Groening’s Museum, Bruges (Brugge), Belgium

There are a number of Museums in the Dijver street. The Groening Museum has one of the best collections of medieval art in Europe. It is also known as the “City Museum of Fine Arts”. Though it has paintings from the 15th century onwards, the building itself dates back to 1929-30. The name Groeninge it seems refers to the nearby Groeninge fields in the city of Kortrijk (Courtrai). Here the French army was defeated by the Flemish in 1302. There is also a street named Groeninge nearby (towards Gruuthusestraat). It has Flemish works from 15th century onwards and is specially known for the works by the Flemish Primitives.

The “Flemish Primitives” nomenclature actually refers to artists who were the “first” to use new painting techniques of the middle ages. They essentially came from the Lower Countries region. There are works of Jan van Eyck, Bosch, Rogier van der Weyden, Bram Bogart, Paul Delvaux, James Ensor, Emile Claus, Hans Memling, Raveel etc. The range of exhibitions include paintings of the Renaissance and Baroque schools, works from the Neo-Classical and Realistic periods (18th & 19th centuries), several pieces from Symbolist and Modernist times, from Flemish Expressionists and post 1945 modern art. The display of the exhibits change regularly.

Address of Groening’s Museum, Bruges (Brugge):
Dijver 12, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
Ph. – 050-44-87-51
Wakable distance from the Markt Square.
Timings – Everyday 9:30 am – 5 pm
Closed on – Mondays (except Easter Monday & Whit Monday), 25th Dec, 1st Jan, Ascension Day

In 2009 the museum will be closed from February 2nd to march 26th. Then on March 27th new expositions will be opened viz. ‘Karel de Stoute (1433-77), Pracht en Praal in Bourgondië (Charles the Bold (1433-1477), Splendour in Burgundy. These will be at the Groeninge Museum and the Welcome Church of Our Lady.

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