Autumn in Antwerp

Newsletter - October 2022

Antwerp has various plans for the coming months. In this newsletter, we have collected highlights, news and tips. Would you like to know more about a particular subject, are you looking for visual material or are you planning a trip to Antwerp? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

MoMu reopens with two new exhibitions

Last weekend, the doors of MoMu swung open again. Fashion enthusiasts can marvel at two new temporary exhibitions:

On the first floor, 'MIRROR MIRROR - Fashion & the psyche' highlights the connection between fashion, psychology, self-image and identity. How do contemporary designers and artists challenge ideals of beauty? Can clothing protect us mentally and give us strength? (08.10 - 26.02.2022)

On the ground floor, MoMu is showing 'Exploding Fashion: from 2D to 3D to 3D Animation' in collaboration with Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London). This exhibition offers an insight into pattern making in the 20th century (08.10 - 05.02.2022).

In turn, the Permanent Collection presentation tells the story of avant-garde Belgian (and international) fashion with a selection of silhouettes and archival material from the extensive MoMu collection, which numbers more than 38,000 pieces (from 08.10.2022).

If you want to rest and enjoy a healthy meal during or after your museum visit, take a break at the MoMu cafe.

2nd edition of Art Antwerp

From 15-18 December, Art Antwerp descends on Antwerp Expo. This contemporary art fair will welcome more than 65 galleries this year, 15 from Antwerp and half of them from abroad. Art lovers will be spoiled with a rich, international programme featuring both established and emerging artists. You can preview the participants here.

Finis Terrae art walk

From 17 November until 26 February the Antwerp Gallery Geukens & De Vil is organising a large-scale art walk around one universal theme: our planet. Fifty contemporary Belgian artists will show their work, which depicts their vision of the theme, at 13 unique locations in the city. These include the garden of the Cathedral of Our Lady and the Hendrik Conscience Library. Finis Terrae aims to take a look at the world today and emphasise hope, human resilience and the power of art.

MoMu launches sustainable fashion walk 

Sustainability is gaining in importance. But how is this concept woven into Antwerp's fashion DNA? During the MoMu Fashion & Sustainability Walk, the guide offers a new perspective on fashion and sustainability and illustrates its stratification through Antwerp's rich fashion scene and history. You will encounter defining locations, designers and movements in the city and be treated to unique photo and video footage.

Vegan hot spot

In spring 2022, Sapphire House opened its doors in Antwerp. The five-star hotel is the first Marriott hotel to be entirely plant-based, where two-star chef Bart De Pooter offers culinary excellence in two restaurants. But Antwerp has much more to offer. Find out in this article how the city is rapidly becoming a hotspot for vegan and plant-based food.

KMSKA is open! ​

After 11 years of closure, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts (KMSKA) is open again. Stop by and stroll through seven centuries of art; from Flemish masters like Van Eyck, Rubens and Magritte to world-class artists including Fouquet, Titian, Alechinsky, Modigliani and Rodin.

Hotel Flora: wonderful stay in a hidden gem

Tucked away in the historic city centre area, you'll find the colourful Hotel Flora. Located in a historic building, this boutique hotel features 7 unique suites. The building has been lovingly restored. Interior designer Gert Voorjans and landscape painter Nils Verkaeren took care of the decoration and created a unique magical atmosphere. Please step inside!

Establishment of Antwerp & Partners Convention Bureau (A&PCB)

The City of Antwerp is capitalising on its strengths to raise its profile as a top destination for business events. To this end, VOKA, Antwerp Hotel Association, A Room with a ZOO (KMDA vzw) and Easyfairs have established the non-profit organisation Antwerp & Partners Convention Bureau (A&PCB), with financial support from the City of Antwerp.

The goal of A&PCB is to position Antwerp even more effectively as a business city and as a destination for (inter)national conferences, business events and trade shows. The non-profit organisation will pursue a carefully developed marketing policy, and proactively approach organisers. A&PCB's primary focus is to attract events that generate a positive impact on residents, business owners and visitors to the city. Events that leave a lasting 'legacy' because they strengthen local and regional policies, and have a link to the corresponding strong economic clusters, knowledge institutions or centres of excellence.


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Antwerp, city on the stream, world port, international diamond centre, home to Rubens and renowned Mecca for fashion… all these aspects make Antwerp the city it is meant to be: a dazzling, hospitable easy to get around metropolis, cosy and heart-warming, plenty of stimulating greenery and calm nooks. A great shopping paradise with shops of designers from Antwerp and superior expertise. A cultural city blessed with delightful architecture, impassioned works of art and impressive monuments. In the cafés they serve the best beers and in the many restaurants food enthusiasts can enjoy the most delicious traditional and multi-cultural dishes. Antwerp is something else and a lot more fun, come and find out for yourself!