Gao Xingjian The awakening of consciousness

Focus exhibition


The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium welcome six monumental works by Gao Xingjian, especially created for the room they are displayed in. In his 'awakenings of consciousness', the artist invites the wanderer to cross the image and to encounter, beyond the ink, the idea itself in its existential nudity… a space where the museums (re)devote themselves to contemplation.

Nobel prize in Literature winner in 2000, Gao Xingjian, Frenchman of Chinese descent, considers himself a 'go-between' between the Oriental world which forms the basis of his identity and the Occidental world of which he discusses the idea of modernity. His work also constitutes a gateway between painting and writing.

Within this contemplative space, we regularly organise yoga sessions.


Fridays, from 12:15 to 13:15

- January: 12 and 19
- February: 9 and 23
- March: 16 and 23

Practical informations


Rue de la régence 3
1000 Brussels

Mail / +32 (0)2 508 32 11



Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 - 17:00
Weekends: 11:00 - 18:00
24 & 31 December: 11:00 - 14:00

The ticket offices close half an hour before closing time.
Any person entitled to a free ticket (e.g. ICOM/journalist), is to go directly to our ticketing desk.

Online Tickets


1 & 11 November / 25 December 2017
1 & 11 January 2018




Free admission with a ticket for the Musée Old Masters Museum or a Combi-ticket.