Acquisitions

So, what could Utopia be like, this imaginary island where everything is guided by reason? The only original engraving that remains of the island described by Thomas More has been able to be acquired by the King Baudouin Foundation. It is now available for everyone to see at the Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp.

After more than 40 years in private ownership, 'Matthew the Apostle' is now accessible to the general public at the Rubens House. The King Baudouin Foundation acquired this early Van Dyck masterpiece as the result of a bequest. It is the only composition from the renowned Böhler series on view in a Belgian public collection.

A masterpiece of Modernist sculpture in Belgium, some rare 18th century drawings of jewellery and a splendid series of drawings by Richard van Orley, are just a few examples of recently acquired pieces that have now been safeguarded for the benefit of us all.

The Marie Jeanne Dauchy Fund, recently set up within the King Baudouin Foundation, has just acquired an 18th century album of 86 drawings by the Brussels artist Richard van Orley, Les Avantures de Télémaque, a major work from the former Southern Netherlands.

The tapestry representing the "Triumph of Cleopatra", one of the crowning achievements of 17th century Brussels workshops, will join the Art & History Museum’s collections in Brussels at the end of July, 2018. An acquisition by the Raphaël et Françoise Haeven Fund.

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