Preview: A satisfied review of Antwerp Baroque 2018

A satisfied review of Antwerp Baroque 2018

Yesterday, the “Cokeryen” exhibition closed its doors, bringing an end to the nearly eight-month cultural city festival “Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires”. From June, the city of Antwerp celebrated its most famous resident, Peter Paul Rubens, with 9 exhibitions, 30 concert series, theatre productions, musical theatre productions, literature productions and dance productions, 2 lecture series, 3 new city walks, and 10 visual art projects outside the museum walls. Altogether, the projects welcomed more than 1,033,986 visitors. And 55% of these visitors came from abroad. Anyone who missed the Baroque Festival can also go to Antwerp for an authentic Rubens experience in the coming months and years. The Baroque Festival has therefore left a lasting mark on the city.

With “Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires”, the city of Antwerp put the spotlight on Peter Paul Rubens and his baroque cultural legacy. Together with the Antwerp museums and the cultural sector, the cultural/tourist festival looked for new perspectives and broadening interpretations of Rubens and the Antwerp Baroque. The enthusiasm of local hotels and restaurants, local specialty producers, as well as the other partners, ensured the baroque joie de vivre of Antwerp was there for all to see.

“The ‘Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires’ city festival was an excellent example of how we can bring culture closer to our residents and visitors. The various activities that brought baroque back to life ensured this city festival was not only accessible to art lovers, but to everyone. And that's the real goal of cultural experience”, explains Nabilla Ait Daoud, municipal executive for culture.

Visitor numbers

Altogether the projects welcomed more than 1.033 million visitors. If we count the visitors of the Baroque Burez exhibition in the Walking Boulevard, which could be found in the Museum aan de Stroom (MAS), the number increases to 1,444,098.

Plantin-Moretus Museum, the Snijders&Rockox House, and the Rubens House announce a Baroque autumn

Plantin-Moretus Museum, the Snijders&Rockox House, and the Rubens House announce a Baroque autumn

Snijders&Rockox House - Cokeryen – Photo Film Food

Snijders&Rockox House - Cokeryen – Photo Film Food

Rubens House shows Massacre of the Innocents and Head of the Apostle Matthew, two masterpieces by the young Rubens and Van Dyck, as part of Antwerp Baroque 2018

Rubens House shows Massacre of the Innocents and Head of the Apostle Matthew, two masterpieces by the young Rubens and Van Dyck, as part of Antwerp Baroque 2018

Museum Plantin-Moretus - Baroque Book Design

Museum Plantin-Moretus - Baroque Book Design

MAS - Michaelina

MAS - Michaelina

Jan Fabre in Saint Augustine church

Jan Fabre in Saint Augustine church

Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires

Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires

Exhibitions programme

Exhibitions programme

Baroque in the City

Baroque in the City

The Rubens House - Rubens' Return

The Rubens House - Rubens' Return

M HKA - Sanguine | Bloedrood

M HKA - Sanguine | Bloedrood

Middelheimmuseum - Experience Traps

Middelheimmuseum - Experience Traps

Contact us
Nadia De Vree Perscoördinator Musea en Erfgoed Stad Antwerpen, Stad Antwerpen
About Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires

The cultural city festival “Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires” pays tribute to Peter Paul Rubens and his baroque, cultural legacy. Rubens was one of the most influential artists ever and is still widely regarded as Antwerp’s most famous inhabitant. He is the personification of the Baroque and continues to be an important source of inspiration, for contemporary artists and for the atypical lifestyle of the city of Antwerp and its population. “Antwerp Baroque 2018” tells the story of the Baroque, then and now, establishing a dialogue between the historic Baroque and contemporary artist, using the city and the world as a backdrop. “Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires” is a key event in the Flemish Masters programme, which is organised by VISITFLANDERS. Combining artistic individuality with genuine hospitality, the festival promises to be uniquely extraverted. From June 2018 until January 2019 in Antwerp.