Our Lines

Kunstmétrod’art is a gift from the Friends of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Friends and the Mediation services, and the 20th anniversary of the Digital Museum.

This project was set up with the objective of offering an interactive ‘history of art at your fingertips from the 15th to the 21st century’ based on the artworks, research, and educational files from the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium.

12 Metro lines will take you on a virtual journey through the rich collections of our museums.

Between the Magritte Museum and the temporary exhibition rooms, 4 touch screens will enable you to embark on this virtual Metro!

In the Forum, you will find an interactive table with the same application.

It will give you access to a Web App which will enable you to create your own Metro line and share it with your friends!



Our lines

Antoine Wielemans

Singer of Girls in Hawaii

This is the first museum where I came of my own free will as a teenager. Let’s find out what has become of it!

Michel Draguet

Director General of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

I wanted to invite visitors to follow me on a journey that traces the history of the collections; from the Flemish Primitives with Rogier Van der Weyden to contemporary creations with Thierry De Cordier, whose work is anchored in a tradition where you end by returning to square one… This is what the Metro does!

Colour Red

The colour red acts as a guiding thread throughout our collections, from the end of the Middle Ages to contemporary art.

The “Isms” for dummies

This will explain in a simple way some of the art jargon and terms ending with ‘ism’ in the history of art.

Women at work

Women have played and still play an important role in the history of art, but unfortunately too often anonymously.

Find the little animal !

I didn’t expect to find so many little creatures hidden in the museum!

Bruegel and his time

The Bruegel room of the Museums is like a treasure trove, it preciously holds the second largest collection in the world of his works.

Rubens and his time

The Rubens Room is the central room of the Old Masters Museum. The art that Rubens brought back with him from Italy was truly revolutionary. Rubens had an overwhelming influence on the mythological and religious painting of his day. 

Ensor and les XX

The Groupe des XX forged a real image of Belgian art and played a major part in its recognition at international level. Brussels became a key point on the avant-garde map.

Magritte & Co

In 1924 André Breton published his Surrealist Manifesto, gathering around himself a network of artists, painters and poets, some of them from abroad (like Max Ernst or Salvador Dali). René Magritte moved to Paris between 1927 and 1930, but did not adhere to the ideals of the French nucleus. Struck by his discovery in 1923 of the work of Giorgio de Chirico, Magritte developed his own Surrealism. A first Belgian group was formed in Brussels around the figures of Paul Nougé, Marcel Lecomte, E.L.T. Mesens, Camille Goemans, Louis Scutenaire and Irene Hamoir, joined later by Marcel Mariën and Jane Graverol.

Belgian Art 20th Century (1900-1957)

We take a walk through our collection of early 20th century art with special attention to Belgian art, with certain emphases like Flemish Expressionism, Surrealism and the abstract art of George Vertongerloo.

Belgian Art 20th-21st Centuries (1957-2015)

This line reveals the richness and multi-disciplinarity nature of this part of the collection (1957-) ; the conceptual art of Marcel Broodthaers, the painting of Luc Tuymans, the sculpture of Lili Dujourie or the video art of Agnès Guillaume.

Come and travel on our Metro lines