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Bert Watteeuw announced as new director of the Rubens House

The Rubens House announced  that Bert Watteeuw has been appointed the museum’s new director. Watteeuw is known in international museum circles for his innovative research into Flemish art of the 16th and 17th centuries. With the new-build project, the redesign of the museum garden, several interventions in the artist’s residence and the connection of the Rubens House and the Rubenianum, Bert Watteeuw and the Rubens House team, have their work cut out for them.

Rubenshuis and Rubenianum mourn the death of Prof. Arnout Balis

(29 July 1952–6 September 2021)

Arnout Balis was not a Rubens guru, but rather an infectiously energetic, warm-hearted and brilliant mentor, who generously shared his expertise. His death leaves a huge void in the lives of his countless friends and colleagues in Belgium and abroad.

A closer look at the restoration

Unravelling the gallery

After a lengthy and complex restoration, that took two years, the Gallery of Cornelis van der Geest is back on display at the Rubens House. The (inter)national masterpiece from the museum’s own collection was subjected to a comprehensive conservation and restoration at the Royal Institute for Art Heritage (KIK-IRPA). Thanks to a thorough restoration of the panel, the addition of a pioneering support, and tailor-made protection, this masterpiece can be durably preserved for future generations.

How should we read this painting?

Unravelling the gallery

The walls of Cornelis van der Geest’s gallery are hung with 43 (!) paintings, 24 of which are still known to us today. Art lovers, artists and other distinguished guests meet and converse in this imaginary world. They are surrounded by fabulous collections of paintings, sculptures, prints, antique coins, globes, porcelain and so much more. There is a lot to see in this work and a lot to say about it too. Here we present some highlights.

Unravelling the gallery of Cornelis van der Geest

A tribute to Antwerp painters

The early seventeenth century saw the emergence of an exclusive genre in Antwerp painting, namely ‘Constkamers’ or painted art galleries. The Rubens House owns a unique work from 1628: The art gallery of Cornelis van der Geest. Painter Willem van Haecht captures the collection of the proud art collector in a gallery picture so that the latter can show it off. The painting is on the Flemish masterpieces list and was recently subjected to a thorough restoration.

Peter Paul Rubens

Portrait of a lady holding a necklace

Lucas Faydherbe

Bacchante en Dronken Silenus

Cornelis Schut

Cimon and Iphigenia

Arnout Vinckenborch

The Raising of Lazarus

Anthony van Dyck

Christ and Six Apostles, (Fragment of The Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes)