Neighbouring museums join forces for Biennial of Painting

Three museums on the banks of the Leie river are hosting the Biennial of Painting from Sunday, with a focus on modern and contemporary art. 

The Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Roger Raveel Museum and Museum of Deinze and the Lys Region (mudel) have joined forces every two years since 2008 to celebrate the region’s artistic heritage. 

With three exhibitions for the Biennial, the museums link their own collections with the work of more than 50 contemporary artists from Belgium and abroad. 

Stories from the Ground at the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens– recently reopened after renovation – “shifts the perspective from the horizon to the ground”, while Scarecrow of the Museum combines artistic interventions by 10 contemporary artists with works by Roger Raveel.

Mudel is dedicating the whole of 2024 to Belgian impressionist Emile Claus, who died 100 years ago. In its exhibition Master Painting, pupils of Claus are juxtaposed with contemporary artists who value tradition and craft.

As well as the exhibition, there are family events and a cycle route between the venues. The Biennial runs until October.


#FlandersNewsService | Bord de la Lys (Banks of the Leie), 1912 oil on canvas by Emile Claus © PHOTO BRIDGEMAN

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