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Arentshuis

In this elegant 17th-century town house with its picturesque garden, the work of the versatile British artist Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956) is on display on the top floor. Brangwyn was both a graphic artist and a painter, as well as a designer of carpets, furniture and ceramics. The ground floor is the setting for temporary plastic art exhibitions.

The ground floor of the beautiful 18th century Arentshuis is entirely given over to temporary art exhibitions that are connected to the Groeninge collection, such as the fine collection of prints and drawings from the Steinmetzkabinet. The top floor is devoted to the work of the versatile Bruges-born British artist, Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956). He painted lively, realistic scenes in which he depicted the industrial life of the docks and factories and the hard labour of the workers. He also recorded his many travel experiences on canvas in colourful watercolours and engravings, and designed furniture and carpets.

History

This neoclassical building from the last quarter of the 18th century owes its name to its last private owner, Aquilin Arents de Beerteghem. The porch, with its four palm-leaf capital columns, and various Egyptian Empire-style elements that were added later bear witness to the egyptomania that was so popular at the time also reached Bruges. They probably date from Napoleon Bonaparte’s visit to Bruges in 1810.

Collection

The collection is the result of two donations. Englishman John Steinmetz (1795-1883) left the museum his collection of over 17,000 prints and drawings when he died. When the City obtained Arentshuis in 1909, these formed the basis for a print gallery. In 1936, English artist Frank Brangwyn also donated a large portion of his oeuvre to the city of his birth.

Museum

The top floor shows Frank Brangwyn’s phenomenal artistic versatility. His work belonged to many different schools: social realism, Vienna Secession, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and modernism. He painted with oils, tempera, and watercolours, was a prominent graphic artist, and, influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement, also designed furniture, stained-glass windows, and even jewellery. Downstairs, the Groeningemuseum organises temporary exhibitions.

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Time information

from 01-01-2017 to 31-12-2017
Monday closed
Tuesday 09:30 - 17:00 h
Wednesday 09:30 - 17:00 h
Thursday 09:30 - 17:00 h
Friday 09:30 - 17:00 h
Saturday 09:30 - 17:00 h
Sunday 09:30 - 17:00 h
additional opening dates
  • 17 April 2017 ( 09:30 - 17:00 h )
  • 25 May 2017 ( 09:30 - 12:30 h )
  • 5 June 2017 ( 09:30 - 17:00 h )
  • 2 April 2018 ( 09:30 - 17:00 h )
  • 10 May 2018 ( 09:30 - 13:00 h )
  • 21 May 2018 ( 09:30 - 17:00 h )
additional closing dates
  • 1 January 2017
  • 25 December 2017
  • 1 January 2018
  • 25 December 2018
Last admission: 4.30 p.m.

Groups

from 01-01-2017 to 31-12-2017
Monday closed
Tuesday 09:30 - 17:00 h
Wednesday 09:30 - 17:00 h
Thursday 09:30 - 17:00 h
Friday 09:30 - 17:00 h
Saturday 09:30 - 17:00 h
Sunday 09:30 - 17:00 h
additional opening dates
  • 17 April 2017 ( 09:30 - 17:00 h )
  • 25 May 2017 ( 09:30 - 12:30 h )
  • 5 June 2017 ( 09:30 - 17:00 h )
  • 2 April 2018 ( 09:30 - 17:00 h )
  • 10 May 2018 ( 09:30 - 13:00 h )
  • 21 May 2018 ( 09:30 - 17:00 h )
additional closing dates
  • 1 January 2017
  • 25 December 2017
  • 1 January 2018
  • 25 December 2018
Last admission: 4.30 p.m.

Schools

from 01-01-2017 to 31-12-2017
Monday closed
Tuesday 09:30 - 17:00 h
Wednesday 09:30 - 17:00 h
Thursday 09:30 - 17:00 h
Friday 09:30 - 17:00 h
Saturday 09:30 - 17:00 h
Sunday 09:30 - 17:00 h
additional opening dates
  • 17 April 2017 ( 09:30 - 17:00 h )
  • 25 May 2017 ( 09:30 - 12:30 h )
  • 5 June 2017 ( 09:30 - 17:00 h )
  • 2 April 2018 ( 09:30 - 17:00 h )
  • 10 May 2018 ( 09:30 - 13:00 h )
  • 21 May 2018 ( 09:30 - 17:00 h )
additional closing dates
  • 1 January 2017
  • 25 December 2017
  • 1 January 2018
  • 25 December 2018
Last admission: 4.30 p.m.

Price information

Individuelen

Adults € 4,00

Locatie

Dijver 16 , Brugge
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Location

Accessibility
  • Establishment partly accessible Establishment partly accessible
Facilities
  • Free toilets Free toilets

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