
If you want to visit the best art galleries and museums in Brussels you can go to:
- Royal Museums of Fine Arts at Rue de la Régence 3
- Musée Meunier at Rue De l’Abbaye 59
- Musée Magritte at Place Royale 1
- Musée Wiertz at Rue Vautier 62
- Almine Rech at Rue De l’Abbaye 20
- Galerie Greta Meert at Rue Du Canal 13
- Xavier Hufkens at Rue Van Eyck 44
- Vanhaerents Art Collection at Rue Anneessens 29
- La Loge at Rue De l’Ermitage 86
- Rodolphe Janssen at Rue Livourne 35
Anyone that is interested in seeing over 20,000 works spanning from the 15th to the 21st Centuries should visit the Royal Museums of Fine Arts. Some of the pieces in their collection were created by Constantin Meunier, Pieter Bruegel, James Ensor, Peter Paul Rubens, and Jacques Jordaens among many others.
You can get in for free if you visit on the 1st Wednesday of the month after 1pm, plus they are always hosting various workshops, lectures, and presentations. There are over 200 unique works created by Belgian Surrealist artist René Magritte on display at Musée Magritte.
They also allow free entry after 1pm on the 1st Wednesday of the month. Musée Meunier is always free to enter and houses over 700 works by Constantin Meunier.
The unique works of famous painter and sculptor Antoine Wiertz are the focus of the collection at Musée Wiertz. The most famous painting in the collection is ‘Two Girls’ and you probably would also really like ‘Premature Burial’ too.
Some of the artists on display at Galerie Greta Meert include Ken Lum, Ian Wallace, and Jeff Wall. There are three locations of Xavier Hufkens near you and they display pieces created by the likes of Paul McCarthy, Danh Vō, Cathy Wilkes, Nicolas Party, and Zhang Enli.
The Vanhaerents Art Collection is only open for group visits 10 weeks out of the year and individual visitors can only come in on 4 Saturdays of each year. Entry into La Loge is always free and they host all kinds of fun events like poem readings and musical performances in addition to their monthly exhibitions.
Materials & Supplies Near You
There are plenty of stores in this city to buy art supplies and materials like:
- Crea Corner at Tomberg 52
- Le Lion Droguerie at Rue De Laeken 55
- Montana Shop Brussels at Rue De La Madeleine 19
- Maison Lefebvre at Rue Du Midi 25
- Schleiper at Chaussée De Charleroi 149
- Bureau Vallée at Ave Louise 406
- Ava at Koolmijnenkaai 80-82
Not only can you buy all the art supplies and materials you need at the four Crea Corner locations near you but they also put on some quality art and craft workshops. Le Lion Droguerie is a local store that opened up all the way back in 1875 and today they sell an assortment of over 4,500 items.
Any graffiti or street artists out there should check out Montana Shop. Schleiper is known to provide quality custom framing and restoration services plus they sell a lot of supplies.
Ava is a big chain store that has thousands of items to choose from.
Shows & Events
These great art shows and events in your area are a can’t miss:
- Brafa Art Fair in January
- Museum Night Fever in March
- Art Brussels in April
- Brussels I love You (BILY) in May
- Kunstenfestivaldesarts in May
- Brussels Gallery Weekend in September
- Art on Paper in September
Over 125 international galleries gather for the Brafa Art Fair at the Tour & Taxis building ever January. Expect to find more than 10,000 unique creations and antiques on display.
Museum Night Fever is a one night event that generally takes place in March. Dozens of local museums open up from 7pm to 2am for a fun and festive night of music, dance, fashion, workshops, and of course lots of great exhibitions.
Earlier we mentioned the Tour & Taxis building, well it also hosts the Art Brussels Event in April when over 150 contemporary galleries get together to show off their latest creations. This event generally brings in around 25,000 visitors.
Brussels I Love You is kind of like an 8 day long contemporary art walk through areas like Ixelles and Saint-Gilles each May. Kunstenfestivaldesarts is another event that goes down each May in multiple areas around the city.
This international festival is all about contemporary creation and it generally last three weeks at various public spaces, art centers, and theatres in your area. Brussels Gallery Weekend takes places every September when some contemporary art galleries around town re-open their doors.
Also in September you may want to visit the Palais des Beaux-Arts for Art on Paper which is an international fair that focuses on contemporary drawings.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
If you want to add a new piece to your collection or find the true value of an item go to art dealers and appraisers near you like:
- Sterenn Denys at Rue des Minimes 59
- Don Verboven at Rue des Minimes 25
- Marie-Christine Gennart Contemporary Art at Rue Jean-Baptiste Colyns 95
If you need help with acquiring, renting, or selling art works you can contact Sterenn Denys who understands how to maneuver the global market in a discreet and confidential manner. Marie-Christine Gennart Contemporary Art is a good consultant in your area and can also help with acquisitions.
If you are reading this on a sunny day why not go on an art walking tour at:
The Comic Strip Walk will show you some great unique works featuring characters and authors of Franco-Belgian comics on the walls around the city center and Laeken. The Arkadia tours start off at the Stock Exchange and will help you discover art nouveau in the center of town.
Don’t forget about the Brussels I love You 8 day art walk that goes down each May in Ixelles and Saint-Gilles either. It will take you to numerous galleries, institutions, exhibition spaces, auction houses, and workshops.
Sculptures & Statues
You can also find some really cool sculptures and statues around town like:
- Whirling Ear at Rue du Musée 8
- Monument Madame Chapeau at Rue des Moineaux 8
- Bela Bartok Statue at Rue du Marché Aux Herbes 104
- Rock Growth 808 Atomium at Sq de l’Atomium 1
- Stepping Forward at Rue de la Loi 145
Alexander Calder created the Whirling Ear all the way back in the late 1950’s and you can find it along rue Montagne de la Cour near Musée Magritte. The beautiful Monument Madame Chapeau was created by Tom Frantzen.
Imre Varga was the mastermind behind the Bela Bartok Statue which you can check out at Spain Square. Rock Growth 808 was put up in front of the Atomium building in 2014 after being created by Arik Levy.
The massive 20 foot bronze Stepping Forward statue was installed in 2007 in front of the Lex building in the European Quarter. Hanneke Beaumont was the mastermind of that one.
Brussels Art Classes
We are all at different levels and sometimes a lesson or two can give us the boost that we need. Some of the best Brussels art schools and classes can be found at:
- Luca School of Arts at Rue des Palais 70
- Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts at Rue du Midi 144
- Studio Kiwi Bruxelles at Rue du Vautour 41
- Artem studio at Ave de la Chasse 20
- Studio Art En Ciel Bruxelles at Blvd Saint-Michel 123
- Mestan Tekin at Rue de la Sablonnière 27
There are ten masters to choose from in various media like music, design, and photography at Luca School of Arts. People who aren’t students may be interested in their open campus day programs.
You can get full-service education at the top level at Académie royale des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles. They have various programs in visual and spatial arts, interior design, food design, and many other disciplines.
If you want to step up your pottery game try the group and private classes for kids or adults at Studio Kiwi. They have weekend classes, evening classes, and are a great place to host private parties and team building events.
The only requirement to take a class at Artem is that you are at least 3.5 years of age or older. We think most of you are probably in that group. You can take one of their trial classes before signing up for anything longer term, plus they have evening, weekend, and holiday classes to fit all schedules.
In addition to having classes for kids, teens, and adults Studio Art En Ciel also gives out private lessons and puts on popular art camps for kids. All the materials you need will be provided at Mestan Tekin who gives drawing and painting courses to beginners or advanced students.
Studios For Rent Near You
When the time comes to start your next project consider renting one of these local art studios:
- WorkspaceBrussels at Rue Notre-Dame-du-Sommeil 83
- 254Forest at Chaussée de Forest 254
- Palazzo – Creative Workspace at Rue Théodore Verhaegen 190
A frame can take a normal looking picture a long way, and some of the best places for art framing in Brussels are:
- Vernet Bruxelles at Rue Longue 26
- Cadr’art at Ave de la Chasse 68
- Cadre 2000 at Rue des Moissons 51
- L’Éclat de Verre Bruxelles at Blvd Géneral Jacques 203
- Van Thienen at Rue de L’enclume 28
Expect to find more than 1,000 frame designs at Vernet Bruxelles plus they sell paintings, watercolors, and engravings. You can buy stretchers and canvases at Cadr’art plus they have customized wood and metal frame profiles, papers, and can help with canvas mounting.
Cadre 2000 can do anything from cleaning paintings, restorations, and consultations. At L’Éclat de Verre Bruxelles they manufacture high quality mirrors and frames and are known to be great at restoring art work and frames.
There are over 700 exclusive models to choose from at Van Thienen who manufactures every frame they sell. Schleiper from the art supplies list also does framing.
We have also written local art guides for other nearby towns like:
Have Fun Enjoying The Brussels Art Scene
Well guys, we tried to cover the full art scene near you and around Belgium to the best of our abilities. We listed the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers in your area.
Those that are still reading this probably love art as much as we do. You can let us know about any of your own local tips and tricks in the comments at the end of the post, or please also let us know if we got anything wrong or if anything we posted has become dated.
Have fun going to the galleries, museums, buying supplies or doing anything that has to do with art in Brussels!