Harmonizing History in Brussels: KBR Museum’s Musical Transformation

The KBR Museum is set to undergo a temporary transformation from January 8, 2024, with plans to reopen later in the year in grand style, featuring an all-new musical experience. This means it’s the perfect time to immerse yourself in the museum’s medieval ambiance one last time before it takes a brief hiatus, bidding adieu to the Dukes of Burgundy and their magnificent collection of manuscripts.

A New Musical Experience at KBR Museum

Home to an astounding 300 exceptional manuscripts from the Library of the Dukes of Burgundy, the KBR Museum offers visitors a captivating journey through the cultural, artistic, and intellectual life of the region from the 14th to the 16th century. Thanks to the support of Toerisme Vlaanderen, the museum is soon to include the history of Franco-Flemish polyphonists.

Musical Legacy

The 14th to 16th centuries were a period when the Netherlands made a profound mark on the musical landscape. Just as the Flemish Primitives left their mark on painting and illuminators did on manuscripts, composers, singers, and musicians built international careers, working with the courts of popes and emperors. Their contributions brought renown to our regions!

A Sensory Journey

In the coming months, visitors will be able to explore the musical life of the era and experience the museum through the sounds of polyphonic music. With a new polyphonic installation within and around the museum, KBR is providing a stage for medieval music masters. This endeavor is in collaboration with the Alamire Foundation, the International Center for the Study of Music in the Netherlands.

A Temporary Closure with a Lasting Impact

To bring this installation to life, the museum will temporarily close at the beginning of 2024.

A Final Opportunity to Marvel at “Rijmbijbel”

As part of the publication of “De Rijmbijbel van Jacob van Maerlant: Het oudste geïllustreerde handschrift in het Nederlands,” this codex takes center stage at the KBR Museum. The new selection of manuscripts, books, and prints focuses on the works of Jacob van Maerlant and biblical books, narratives, and miniatures from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

A Varied Program for a Memorable Closure

This fall, a diverse program awaits visitors, including thematic tours, workshops on creating pigments like medieval painters, storytelling sessions, and a performance by Bart van Loo titled “Les Téméraires” – a show not to be missed!

Make the most of this unique opportunity to delve into history and music at the KBR Museum before its temporary closure.


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