Promises of a Face The Art of the Portrait from Flemish Primitives to Selfie



Promises of a Face: The Art of the Portrait, from Flemish Primitives to Selfie

The exhibition "Promises of a Face" retraces more than six centuries of portraiture, through paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs from the collections of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, as well as invited works.

The exhibition begins at the birth of the individual in the 15th century and goes on to explore its multiple facets. As a show of power or as introspection, as social recognition or as protest: the portrait is a genre which has known many metamorphoses throughout the ages, up until today’s selfie.

Memling, Rubens, Van Dyck, Gauguin, Ensor, Chagall, Delvaux, Bacon, Tuymans, Borremans, Fabre, Vanfleteren,... Throughout this exhibition, the visitor will rediscover masterworks from the RMFAB in a new context. Old masters will enter into dialogue with contemporary creations and the celebrities of yesterday and today will connect in an original way.


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

Online Tickets


Every monday
1 May

Made to measure

 guided tours, creative courses, workshops and themed activities tailored to specific audiences.






Adult €10,00
Senior (+65 years) €8,00
Student (-26 years) €3,00
Child (-18 years) €0,00
Person with a physical or mental disability + leader €3,00
Press €3,00
Belgian school teachers  €0,00
Friends of the RMFAB / ICOM €0,00
Adult (min. 15 persons or more) €8,00
School groups (-26 years) €3,00
1h30, 15 pers. max. + 1 free supervisor
€105 (€115 in WE) (entrance included)
Visite + workshop
1h30, 12 pers. max. + 1 free supervisor

€110 (€120 in WE) (entrance included)

1h30, 15 to 20 pers. max. 
€75 (€95 in WE) + €8 / person
RESERVATION BY EMAIL / +32 (0)2 508 33 33 (Tue, Thu, Fri : 10:00 - 12:00 / 14:30 - 16:00)

Additional €12,5 for foreign languages (EN-IT-ES-EL-RU-JA)