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Jan Fabre in AMUZ

As part of Antwerp Baroque 2018, Rubens inspires, Jan Fabre will be creating three new works of art that will be incorporated into the former St. Augustine’s Church that now houses AMUZ. Fabre was invited to fulfil this prestigious commission as the quintessential Antwerp artist, a man who is world famous and has considerable experience of similar art integration projects, such as the permanent ceiling sculpture Heaven of Delight (2002) in the Hall of Mirrors at the Royal Palace in Brussels. When creating a new work, Jan Fabre regularly enters into dialogue with the vocabulary of the Flemish Masters in the northern Renaissance and Baroque. Without any doubt, Jan Fabre is an all-round Antwerp artist who, like his Baroque predecessors, works in various artistic disciplines. His artistic idiom invokes exuberance and ecstasy, themes that also characterise the Baroque. 

The new artworks will stand in the place of the altarpieces that Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck and Jacob Jordaens painted for St. Augustine’s Church in 1628. The original paintings are now part of the collection at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA). The 20th century copies that are currently hanging in St. Augustine’s Church were painted by Leon Van Ryssegem, and will be given a new role.

PRACTICAL
Jan Fabre’s works can be viewed:

  • from 3 July until 9 August 2018: Monday between 14.00 and 20.00 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesdag, Thursday & Friday between 14.00 and 17.00 p.m.
  • only on Mondays from 3 September until 10 December 2018, between 14.00 and 20.00 p.m.

Keep an eye on our website for more opening times. 

SPECIAL OPENING TIMES
Museum night, 4 August 2018
Culture Marktet, 26 August 2018
Open Monuments Day, 9 September 2018

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GUIDED TOURS

ST. AUGUSTINE’S CHURCH: A GEM OF EARLY BAROQUE ARCHITECTURE, AND JAN FABRE
A unique glimpse behind the scenes at the former church and present-day concert hall. The former St. Augustine’s Church is a gem of early Baroque architecture. The fascinating story of the renovated church, the creation of the new infrastructure and Jan Fabre’ artworks form the basis of this guided tour that AMUZ organises on request. These guided tours also offer you a look behind the scenes at AMUZ as a concert hall and organisation

Practical
Only available in Dutch (more information)

Baroque Shock: a Limited Edition (Guided Tour Visit Antwerpen)

An exclusive introduction to timeless creativity and ostentation Baroque Shock brings together the two most beautiful Baroque churches in Antwerp. However this new city walk is far more than an encounter with the wonderful religious art of the 17th century. An enthusiastic city guide will show you the highlights of the Baroque in Antwerp and the traces it has left behind in the streets, as well as the hearts and minds of the city’s residents. After all, the city on the Scheldt remained under the spell of the Baroque for centuries. This can be seen in the countless magnificent facades in luxurious rococo, glamorous neo-Baroque and impressive Beaux-Arts style. The Baroque even fascinates and inspires contemporary artists in 2018, so we will be looking at their new creations as well!

The highlight of this temporary thematic walk will be an exclusive visit to the former St.-Augustine’s Church, now the international music centre AMUZ. The famous Antwerp all-round artist Jan Fabre has designed three new works for the magnificent interior of the Baroque church especially for ‘Antwerp Baroque 2018’. ‘Baroque Shock’ is a stunning introduction to almost unrivalled glamour, making it a unique experience that explains Antwerp’s ongoing admiration and love of the Baroque. Unmissable!

Practical

  • Duration: +/- 2 h
  • From 3 July until 16 December 2018.
  • Only for groups of maximum 20 people, available in Dutch, French, English or German.
  • € 75 per guide.
  • Reservations and practical info at www.antwerpbaroque2018.be