Museum Night Fever Imaginary letter, guided tours, performances
Late night opening
Welcome to the extraordinary world of the painter, sculptor and author Antoine WIERTZ (1806-1865), one of the most controversial Belgian Romantic artists. In 1850, this true visionary had an impressive Atelier built at the expense of the Belgian State. The building became a Museum after the artist’s death in 1865 and was added to the Royal Museums of Fine Arts in 1868. The place houses Wiertz’ monumental paintings, some of which are up to 12 meters long, inspired by the great masters of the past - Rubens, Michelangelo and Rafael - but also countless smaller sketches.
WIERTZ is well known for his depiction of dramatic subjects, as can be seen in Hunger, Madness and Crime, a painting that deeply impressed American artist R.H. Quaytman when she accidentally discovered his studio/museum during her visit to Brussels back in 2019, while looking for local inspiration for her current exhibition at WIELS.
This extraordinary parallel WIERTZ-WIELS will be spread around by means of a flyer / imaginary letter written by R.H. Quaytman to Antoine Wiertz.
Four young guides (FR, NL, ENG, DE) will put their talents to use to summon Wiertz's rebellious personality and paradoxical oeuvre.
Eight 16-year-old dancers from the Modern Dance course of the Brussels Circus School, led by Lydia Mboko, will deliver together, solo or in duo, an embodiment the works of Wiertz and open another dimension within this intimate, yet majestic space. Music, song, movement, masked or uncovered faces: creative and revolutionary energy will be there!
MUSEUM NIGHT FEVER
At last! Museum Night Fever is back with a bang! 23rd October promises to be an evening of new beginnings like never before. What we've all missed so much over the last year is a bit of excitement in our lives. Time to spice things up! From 7PM - 1AM a thousant emerging talents will be breathing new life into 29 museums, giving you that kick-start you've been craving. New-look exhibitions, performances, installations, live music, djs, dance, film, off-the-wall animations, guided tours and inspiring meet-and-greets. We're gearing up for a night full of sparks and surprises!
19:00 - 00:00
Musée Wiertz Museum
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
Rue Vautier / Vautierstraat 62
Day itself: €17