08.02.18 Ticket sales for the “Antwerp Baroque 2018” walks and tours are now open
Thursday, February 8, 2018 —
In 2018, Antwerp is paying tribute to its most famous inhabitant, Peter Paul Rubens, with a cultural city festival, titled “Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires”. Several new walks and tours are being launched in the margin of the festival, offering visitors an excellent opportunity to experience the Baroque and Antwerp first-hand. Bookings for guides are accepted as of today.
Guided visits of exhibitions
Seven museums are offering guided tours during the Baroque festival. You can discover the exhibitions in the Rubens House, the MAS, the Middelheim Museum, Museum Plantin-Moretus, FOMU, the Snijders&Rockox House and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp in the expert company of a guide.
A city walk that makes participants realise that Baroque is still very much alive and kicking in Antwerp. A guide takes the group on a tour of some of Antwerp’s imposing façades, stunning gates and lavishly decorated sculptures, sharing historical facts and fun anecdotes about Antwerp, a quintessentially Baroque city.
In partnership with Visit Antwerp.
‘Baroque Shock: a Limited Edition’ walk
This city walk combines a visit to two of Antwerp’s most magnificent Baroque churches. The tour of St. Charles Borromeo Church offers a unique introduction to this timeless, creative and ostentatious style. The second part of the walk, and the cherry on the cake, consists of an exclusive tour of the former St. Augustine’s Church, where you can see Jan Fabre’s most recent Baroque creation. Limited availability.
In partnership with Visit Antwerp.
‘B’rok d’Anvers’: storytelling and theatre combined in one walk
Meet the Great Baroque Brotherhood and learn more about their revolutionary plans to transform Antwerp into the most baroque city of the world again. Follow the Baroquians. Who are they, what is that they do exactly? Find out more about the do’s and don’t’s of this unique style. A compelling walk, which combines storytelling with theatre, and which constantly tests the boundaries between fantasy and reality.
In collaboration with De Kleine Expeditie.
‘In Rubens’s footsteps’ walk
A visit to the monumental churches of Antwerp is like reading a biography of Rubens. This guided walk takes visitors on a tour of Antwerp’s religious heritage, while also highlighting a specific phase in Rubens’ life. You can choose from two routes: “Rubens’s rise” and “Rubens’s prosperity”. During both tours, visitors come eye to eye with the painter’s magnificent masterpieces.
In collaboration with the tourist office of Pastoral Antwerp.
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Further information 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. Further information at www.antwerpenbarok2018.be.