Workshop 'Behind the scenes in modern art': focus on works on paper (EN) Guided tour, hosted by the researchers of the BePAPER and FRIABLE projects

Workshop-Guided tour

Take an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium: take a guided tour of two areas that are usually inaccessible to the public:

- the prints and drawings room

- the conservation workshop for works on paper

This is a unique opportunity to discover the inner workings of the Museum, and a chance to take a closer look at the specific characteristics of contemporary paper collections, with a particular focus on two of the research initiatives currently underway: BePAPER and FRIABLE.

The RMFAB conserve a vast assortment of over 9,000 drawings and works of art on paper.

Currently, two research projects are exploring the collection of modern works on paper by artists such as Marthe Donas, Léon Spilliaert, Felix De Boeck and Henry De Groux. BePAPER focuses on analysing the use of paper by the Belgian avant-garde, while FRIABLE investigates innovative approaches to the conservation and exhibition of drawings on a friable support. These projects illustrate the wide range of modern works on paper and their multitude of techniques, materials and purposes.

The workshop will take place in two parts. First, we will explore together a selection of works of art in the Prints and Drawings Room, where we will focus on the technical specifics of preserving and researching works of art on paper in a museum context. The researchers will present a varied collection of modern drawings, prints and collages, and discuss the different methods used to study works on paper.

The visit will continue with a tour of the paper conservation workshop. Here, the materials will be laid out in such a way as to allow you to get your hands dirty. Not only will you have the opportunity to explore the various artistic possibilities of paper and related media, but you will also be able to try out the different scientific methods used, such as microscopic examination and UV analysis.

A question-and-answer session with participants and researchers will follow.




This guided tour will be hosted twice on October 3rd, 2023:

  • Morning session: 10:30 – 12:30
  • Afternoon session: 14:30 – 16:30

Welcome desk
Rue de la Régence 3
1000 Brussels


Participation is free of charge, but please reserve your spot via our website.

During the session, we make time to:

  • Visit the prints and drawings room of the museum (ca. 45 minutes)
  • Visit the conservation studio (ca. 45 minutes)
  • Do a Q&A