Seven centuries of art: from Flemish Primitives to Expressionists. World-famous masters. The largest and most important collections of James Ensor and Rik Wouters. Yet the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp is much more than even this internationally renowned collection of art. The KMSKA is the only Flemish museum with high-level scientific status.
Not only are we responsible for conserving, managing and expanding our collection, we also carry out scholarly research into the works, the techniques used, colour, visual language and more besides. In doing so, we challenge received wisdom. We share our newly acquired interpretations with the public, enriching the knowledge of art lovers. The KMSKA operates according to the charter of ICOM, the International Council of Museums.
The Finest Museum: Ten Reasons Why
- The KMSKA is home to countless Flemish masters: many of the art works on show were ‘Made in Flanders’.
- No fewer than 111 works in the collection are on the Flemish Government’s official Masterpiece List.
- Top international names like Fouquet, Titian, Alechinsky, Modigliani, Rodin and Chagall, to name just a few, have a global appeal.
- The world’s largest collections of work by James Ensor and Rik Wouters put the KMSKA on the map as the home of modern art pioneers and of revolutionary art.
- With its thrilling symbiosis between the powerful new volume and the historic galleries, the new museum building is an architectural gem.
- The KMSKA is one of the few Flemish museums with a conservation studio of its own.
- The KMSKA is an internationally renowned research institution too.
- With our Artists in Residence programme and cross-overs with the wider cultural sector, the KMSKA has emerged as a breeding ground for outstanding new talent.
- The Museum Garden is a gallery in its own right: a green oasis, which brings local people together and offers a tranquil haven in this lively district.
- The Finest Feeling shines through in everything we organize, do and represent: a positive emotion that truly affects people.
The Finest Mission
The KMSKA manages an outstanding collection of visual art from the Southern Netherlands from the 14th to the 20th centuries, supplemented by international masterpieces. Within the grandeur of an inspiring historic building, we make this art tradition accessible to a wide audience. We share our knowledge on a human scale, through stories that amaze, enrich and connect.
The KMSKA connects
We’re a meeting place. We connect people across generations and cultures.
The KMSKA amazes
We seek innovation within traditions. That’s how we amaze our visitors. We challenge them to reflect. On themselves too. This will keep our heritage up to date and relevant.
The KMSKA enriches
We enrich our visitors through our inspiring approach. It is in dialogue with them that we will grow.
The Finest Vision
The KMSKA is a museum of European excellence:
We focus on providing a high-quality leisure experience. In doing so, we cherish traditions and respond to new trends. We add an extra dimension to the classic museum experience through exhibitions with a 'must-see' signature. To this end, we take a multidisciplinary approach to our collection. We are hospitable and create a warm environment that stirs up emotions.
We promote the KMSKA as the centre of expertise for James Ensor. We expand our leading position by further investing in research into materials, documentation and the sharing of knowledge. We play a pivotal role in the research on Rubens, in collaboration with Antwerp partners.
We form an enthusiastic and professional team, and convey this to our visitors, partners, authorities and other museums. We are willing to learn. We actively involve our audience in our operations.
The Finest Values
Just like the artists in our collection, we sometimes colour outside the lines!
We wish to know everything and share our knowledge with you.
We also like to listen to you.
We create a warm environment that stirs up emotions.
Everyone is welcome!
Gusto drives us, humour binds us.
We are open to other ideas and opinions.
Every conversation starts with respect.
Lange Kievitstraat 111-113 bus 100
2018 Antwerp, Belgium
T +32 (0) 3 224 73 00
The museum does not carry out valuations and does not issue certificates. If you have any questions about authenticity and value, please contact the art trade, experts or auction houses.
The museum is currently closed for renovations. The staff can be reached during office hours.