Acquisitions

Thanks to a donation from his widow, the works of Belgian painter Camille De Taeye is now preserved for future generations. The King Baudouin Foundation has entrusted this selection of his emblematic works to the Arthothèque of Mons. Get an exclusive viewing of them at the BAM from 23 March, in an exhibition on Surrealism.

We are proud to announce our silver tureen, a showpiece from Johannes Cornelius Hendrickx (1782), got a place of honor at DIVA. The decoration, which includes fruits, garlands of flowers and musical instruments, as well as the coating of arms of the De Meester family, must have been a source of wonderment around the table.

On January 12, Sven Gatz, Flemish Minister for Culture, Nabilla Ait Daoud, Deputy Mayor for Culture in Antwerp, and Thomas Leysen, chairman of the King Baudouin Foundation, unveiled the map of Utopia at the Plantin-Moretus Museum. End of January, you will be able to admire Ortelius’16th century map, acquired by the Foundation, at our BRAFA stand.

When a Gregorian antiphonary, of excellent quality and in a fine state of repair, was put up for sale, the King Baudouin Foundation could hardly miss such an opportunity!

The Map of Utopia (1595-96), made by the famous Antwerp cartographer Abraham Ortelius, is the only engraving that exists of the imaginary island described by Thomas More and it is now preserved for future generations. The same is true for a magnificent 17th century illustrated Mons songbook and a 15th century book of Gregorian chant.

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