Exhibitions in Antwerp

Exhibitions in Antwerp

Antwerp is the foremost cultural destination by far. The city is home to a diverse range of interesting exhibitions and museums for you to visit. From modern art to graphic art and printmaking, there's nothing you won't find in this city. Antwerp is also home to some breathtaking churches that will dazzle you with their architecture.


Anybody home?

from 17 December 2022
​Museum MAS

An exhibition that is entirely conceived with families in mind and that invites them to think about what a ‘home’ actually means: Is it a roof and four walls, or is it more than that? Is it a place, a feeling or just a memory? And what if you don't feel at home anywhere? That is something that young visitors and their families can reflect upon while visiting this new, imaginative and playful exhibition in which some surprising items are on show. We can give away one of the answers to that question right now: home is a word that means something different to everyone.

Anybody home?
What is home? Is it a roof and four walls, or is there much more to it? Is it a place, a feeling, or nothing more than a memory? What if you don’t feel at home anywhere? Visit ‘Anybody home?’, an imaginative, playful, family-friendly exhibition, and reflect together with your family on what home means to you. Experience how objects from the collection of the MAS bring the different themes to life and listen to the home stories of locals, who are both young and young at heart. Because one thing is certain: ‘home’ means something completely different to everyone.
Museum MAS

L’invitation au voyage

until 19 February 2023
​Museum Plantin-Moretus

This exhibition is a journey of discovery through the thought and creative process of the Antwerp artist Philip Aguirre y Otegui and invites visitors to step into his studio. A versatile artist, Philip Aguirre has built up a rich body of work in a variety of art disciplines during the past 40 years. A focus on drawing forms the start of his thought process, but techniques such as etching and woodcutting also make a frequent appearance in his work. Visitors will also be able to link a number of drawings and sculptures together and will have an opportunity to wander through a sort of artist's studio.

Philip Aguirre y Otegui | L'invitation au voyage
Philip Aguirre y Otegui schenkt een selectie grafisch werk aan het Prentenkabinet van het Museum Plantin-Moretus. Een uitgelezen aanleiding voor het Museum Plantin-Moretus om in nauwe samenwerking met de kunstenaar een tentoonstelling te presenteren.
Museum Plantin-Moretus

The Nottebohm Room open to individual visitors

until 26 February 2023
​20 April - 9 September 2023
​Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library

The Nottebohm Room is the hidden gem of the Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library and looks like something straight out of the magical world of Harry Potter. This breathtaking historical setting is where the library's first 150,000 books are preserved. The doors of the Nottebohm Room normally only swing open for exhibitions, lectures, concerts or tours, but in 2023, individual visitors will temporarily have an opportunity to visit it as well. 

The Nottebohm Room open to individual visitors
The Nottebohm Room is a hidden gem. This prestigious library space shines in all its facets. And from this autumn you can also discover the magic of this unique place in the heart of Antwerp on your own.
Erfgoed Hendrik Conscience

Finnis Terrae

until 26 February 2023
​Museum Plantin-Moretus and other locations

The Antwerp-based Galerie Geukens & De Vil is organising a large-scale art walk focusing on a single, universal theme – our planet. No fewer than 50 contemporary Belgian artists will be exhibiting their work depicting their vision of the theme at 13 unique locations around the city. These include the garden of the Cathedral of Our Lady and the Hendrik Conscience Library. The aim behind Finis Terrae is to take a look at the world today, while emphasising hope, human resilience and the power of art. 

FINIS TERRAE | Finis Terrae
Finis Terrae Antwerpen heeft als doel een blik te werpen op onze wereld vandaag. Via een wandeling langs verschillende (historische) locaties presenteren hedendaagse kunstenaars werk rond verschillende subthema's waaronder migratie, klimaat, digitale revolutie, maar ook hoop en de kracht van kunst.

IKONEN | Anton Corbijn Exhibition 

until 16 April 2023
​Handelsbeurs (Stock Exchange)

This exhibition is a stunning and surprising introduction to the universe of the world-famous photographer and film-maker Anton Corbijn, who is considered one of the most influential photographers of our time, in both music and portrait photography. Not only will IKONEN be presenting a selection of his portrait photographs, but it will also be bringing three unseen series to Antwerp: Cemeteries, a.somebody and Lenin, USSR. 

Anton Corbijn Expo | Ikonen | Fototentoonstelling Antwerpen
Deze expo is een schitterende en verrassende introductie tot het universum van de wereldberoemde fotograaf en filmmaker Anton Corbijn. IKONEN presenteert een fototentoonstelling van zijn portretfoto’s én brengt drie ongeziene reeksen naar Antwerpen.
Anton Corbijn Expo

Marie-José Van Hee Architecten. A walk

until 21 May 2023
​De Singel

Thirty years after her first solo exhibition and 400 projects later, the architect Marie-José Van Hee returns to De Singel. Through a series of interventions in the exhibition hall and around the arts campus, this 'grande dame' of the Belgian architectural world will show her vision of care in architecture.

Marie-José Van Hee architecten. A Walk
How do we care for architecture? How can we understand the emotional labour put into the design of buildings? How do we collaborate with inhabitants and material producers, crafts(wo)men and co-workers who shape and reshape architecture in a caring way? The Flanders Architecture Institute and De…

Rembrandt - a photographer avant la lettre

27 January - 22 May 2023
​Museum De Reede

Rembrandt is celebrated worldwide not only as a painter, but also as a masterful draughtsman and etcher. Throughout his career, Rembrandt continued working with the etching needle. This exhibition will display a selection of the 80 or so works, while seeking to encapsulate the unique view of reality as seen through the eyes of this world-famous artist.

REMBRANDT | Photographer avant la lettre
The exhibition Rembrandt – Photographer avant la lettre brings in a selection of some 80 works of this world-famous artist.

A Topological Boulevard

28 January - 6 May 2023
​KMSKA (Print Room)

Artist Sharon Van Overmeiren (Antwerp, 1985) made a selection of drawings, prints and books from the collection of the Museum Plantin-Moretus for the print room of the KMSKA. She confronts them with her own sculptures, which are created from parts of the most diverse objects.

The Academy celebrates its 360th birthday

from 16 February
​Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp

In 2023, the Academy will celebrate its 360th birthday. In 1663, the artist David Teniers initiated the founding of the Antwerp Academy, one of the very first art schools in the world. But instead of looking back at its part and looking ahead into the future, the Academy is taking a 360°-perspective and is taking in the world around it. What is the position of the Academy in the world and in what way does the world influence the Academy? 

360 YEARS ACADEMY IN 360° | AP School Of Arts
In 2023 the Academy will celebrate its 360th anniversary. This time we are not positioning ourselves in time, but in space: 360°Academy. Instead of looking backwards and forwards, we are now looking 360° around us. How is the Academy positioned in the world, and how does the world work in the Academy?

Susan Meiselas - Mediations

17 February - 4 June 2023
​FOMU | Photo Museum

Mediations is the first retrospective in Belgium of the Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas. The exhibition itself spans more than fifty years, from her early portraits of neighbours to intimate shots of strippers and her iconic photographs from crisis and war zones.

Susan Meiselas' work, which includes several long-term studies, covers a wide range of themes and countries. She draws attention to minorities and conflicts that the general public often overlooks.

FOMU Antwerpen | Exhibitions | Susan Meiselas - Mediations
For nearly five decades, Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas (US, 1948) has been using her camera to bear witness and to connect with people. The retrospective Mediations is on show at FOMU until 04.06.2022

melanie bonajo - When the body says Yes

17 February - 4 June 2023
​FOMU | Photo Museum

When the body says Yes is an immersive video installation by melanie bonajo, a Dutch artist, film-maker, sexological bodyworker and somatic sex coach and educator. The installation, which was commissioned by the Mondrian Fund for the 2022 Venice Biennale, forms part of the artist's ongoing investigation into the current status of intimacy in our increasingly alienated, utility-driven world. According to bonajo, touch can be a powerful remedy for today's epidemic of loneliness.

FOMU Antwerp | exhibitions | melanie bonajo - When the body says Yes
melanie bonajo (they/them) is an artist, filmmaker, sexological bodyworker, somatic sex coach and educator, hug workshop leader, and activist. Their videos, performances, photographs and installations investigate topical issues arising from the capitalism system. When the body says Yes is an…

Grace Ndiritu reimagines the FOMU Collection

17 February 2023 - 7 January 2024
​FOMU | Photo Museum

In the exhibition ‘Grace Ndiritu reimagines the FOMU collection’, the artist Grace Ndiritu constructs a photographic universe in which she integrates painting, textiles and interior design. This is a radical and holistic reinterpretation of what a collection exhibition can be. 

In her practice as an artist, Ndiritu explores how our world is changing. She also sees shamanism as a way to reactivate museum collections. Ndiritu's photographic installation ‘A Quest For Meaning’ (2014) is the starting point of the exhibition and of her search through the FOMU collection. Ndiritu combines photographs associatively. By creating surprising combinations, she gives new meanings to work by artists including Annemie Augustijns, Dirk Braeckman, Suzy Embo, Rinko Kawauchi, Paul Kooiker, Tina Modotti, Man Ray and Wolfgang Tillmans.

FOMU Antwerpen | Expo's | Grace Ndiritu Reimagines the FOMU Collection
In de tentoonstelling Grace Ndiritu Rreimagines the FOMU Collection stelt de Brits-Keniaanse kunstenaar Grace Ndiritu een nieuw fotografisch universum samen waarin ze schilderkunst, textiel en interieurontwerp integreert.

Geometrically Wired. IO Van Oostveldt between clothing and art

25 February - 30 July 2023
​MoMu | Fashion Museum Antwerp

MoMu is offering an insight into the life and work of the Belgian artist IO Van Oostveldt. Geometry and experimentation form a common thread in her art and clothing designs.

MoMu - Fashion Museum Antwerp
MoMu is the fashion museum of Antwerp in Belgium. Founded 2002, the museum collects, conserves, studies and exhibits Belgian contemporary fashion.
MoMu Antwerp

Baroque Influencers

March - November 2023
​Different locations

A new city festival consisting of a variety of exhibitions, baroque music concerts, a lecture series with speakers from home and abroad and a striking trail of experiences for young and old. The festival will showcase the influence of the Baroque era and the central role played by the Jesuits in Antwerp. From masterpieces by Peter Paul Rubens, seventeenth-century devotional prints and a rediscovered avant-garde movement from the interwar period, to contemporary art and the very latest debates about solidarity.

Barokke Influencers, stadsfestival van maart tot november 2023 in Antwerpen.
Beleef de verbluffende expo’s, de adembenemende muziekconcerten en de vele andere boeiende evenementen van het stadsfestival Barokke Influencers. Van maart tot november 2023 in Antwerpen.

Reopening of the permanent collection on display in the DIVA

Opening weekend 24 March 2023
​DIVA | Museum for diamonds, jewellery and silver

DIVA, the Museum of Diamonds, Jewellery and Silver will be celebrating 575 years of diamonds in Antwerp by renewing the display of its permanent collection presentation. From 24 March 2023 onwards, DIVA will invite visitors on a journey that embraces the main themes in the collection – diamonds, jewellery and silver. This journey starts in a brand new room where visitors will get to know the raw materials, zoom in on recent developments in the sector such as urban mining, upcycling and the lab-grown diamond, as well as learning more about the issues surrounding ecology and ethics. Visitors will then encounter the experts, traders, creators and designers and, ultimately, the people who wear the jewellery or make use of the silverware. In this way, the museum tells a broader story from raw material to object, or from mine to ring in the form of seven thematic galleries.

DIVA I A brilliant museum in Antwerp I Diamonds, jewelry and silversmithing | DIVA
DIVA, the new diamond museum in Antwerp. Located in the historic centre of Antwerp. Room of Wonder I: Axel Vervoordt: until April 28.

James Ensor & music

30 March - June 2023
​Museum Vleeshuis

The artist James Ensor was also a gifted composer. His ballet, La gamme d'amour, premiered at the Antwerp Opera in 1924. Museum Vleeshuis has preserved three design sketches of the sets from that ballet, drawn from Ensor's works. Those sketches form the starting point for a small focus presentation around Ensor's music graphics. 

Especially for the presentation, Nicolas Callot and Bart Rodyns recorded excerpts from the ballet on a late 19th century piano and harmonium. 

The concert series "Wednesday Sounds" (January to June 2023) is also dedicated to James Ensor and his era.

Man Ray and fashion

22 April - 13 August 2023
​MoMu | Fashion Museum Antwerp

In spring 2023, MoMu will highlight Man Ray's oeuvre from a fashion perspective. The exhibition unites Man Ray's iconic photography and artwork with fashion silhouettes from the interwar period and the work of contemporary fashion designers and photographers inspired by his work.

MoMu - Fashion Museum Antwerp
MoMu is the fashion museum of Antwerp in Belgium. Founded 2002, the museum collects, conserves, studies and exhibits Belgian contemporary fashion.
MoMu Antwerp

Heimwee (homesickness) – group exhibition

17 May - 3 September 2023
​Red Star Line Museum

The Red Star Line Museum engages with a diverse group of Antwerp residents about the power of memories. By means of various initiatives, the museum be shining a light on the many different facets of homesickness in a way that stimulates all of our senses and makes visitors pause to consider exactly what homesickness is. The project addresses a universal feeling we all know (and recognise). The events scheduled to take place in the year to come also include a family festival, a herb garden at the Permeke Library and several workshops. In addition to those events, a diverse group of 10 young emerging female artists will present a work on the subject of homesickness that has been created especially for this exhibition in collaboration with coach co-curator Malikka Bouaissa of Arteshoq vzw.  

Antwerp Art Weekend

18 - 21 May 2023

The Antwerp Art Weekend is a four-day contemporary visual arts event in Antwerp, during which art spaces in and around the city join forces to celebrate and further promote contemporary art. Antwerp Art Weekend is the best way to experience the city and its thriving art scene, with a huge number of galleries and museums to explore. Spaces pull out all the stops to offer a comprehensive programme with plenty of additional activities. 

Antwerp Art Weekend is a citywide manifestation for contemporary art in Antwerp, where art venues in and around the city join forces to celebrate and promote contemporary art as a valuable and essential part of society.
Antwerp Art Weekend

De Pelgrim (The Pilgrim)

27 May - 3 September 2023
​KMSKA (Print Room)

In 1924, in the shadow of the historical avant-garde, a few Flemish artists founded the Catholic artists' association De Pelgrim (The Pilgrim). Their aim? To oppose a world that was becoming increasingly modern and to return to faith. However, they did not do so by clinging to the past. On the contrary. Pelgrim artists understood the new, innovative aspect of modern art all too well and used it as a tool to lure young and old back to the church. Call it a ‘rear-garde’. In its short existence, De Pelgrim managed to gather numerous artists from home and abroad. This exhibition delves deeper into the association's (international) network and the art that emerged from it. Expect a fascinating mix of paintings, drawings and documents. ​ This exhibition is part of the Antwerp city festival Baroque Influencers.

Art society De Pelgrim - barokkeinfluencers.be
This exhibition rediscovers the (international) network of De Pelgrim and the religious community art of the interwar period.


22 until 25 June 2023

The Royal Academy of Fine Arts was one of the first art schools in the world and, with its unique historic campus in Antwerp as its base, it has made a name for itself with its educational programmes and research projects. For each student, the master's year is a profound and intense period that defines their first steps on their budding artistic career. During the Masters Expo, all master's students display their graduation projects, from sculpture to jewellery design!

360 YEARS ACADEMY IN 360° | AP School Of Arts
In 2023 the Academy will celebrate its 360th anniversary. This time we are not positioning ourselves in time, but in space: 360°Academy. Instead of looking backwards and forwards, we are now looking 360° around us. How is the Academy positioned in the world, and how does the world work in the Academy?

Vincen Beeckman (working title)

23 June - 8 October 2023
​FOMU | Photo Museum

The Belgian artist Vincen Beeckman's first major museum exhibition will be on display during the summer of 2023. For Beeckman, photography is an excuse to connect people. A characteristic common to all of his works is that the people he photographs take centre stage at every stage of their collaboration. Beeckman takes the time to develop a genuine contact by being present again and again, even if only briefly. The exhibition will provide extensive coverage of several long-running projects. The exhibition will feature highlights of twenty years of collaboration, combined with new work that he created for a commission from the FOMU. 

FOMU | Fotomuseum Antwerpen | Photography museum Antwerp
FOMU is one of the most prestigious and leading museums of photography in Europe. Plan your visit, enjoy new exhibitions, discover the museum shop and learn more about our collections.

Silver Triennial: a contemporary design exhibition

28 August - 8 October 2023
​DIVA | Museum for diamonds, jewellery and silver

From 28 August onwards, DIVA will be presenting the 20th edition of the Silver Triennial, the foremost international competition for contemporary silver. The travelling exhibition will showcase the best entries from this triennial competition and is organised by the Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst (Association for Goldsmiths' Art) in Hanau. Though the exhibition itself will be transferred from the Goldschmiedehaus in Hanau, it will have a distinctive look and presentation in DIVA. The exhibition is aimed at design, art and contemporary (silver) work enthusiasts, as well as at makers of contemporary silver.

DIVA I A brilliant museum in Antwerp I Diamonds, jewelry and silversmithing | DIVA
DIVA, the new diamond museum in Antwerp. Located in the historic centre of Antwerp. Room of Wonder I: Axel Vervoordt: until April 28.

Exhibition about World War II in Antwerp, 1940-1945 (working title)

​from 7 September 2023
​Museum MAS

This exhibition shows the impact of World War II on the people of Antwerp from 1940 to 1945, during which Antwerp was hit particularly hard. Nazi terror, the persecution of Jews and military violence led to the deaths of 25,000 residents. The Nazi dictatorship divided the population and led to the mass persecution of Jews and dissenters. In Antwerp, the pressures of war and persecution drove the city to breaking point.

This exhibition reveals how this could happen, what it meant to live in Antwerp's Nazi society and what happens when basic values such as freedom and equality fall by the wayside.

What's on display?
In the MAS, the Boulevard with 6-metre-high glass panels will guide you to the various museum halls. You'll encounter a new tale about Antwerp, the river and the port on every storey. The collection boasts over 500,000 museum pieces. Permanent and temporary exhibitions offer a refreshing look at the city and centuries of contact with the world. At the top, on the tenth floor, you'll enjoy a 360-degree panorama of the city, the port and the river.
Museum MAS

Red Star Line Museum – 10 years young

27 September - 1 October 2023
​Red Star Line Museum

From Wednesday 27 September to Sunday 1 October, the Red Star Line Museum will celebrate its 10th anniversary together with families, friends and partners. It will be a true family weekend for the general public.

To see & to do
What's on display now or in the near future? Which activities are planned?
Red Star Line Museum

Turning Heads

20 October 2023 - 21 January 2024

Artists in the Low Countries were intrigued by the human face and often depicted it. And not only in portraits. They also painted countenances where the model's identity did not matter. Think of Quinten Metsijs' grotesque heads, Pieter Bruegel's peasant mugs, Peter Paul Rubens' studies of a head and the expressive visages by Adriaan Brouwer and Rembrandt. These works, sometimes called ‘mugs’, do not represent someone but something. Not a specific person but a type, feeling, or character trait. As a first-time feature, Bold Faces explores the story behind these intriguing heads and showcases them in all their diversity. Rooted in innovative scholarly research, the project is translated into something light-hearted and accessible. The exhibition features a high-quality selection of some sixty works including prestigious loans of Flemish Masters (Metsijs, Bruegel, Rubens, Van Dyck, Jordaens and Brouwer) and leading international artists (Dürer, Bosch, Barocci, Rembrandt and Vermeer). The Antwerp Old Masters were phenomenal painters of faces. The KMSKA is therefore the ideal venue for the first major worldwide exhibition featuring these heads.

Rare and indispensable: 100 masterpieces from Flemish collections

31 October 2023 - 25 February 2024
​Museum MAS

Magritte, Bacon, Ensor, Moore, Jordaens and Rubens are just a few of the world-famous names on display at the MAS this autumn. The unmissable exhibition ‘Rare and Indispensable’ will display a unique selection of masterpieces that you would otherwise have to travel all over Flanders to see, or that are normally never accessible to the public at all. The exhibition itself is being held in honour of the 20th anniversary of the Flemish Outstanding Artefacts Decree.

Rare and indispensable
Magritte, Bacon, Ensor, Moore, Jordaens, Rubens … These are just some of the world-famous names on display at the MAS in autumn 2023. The not-to-be-missed exhibition 'Rare and Indispensable' brings a unique selection of masterpieces from the Flemish masterpiece list. Works of art you would otherwise have to travel all over Flanders to see, or which were never even publicly accessible, can now be temporarily admired in one museum hall. All in honour of the 20th anniversary of the 'Flemish Masterpiece Decree'.
Museum MAS

From scribble to cartoon ​ | Drawings from Bruegel to Rubens in Flemish collections

17 November 2023 - 18 February 2024
​Museum Plantin-Moretus

In this exhibition, the Museum Plantin-Moretus will present the 80 finest old drawings from Flemish collections. As a whole, this will form a stunning and representative overview of how and why people drew in our region in the 16th and 17th centuries. While masterpieces from the museum's own collection form the basis of this exhibition, they will be supplemented by complementary masterpieces from other Flemish public and private collections. This will be a unique opportunity to see a number of resounding pieces side by side, such as the Rubens' sketchbook as a 12-year-old, Antoon van den Wijngaerde's 10-metre long Panorama of Zeeland and the extremely rare Italy sketchbooks of the sculptor Pieter Verbruggen. And besides big names such as Frans Floris, Pieter Bruegel, Anthony Van Dyck or Jacques Jordaens, the beautiful and rarely shown sheets by lesser-known draughtsmen like Jan van Stinemolen, Hans Collaert, Pieter van Lint, Godfried Maes and Jan Erasmus Quellinus will also form a surprising discovery.

From scribble to cartoon
In this exhibition, the Museum Plantin-Moretus shows the 80 most beautiful old master drawings from Flemish collections. From scribble to cartoon: Drawings from Bruegel to Rubens in Flemish Collections gives an astonishing and representative overview of the art of drawing in our regions in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Museum Plantin-Moretus

Antwerpen tomorrow

Ongoing visits
​City Hall

On the ground floor of the renovated Town Hall, you can discover the story of how Antwerp developed as a city. Where did the city come from and how is it expanding? How will the city of today and tomorrow deal with challenges such as liveability, climate and major infrastructure projects? Also on view is the temporary exhibition entitled "Renovation of City Hall from the 'Schoon Verdiep' (Bel étage) to the 'Verlicht Verdiep' (Illuminated Floor)".

Expo Antwerpen Morgen
Ontdek alles over het verleden, heden en de toekomst van Antwerpen in de expo Antwerpen Morgen.



Copyright header image: Gianni Camilleri

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