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Museum and flemish art, diving into history

Museum and flemish art, diving into history

Once upon a time, there was Flemish art. To dive into the history and art, let me take you to Bailleul, Hazebrouck and Cassel. Why? Because these three museums have the “Musée de France” label. Let’s go!

A flemish history

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.

A history 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.

A history of architecture

My visits to the museums took me to all four corners of Flanders and also allowed me to admire some wonderful buildings. In Cassel, the Musée de Flandre is located in the Hôtel de la Noble Cour, which is characteristic with its 16th century Renaissance façade. In Hazebrouck, the museum is located in the former Augustinian convent, with its Flemish gables and long corridors. Finally, in Bailleul, Benoit de Puydt’s furniture made it feel like I was visiting the home of this important Flemish figure.

Between their walls, or on their façades, the museums proudly fly the colours of Flemish art. Come and visit their halls, and wander through the exhibitions, whether temporary or permanent. Enjoy your visit!