On 24 September 2022, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA) will once again be opening its doors to the public. For the past 10 years, the biggest museum in Flanders has been undergoing a radical rebuilding and expansion. The exceptional art collection has also been given a complete facelift. Within a few months, the masterpieces will once again resume their place in the museum rooms. And in exactly one year, the public will be able to admire seven centuries of outstanding art in a completely new scenography.
In 2004, KAAN Architects in Rotterdam were appointed to develop a master plan for the KMSKA. The museum doors were closed to the public in 2011. The ambitious master plan would take place in several stages, spread out over time. The plan was initially to reopen the museum section before completion of the remaining elements of the master plan. The complexity and the interlacing of the works proved too great.
The final touches
The last sub-projects of the master plan have now all been started or are nearing completion:
- The new garden (designer: Team Van Meer!) reveals itself as the first museum room. Carefully selected sculptures invite visitors to make their first acquaintance with the rich collection of the KMSKA. The garden will become a fine, artistic retreat for neighbours and visitors. An oasis of calm in the middle of bustling Zuid.
- The office wing at the rear of the building is being renovated by chief contractor Artes Roegiers and adapted to the very latest needs of an office.
- In the Rubens and Van Dyck room, gilt decoration is being applied to the cornices. These rooms will regain their former charm.
- Soon, a start will also be made on the roofing of the De Keyser hall.
- A new loading platform will be implemented, allowing art to be moved by professional means.
- The final item in this project is the installation of the museum scenography (designer: RDAC, Robbrecht and Daem architects & Asli Ciçek) and of course the relocation of the collection.
The Finest Feeling
The KMSKA wants to be a warm place for every visitor. The museum wants to move everyone, whether they are knowledgeable or not. And that is why the focus is explicitly on experience, hospitality and creativity.
Countdown to 24 September 2022
The countdown begins today. Together with the launch of the completely renewed website. The most important milestones on the path to the reopening can be tracked on the website and in social media.
Ticket sales will commence a couple of months prior to the opening. From then, reservations for groups will be possible and individual tickets will also be on offer.
The reopening of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA) is considered one of the cultural highlights of this parliament and is supported by the city of Antwerp and EventFlanders: a partnership of Visit Flanders, the Flanders Department of Culture, Youth and Media, the Sports Flanders Agency and the Flanders Department of Chancellery and Foreign Affairs.
The Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA) is the biggest art museum in Flanders. With masterpieces from the Flemish primitives and Antwerp Baroque to the extensive collection of modern art by, for example, Rik Wouters, Henri De Braekeleer and René Magritte. The crown jewel is the biggest collection of James Ensor in the world. The KMSKA is currently being renovated. The existing 19th-century building is being returned to its former glory and is undergoing a generous expansion. The KMSKA will reopen its doors on 24 September 2022.
Want to find out more? Go to kmska.be