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New treasures - Discover works recently added to the collections at the Museum of Ixelles : Marc Chagall, Max Ernst, Panamarenko...

New acquisitions

For several years the Museum of Ixelles has developed a dynamic acquisition policy that allows it to develop its permanent collection. This policy is based on two considerations : to purchase contemporary art and to search for any missing works from the panorama of Belgian art, which is the DNA of our institution. An acquisition committee, made of experts of the 19th and 20th century art history – be it photographs, paintings or posters  meets annually or biannually to propose and decide what goes into our collections. Significant purchases took place in 2013 : Allegory of Literary Genres from symbolist Constant Montald, under-represented in our collection, African Women by Floris Jespers (bas-relief in cement), Panamarenko’s Paradox and finally Condolence Visit by Alfred Stevens, a historic piece of 1857. We present here two new donations which reflect the generosity of artists and colectionneurs.

Het Laar or The Glade by Jean-Marie Bytebier

Het Laar or The Glade by Jean-Marie Bytebier now adorns the walls of our permanent galleries, having previously appeared twice at the Museum of Ixelles in temporary exhibitions. The painting was present in Belgium Landscapes in the summer of 2015 as well as the exhibition devoted to the author Ab-ad in the spring of 2016.
A people’s favourite, the Flemish artist tirelessly re-examines one of the major genres of classical painting, the landscape.  He offers an original vision in a very accessible style with a rich pictorial quality. The work, donated by the artist himself, enriches the permanent collections and highlights art created in Belgium. To be on display in our permanent galleries from June 30 to September 25, 2016.

Space Scape by Paul van Hoeydonck

Space Scape by Paul van Hoeydonck was donated to the museum by Marc Sohier, in memory of his wife Françoise Mayer. The couple had bought the piece from the artist in 1963, the year of its creation. Space Scape was part of Van Hoeydonck’s first exhibition, inspired by the space race, which took place in the same year at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels.
A Belgian painter and sculptor of international renown, Van Hoeydonck produced some sixty works inspired by the future, revealing a fascination for technology and industry.  His passion for the conquest of space has brought him fame, as his sculpture Fallen Astronaut is the only work to have been deposited on the moon.




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