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Musee Fin-De-Siecle

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Musee Fin-De-Siecle

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Alex David wrote a review Jan 2020
London, United Kingdom218 contributions47 helpful votes
This is an art museum with an interesting concept. It was only created in 2013 by grouping together works from the late 19th and early 20th century that previously were exhibited in the main Fine Arts Museum (now the 'Old Masters' museum). It does feel a bit like a gimmick since they basically opened up 4 floors in the basements for this new museum that were obviously unused until then. But you can't fault the art itself since it genuinely is interesting. The museum holds some good pieces from the Impressionist/Expressionist movements--the best by far is Gauguin's spiritually haunting 'Green Christ'--but the most memorable paintings are those by Belgian artists. What a fascinating bunch these Fin de Siecle Belgian painters were! Some, like Fernand Khnopff and Theo van Rysselberghe, were very talented and eclectic, able to jump easily from one style of painting to another. Others, like Victor Horta, produced beautiful Art Nouveau pieces. And some, like James Ensor and Jean Delville, just created weird and wonderful things. Look out for Ensor's 'Skeletons Fighting Over A Smoked Herring' and 'The Bad Doctors', a painting guaranteed to turn you off modern medicine, both on level -6. And then descend down to Level -7 to explore the large esoteric canvases by Jean Delville, like 'The Angel of Splendors' and 'The Dead Orpheus'. Some of his works will enrapture you in beauty, others will puzzle and repel you. I would advise working your way down the museum as there is a historical progression down the floors, but do not spend too much time browsing through each floor as the best works are scattered all throughout. You can combine a visit here with either the Old Masters Museum or the Magritte Museum (there is a reduced price to see them both in one day), but I would caution against seeing all three museums in one day as you will risk rushing through one of them without appreciating its art. Having seen all three museums, I personally would have loved spending more time in this one, as it definitely holds the most intriguing works of art.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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MadisonJSP wrote a review Oct 2019
Madison, Wisconsin192 contributions94 helpful votes
This is part of a combined ticket with the Old Masters museum. While it may seem strange to have an entire museum devoted to shuck a short period of time, culturally, economically and artistically, the fin-de-Siecle period was so rich that it makes a lot of sense, and it is great to be able to really immerse yourself. It is on several levels, which are all underground, which seems odd when you are trying to get down there, but it’s a good setting and wasn’t busy at all when we were there. The one thing I wish there was more of was furniture, but what they had was lovely!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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FLnurseER wrote a review Sep 2019
Boca Raton, Florida2,184 contributions114 helpful votes
I had tickets for this museum, and after finishing with the Old Masters section upstairs, I headed to this one only to be told that the elevators are not working. Very disappointing is an understatement, as I love both Art Nouveau and Impressionism. I have very bad knees and was not able to climb down 7-8 flights of stairs and then climb them up again. To any disabled person, this museum is inaccessible.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Arriet wrote a review Jul 2019
Boca Raton, Florida301 contributions52 helpful votes
This is the kind of art I really enjoy Impressionism social realism non Impressionism realism idealism symbolism !!Art Deco furniture opera stage boxes with the opera being played Some of the most fabulous painter of that time James Ensor Georges Seurat Alphonse mocha to mention a few 8 floors a little confusing to get around but worth the effort Nice coffee shop to relax between the 3 museum in the old master wing with out door terrace
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Date of experience: July 2019
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isabellekane2000 wrote a review Jul 2019
New York City, New York210 contributions76 helpful votes
I am not a great fun of modern art, so I can not possibly be objective. I did not particularly enjoyed this museum but if you a 20th century art lover, then this is the right place for you.
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