Best Art Galleries In Brussels, Belgium

With a display of both classical art and more contemporary pieces, Brussels’ countless art galleries cater to a wide range of interests. Among the many galleries and places for art lovers, in the city we have selected two galleries and an art fair that we consider amongst the very best to visit in Brussels: the Almine Rech Gallery, Therorema, situated close by our hotel just off Avenue Louise, and Art Brussels, a contemporary art fair definitely worth seeing in case you are passing through Brussels in April. For those interested in modern art, there are impressive exhibitions at the Centre of Contemporary Art and Museum of Modern Art.

1. Almine Rech Gallery


Almine Rech is an internationally recognized exhibitor. His gallery in Brussels, just like the one located in Paris, proposes highly regarded exhibitions and participation in many international art fairs contribute to the gallery’s pedigree.

The strength of the gallery lies in its solid roster of artists, which includes both historical mainstays and more cutting edge names like Joseph Kosuth, Anselm Reyle, Katja Strunz, James Turrell, Amelie Von Wulffen, Hedi Slimane and many more. Until mid-November 2012, you’ll be able to find a great exhibition of the works of the American artist Jeffrey Koons. Koons is very well known for his reproductions of banal objects, such as balloon shaped animals produced in stainless steel with mirror finish surfaces.  If you’ll come to Brussels before the end of the year or in the beginning of 2013 and you want to visit the Almine Rech Gallery, you’ll find the works of the artist Francesco Vezzoli in an exhibition titled “Olga forever!”. His works often present “Pop Icons” or “Stars” of the big and small screen presented in an original way. Really worth a visit! Follow their news and events on Facebook! The gallery is located in 20 Rue de L’Abbaye/ Abdijstraat 20

2. Art Brussels


Art Brussels has the reputation of being Europe’s leading cutting-edge contemporary art fair. This is a must-see event for every art lover! The next edition is will happen from 18 April to 21 April 2013 at Brussels Expo. This is one of the most prestigious international art fairs and is visited by over 30,000 artists and art fans annually and counts over 180 participating galleries, 80% of which come from abroad. Art Brussels is as international as it gets. The admission of galleries is extremely complicated, since they have to pass through a challenging selection procedure. This does make Art Brussels such an incredible event. Besides the main program of the fair, there is an emphasis on presentations of works by young prospective artists coming from all parts of Europe. Join them on Facebook!


3. THEOREMA Art Gallery


THEOREMA art gallery presents today’s Greek art scene in Brussels in connection with contemporary European artists. It is located around the corner of the hotel, on rue Berckmans 39. After heading out of the Pantone hotel, turn to your right onto Rue Berckmans. After a two minute walk, crossing Rue de Suisse and Rue Capouillet, you’ll hit the gallery.  Until the 17th of November 2012 here you’ll find Tassos Mantzavinos’s paintings. His works are a mix of European traditions and contemporary Greek frames combined in a mix ofscholar techniques and authentic popular instinct.

He focuses on a personal surreal humanism. He says: “le peintre est son propre mythe, l’univers de ses pensées, les choix de sa vie, tout cela aboutit sur son tableau.” Freely translated into: “The artist is his own myth, his thoughts are his universe, his choices in life, all lead to his canvas.” In spring 2012 his works were presented at the Benaki Museum in Athens. Here a list of artists who exposed their works at the THEOREMAGallery  during 2012: Maria Kelaidi, Nikos Oikonomidis, YiannisStefanakis, therewith setting the bar high for 2013.
Enjoy visiting these galleries in Brussels, Belgium !

Best Brussels Museums

Brussels is the city to be for art lovers that are visiting Belgium. There is a digestible choice of museums worth visiting, when around for a short break in Brussels. As your hosts at thePANTONE HOTELTM Brussels, we’d like to provide you with a short list of museums visiting. All museums can be reached easily from our hotel close to Avenue Louise.

Visiting museums in Brussels does require a bit of prepping up. The reason behind this is that it’s not always easy to find your way around in the web of Brussels museums. Brussels has different groups of museums that you’ll be able to find under multiple names or individual descriptions.

Some of the museum groups, on top, are divided over multiple locations which make it tricky to comprehend where you’re supposed to be heading. Especially when searching online, you might run into some confusing information.

We made you a tiny selection of museums that we think are definitely worth exploring. For our selection we also attempt to find you a path through the labyrinth.

1. Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

The Royal Museums of Fine Arts were founded more than 2 centuries ago, and consist of a group of museums on different locations. The collection combined contains a stunning twenty thousand paintings, sculptures and drawings. The treasures of the museums include works by Bosch, Bruegel, Cranach, Memling, Jordaens, Rubens, Delveaux and Magritte.

Royal Museum of Fine Arts Brussels

1.1 The Museum of Ancient Art

Here you’ll find a large collection of sculptures and paintings from the 15th through the 18th century. Our personal favorite: the wing dedicated to Felmish old masters.

Address: 3 Rue de la Régence, 1000 Brussels (you can purchase your tickets here, the entrance is at Place Royale 1)
Tel: 02 508 32 11
Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00-17:00

1.2 The Museum of Modern Art

This museum is dedicated to artists of the 19th and 20th century. The museum is currently closed and will reopen in November 2012.

Address: 3 Rue de la Régence, 1000 Brussels (you can purchase your tickets here, entrance is at Place Royale 1)
Tel: 02 508 32 11
Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00-17:00

1.3 The Antoine Wiertz Museum

Antoine Wiertz was a highly spectcular artist and often painted on huge canvasses where drama, terror and size played an important role.

Location: Rue Vautier 62, 1050 Brussels
Tel: 02 648 17 18
Open: weekends from 10:00-12:00 and 13:00-17:00

1.4 The Constantin Meunier Museum

Meunier had a love for paintings and sculptures. This museum is the place where the artist spent the last years of his life and contains more than 700 works of art.

Location: Rue de l’Abbaye 59, 1050 Brussels
Tel: 02 648 44 99
Open: infrequent weekends, call to arrange a special visit

2. Magritte museums

Again here there is a bit of space for confusion. There are 2 Magritte museums in Brussels dedicated to this famous artist.

Renee Magritte - The Son of Man

The first Magritte museum (website: click here) is located at Place Royale 1. Indeed, at the exact same address as the museum of modern art. Online you won’t be abe to find out easily that these museums are located at the same spot. Tickets also need to be purchased separately. Hint: combined tickets are cheaper.

The collection is a beautiful sample of René Magritte’s oeuvre and covers all periods from his life. Here you’ll find his most important masterpieces.

Then there’s the second Magritte museum (website: click here). Renee Magritte lived here for 24 years of his life. This museum offers a biographical description of his life. TA visit of this will give you a very intimate impression of the life of Magritte.

Location: Rue Esseghem 135

These 2 museums truly compliment each other, so if you’re a fan of Magritte’s modern surrealist art, you should go and see both.

3. Musee du Cinquantenaire

Once more, this museum is part of a group, being the Royal Museums of Art and History

Musee du Cinquantenaire offers an overview of the history of mankind in the five continents from prehistoric times until today. This large museum includes high quality exhibitions and archaeological pieces from prehistory to the Middle Ages. The South American exposition holds our preference, which you shouldn’t miss.

Location: Parc du Cinquantenaire 10

Enjoy the museum trip!