Musee Fin-De-Siecle

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Alex David
London, UK218 contributions
The Wonderful, Weird World of Belgian Art
Aug 2019
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.
Written January 30, 2020
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MadisonJSP
Madison, WI192 contributions
Great displays of art from a fascinating period
Sep 2019
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!
Written October 20, 2019
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FLnurseER
Boca Raton, FL2,529 contributions
Wish I could have seen this one
Sep 2019
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.
Written September 4, 2019
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Arriet
Boca Raton, FL297 contributions
Best of the 3
Jul 2019 • Couples
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

Written July 30, 2019
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isabellekane2000
New York City, NY220 contributions
An OK place
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.
Written July 24, 2019
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Dmitri K
San Antonio, TX804 contributions
Good but start with Old Masters
Apr 2019 • Solo
There are three museums here, linked in one: Royal Museum of FIne Arts, Fin-de-Siecle and Magritte museum. You can visit the first two for 10 Euro or the three for 15. Some exhibitions in the museums cost extra.
I started with Fin-de-Siecle and think that I should have started with Old Masters, as they call Fine Arts museum. I am glad that I decided not to "do" all three museums in a row!
Frankly, the Fine Arts museum was most noteworthy. Fin-de-Siecle has about 8 floors / levels. Many good pieces but somehow the museum lacks coherence. It was hard to see the logic of the exhibition halls. Certainly, Art Deco exhibits are good.
Prepare to spend a good chunk or time in the museums. Alternatively, you can take a break and return back as the ticket is good for the entire day.
Written April 30, 2019
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Nicure
Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg City, Russia348 contributions
One of the best
Mar 2018 • Solo
If you love the art of the Fin de siècle period (end of 19th - beginning of the 20th century) like I do - that is your museum for sure! Great collection of furniture, Ensor paintings, glass and much more
Written February 8, 2019
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Robin B
Dawlish, UK81 contributions
A compelling experience
Nov 2018
This is one of my favourite galleries. I usually visit Brussels about once a year and I often return. The area of the Museums devoted to this museum has a modern, stylish feel. The selection of paintings is superb and they are well-chosen to illustrate particular themes.. They are well lit and there are places where one can sit and linger. The only downside is that there is not a great deal of explanation offered about the individual works.
Written November 7, 2018
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Ian M
London, UK53 contributions
Great lift... but could have been better
Oct 2018 • Couples
Eight floors of art, that deals with one of the most fertile and inventive periods in art history... the photo impressionists, the impressionists themselves, the fauvists, post impressionism... the invention of photography, the craze for painting en plein air, the deco movement in design. All of these things are covered... in a logical and mostly diverting order, but it lacks a certain something that would make it an exciting experience.

There were many stars in the period, Monet, Manet, Van Gogh, Seurat... and most of these are notable by their absence... and when they are there, as with Seurat, the work isn't their best. There isn't the glorious dappled light of Monet, or the fabulous interpretations of Parisian nightlife that Toulouse Lautrec brought to the world, and there are so many works that the moments of genius (and there are plenty) are lost amid the mediocrity.

I loved the Rodin, I loved some of the Deco pieces on the lowest floor and a good few of the paintings, but I was left wearied buy the overload... Thank goodness for the lift that whisked up from the dim subterranean end of the exhibit with its sofas.

There's a unfortunate trend for museums with huge collections to think that they need to show it all, and I think that's the problem here... pick the best, and display it along side a select few pieces that giver context and see visitors inspired rather than overwhelmed.
Written November 5, 2018
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AnnieB62
Leicester, UK29 contributions
Wonderful visit
Aug 2018 • Friends
This is a great building and actually 3 art museums linked together. I’m not an expert but I thoroughly enjoyed the visit and the range of art and also the way it was presented in this great space. Fin de siecle and Magritte museums both excellent although didn’t have time for the old masters ... will do that next visit
Written August 6, 2018
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