14-18. Rupture or Continuity?

Focus Exhibition - Digital Experience


14 -18 / Rupture or Continuity

Belgian art is in full swing in the early 20th century. Along with World War I, the occupation, the horror of battlefields and the exile of more than a million Belgians have a significant impact on the country’s artistic production. Nobody is indifferent to the life-altering experiences related to this war; while being a consolidation of style for some, they constitute a revolution for others.


The exhibition 14-18. Rupture or Continuity? delves into the vast collection of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and explores changes and constants of Belgian Art between 1910-1925. Artists and artistic movements with a significant influence, like Constant Permeke’s Expressionism, Jules Schmalzigaug’s Futurism, or even Jozef Peeters’ Pure Plastic,  are shown side by side in this display, immersing the visitor in an era of artistic and political upheaval.

Digital Experience, the brand new multimedia cylinder, provides an interactive context for the works of art on display. The innovating device offers a global vision of Belgian artistic creation in the days of World War I, via historic documents, videos, audio recordings and artwork reproductions.

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The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium would like to thank the partners who made this concept possible: TreeTop, the National Lottery and the Friends of Museums (Become a Friend).
In the concept of the Digital Experience, the virtual exhibitions projected in the exhibition space were realized within the framework of the European project Creative Europe SHAREX.


The exhibition is accompanied by an international colloquium (24 & 25.11.2016) offering an analysis of the Belgian artistic plurality with World War I as background.

Reservations for colloquium required before the 15th of November

Practical informations


Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Rue de la Régence / Regentschapsstraat 3
1000 Brussels
+32 (0)2 508 32 11


Tuesday – Friday: 10:00 - 17:00
Weekends: 11:00 - 18:00

The ticket offices close at 16:30 during the week and at 17:30 during the weekends

Closed: Monday and the following days: 01/11, 11/11, 25/12, 1/01 and the second Thursday of January
On 24/12 and 31/12 the museums close at 14:00




Free admission with a ticket of the Musée Old Masters Museum or combiticket (at the Museums ticketing desk or online).


On presentation of your ticket for 14-18. Rupture or Continuity?, you receive a 2 euro discount on the full price at the exhibitions of our partners (below) and vice versa.

Bozar Brussel: The Power of the Avant-Garde. Now and Then

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