The new museum will situate the Belgian heritage at the centre of the international scene.
From the 6th of December 2013, the general public will be able to discover the Musée Fin-de-Siècle Museum and its outstanding collection of works by Belgian artists such as James Ensor, Fernand Khnopff, Léon Spilliaert, Victor Horta, Henry Van de Velde, and Philippe Wolfers, as well as by foreign artists such as Paul Gauguin, Auguste Rodin, Pierre Bonnard, Emile Gallé, Louis Majorelle, and Alphonse Mucha, among others.
The Musée Fin-de-Siècle Museum presents Brussels as Europe's creative crossroads at the turn of the century. Thanks to the Salons of Les XX (1883 – 1894) and La Libre Esthétique (1894 – 1914), artists met each other and created works and objets d'art of exceptional richness.
This artistic dynamism is presented in an attractive, modern exhibition design. Visitors find themselves immersed in the atmosphere of 1900, thanks to a combination of exhibits that range across the arts, from philosophy to poetry, from architecture to painting, from photography to literature… The public will be able to relive this period of change, of transition from the 19th to the 20th century through the emergence of new artistic movements: Impressionism, Realism, neo-Impressionism, post-Impressionism, and Symbolism. Within this wealth of artistic achievement, the specific contribution of Belgian artists such as Jean Delville, Henri Evenepoel, Constantin Meunier, Emile Claus, Théo Van Rysselberghe, Félicien Rops, and Léon Spilliaert is highlighted.
It has only been possible to do justice to the multidisciplinary nature of the period thanks to a partnership that brings together the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, the Royal Museums of Art and History, the Royal Library, Belfius, La Monnaie/De Munt, the Cinematek, the Université Libre de Bruxelles, the Bibliotheca Wittockiana, and the King Baudouin Foundation. In addition to these partners, we must recognise the contribution of the Brussels-Capital Region, which has made available the extraordinary Gillion Crowet collection, one of the highlights of the new Musée Fin-de-Siècle Museum. The National Lottery, the Belgian Buildings Agency (Régie des Bâtiments/Regie der Gebouwen), as well as the Petercam, Tevean, and Perrier-Jouët companies have also helped to fund this project. The Royal Museums of Fine Arts particularly want to thank the Gillion Crowet family for their support in the implementation of a project that is so dear to the museum.
Visitors to the museum will be treated to multidisciplinary, sensory experiences and creative discoveries, enhanced by the use of new technology.
As a public space open to all, the Musée Fin-de-Siècle Museum has been designed to be accessible to people with reduced mobility. An open public space with a customized reception of specific target groups, allow everyone to enjoy this unique experience.
Starting on 6 December 2013, all visitors to the new museum will be able to immerse themselves in the splendours of the dawn of the 20th century.