Musee Fin-De-Siecle
Musee Fin-De-Siecle
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  • Yaron E
    Hadera, Israel245 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great collection, not so great setup
    Nice collection of contemporary paintings. Shows well the periods of the 19th and early 20th century. The lighting of the images with spot lights, especially the darked (both in colors and in content) paintings makes it hard to see properly
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 22, 2023
  • VirginiaGal
    Arlington, Virginia270 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Eye of the Storm Ukrainian exhibit is worthwhile.
    Went to the Magritte, the Fin de Siecle, and the Ukrainian Eye of the Storm exhibits. The Magritte exhibit is well curated. The Fin de Siecle is in underground space and noticeably not lit enough. I’ve never been in a darker museum space, and I thought it was odd. The Ukrainian exhibit is worthwhile; it has interesting historical information and includes some art from the famous Boychuk. Museum has a large gift shop with a wide variety of postcards, books and gift items.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 7, 2023
  • margatemensch2016
    Coconut Creek, Florida800 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Priceless Experience
    During my recent stay in Brussels,I was fortunate enough to spend quality time at the Fin de Siecle Art Museum,adjacent to the Old Master's Art Museum. I studied fine oil paintings from the late 19th Century to the early 20th Century by stellar Belgian and French Painters. Personal favorites wer Eugene Laermans'"Red Flag",Emile Claus'"Waterloo Bridge"(quality Impressionism),James Ensor's"Scandalized Masks",Theo Van Rhysellberghe's"Promenade"(the epitome of quality Pointillism),Constantin Meunier's"Stevedore",Gustave Van De Woestyne's"Sunday Afternoon",Leon Frederics'"The Stream",Alfred Sisley's"Road to Louveciennes",Gustave Courbet's"Spanish Dancer",Paul Gauguin's"Green Christ",Charles Daubigny's"Banks of River Oise"(quintessential Barbizon School),and Ferdinand Khnopff's"Caresses".I also saw fine sculptural works by Constantin Meunier and George Minne.For non-French Speakers,there is plenty of information in English,so you can understand the works of Art better. The 8 Euro price of admission to this marvelous art museum is a genuine 21st Century bargain.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 16, 2023
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VirginiaGal
Arlington, VA270 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Went to the Magritte, the Fin de Siecle, and the Ukrainian Eye of the Storm exhibits. The Magritte exhibit is well curated. The Fin de Siecle is in underground space and noticeably not lit enough. I’ve never been in a darker museum space, and I thought it was odd. The Ukrainian exhibit is worthwhile; it has interesting historical information and includes some art from the famous Boychuk.
Museum has a large gift shop with a wide variety of postcards, books and gift items.
Written December 7, 2023
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Yaron E
Hadera, Israel245 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Nice collection of contemporary paintings. Shows well the periods of the 19th and early 20th century.
The lighting of the images with spot lights, especially the darked (both in colors and in content) paintings makes it hard to see properly
Written October 22, 2023
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jonnymonny
London, UK105 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Couples
This must be one of the worst designed museums I have ever visited. The lighting is extremely gloomy to the extent that many labels, when they exist, are completely illegible. The spots reflect off the glass making some paintings impossible to see. There is a "circuit", which is supposed to guide you through the collection, but it is very confusing. Also, after the entrance there are no toilets. Not worth a visit.
Written December 27, 2013
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MadisonJSP
Madison, WI183 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Alex David
London, UK220 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Dmitri K
San Antonio, TX855 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Russia321 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Ian M
London, UK59 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,231 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Couples
Musee Fin-De-Siecle (End of the Century Museum) is a member of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium which showcases international art forms popular around Europe at the turn of the 20th century.

Museum opening hours 10am to 5pm (Tues-Fri), 11am to 8pm (Sat-Sun) and closed on Mondays. Entrance fee is €8 per person. Alternatively, you can purchase a museum combo for €13 which provides entrance into the Old Masters and Magritte Museums as well.

There are nice Impressionist artworks to see at Musee Fin-De-Siecle but what we enjoyed seeing most were Art Nouveau period furniture and fashioned items, many of which were outstanding works by the likes of Mucha, Horta and others.

Overall, Musee Fin-De-Siecle is a very good museum if you have specific interest in the Art Nouveau. Otherwise you may want to take a pass. However, if you intend to purchase the Musees Royaux Des Beaux-Arts combo ticket, then give yourself 30-45 minutes to browse through this museum. You may find some things that interest you here.

Note: The combo ticket is only good for a single day so make sure you reserve enough time to adequately visit the Old Masters and Magritte Museums as well.
Written January 11, 2018
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Esthersnippe
Brussels, Belgium300 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Solo
If you are a fan of Art Deco and Art Noveau, this is a very good museum to visit. Right after you visit the Horta Museum and do an architecture tour of Brussels, come here.

From paintings, to sculpture, to furniture, you get a real vision and idea of the style that would have decorated the modern homes at the turn of the last century.

I will note that it is a fairly poorly laid out museums (I felt a bit like a rat in maze) but the art and pieces themselve were very interesting, beautiful and bizarre.

This museum is more for adults, children would probably get bored pretty quickly here. This being said, I went to the Magritte museum the same day, which was uncomfortably packed, and I felt this museum was more interesting and less busy, so if crowds are not your thing (and Art Noveau is) come to this museum.

This museum goes 8 floors underground, so don't expect phone service all the way through the museum.

Lastly, if you have a chance, take the elevator. It was unique.
Written January 7, 2018
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