Their collections are intimately linked to the history of each museum. For example, the Musée des Augustins in Hazebrouck was initially the curiosity cabinet located in the secondary school, rue de la Sous-Préfecture. It was through the impetus of Abbé Lemire that the museum was then installed in the current building. In Bailleul, the works were donated by the collector, Benoit de Puydt, a prominent local, who had collected numerous objects that were fashionable in bourgeois society in the 19th century: furniture, ceramics, and even paintings. While wandering through the exhibition halls, the variety and wealth of the collections were compelling!
At the Musée de Flandre, in Cassel, a combination of art and amusement: games for young children, shows, workshops and even an escape game! The entertainment programme is vast and like me, you’ll always find a new way of discovering Flemish works of art.
Flemish art is, of course, detailed paintings, the use of oil-based paints, scenes from day-to-day lives, picturesque characters. Names such as Rubens and Bosch. But, there is also contemporary art, as you can see at the Musée de Flandre with the works of Eric de Ville or even Wim Delvoye. Regardless of the passing time, Flemish artists remain inventive, creative and audacious! I enjoyed spending this suspended moment in time observing the details and antics of the works exhibited before me.