The World of Bruegel in Black and White


15 October 2019 – 16 February 2020

The Royal Library of Belgium holds a complete and unparalleled collection of Bruegel’s work ‘on paper’ and will take it out of storage for a very special exhibition during the Bruegel year. Don’t miss this, because after four months these rare and incredibly fragile documents will be returned to the safety of the darkness for a very long time.

Around the middle of the 16th century, Flanders emerged as the international center for the production of, and trade in, prints. Bruegel and his publisher, Hieronymus Cock, both played a key role during this period. The master craftsmanship and enterprising spirits of these two men are the focus of the exhibition.

Many of the works are held in various editions or ‘states. However, before a first edition ever came on the market and could be distributed across the world, a print had already undergone a long process. You discover this story, from drawing to print, in the exhibition.

Admire his Italian landscapes, some of his preparatory drawings, the seven deadly sins, virtues and his other marvelous prints. Dive into Bruegel’s imaginary world and be surprised by the extraordinary figures and details.

This extraordinary exhibition is set in the Palace of Charles of Lorraine, a unique 18th century hidden treasure in the heart of Brussels. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover what are perhaps the lesser-known talents of this great Flemish master!


Practical information

Dates and opening hours

15 October 2019 – 16 February 2020

Open daily from 11 AM – 7 PM


Tickets and prices

  • Adults - € 12
  • Discounted admission - € 9
  • Free admission for ICOM-members, children 18 years and under, school groups
  • Free audio guide (NL-FR-EN-DE-ES)



Guided Tours

Take a tour with a guide and go on an in-depth journey to discover the World of Bruegel in Black and White before our doors open to the public at 11.00. This is the perfect way to get up close and personal with Bruegel’s work.

Guided tours of the exhibition are available daily between 9.00 and 11.00. This tour needs to be booked at least 2 weeks in advance.

Duration: 1.5 hour

Price: € 90 (guide) + admission (€9 pp)

Max. 15 pers.

Available in Dutch, French, English, German and Spanish


Meet the Master

Let our expert guide immerse you into the World of Bruegel in Black and White while you enjoy a drink and some treats. With this extensive information about the collection, you can afterwards wander freely at your own pace to explore the exhibition. Roam as long as you like!

The Meet the Master tours are available daily between 11.00 and 19.00. This package needs to be booked at least 2 weeks in advance.

Duration: 1 hour (conference), followed by the visit of the exhibition

Price: € 90 (conference + coffee/tea/sweets) + admission (€ 9 per person)

Max. 30 pers.

Available in Dutch, French, English, German and Spanish.



Once the doors close to the public, the World of Bruegel in Black and White will open for you. Your expert guide will take you on an intimate in-depth journey and will give you an exclusive look into Bruegel’s life and work. In the meanwhile you can enjoy a special evening menu in a unique setting.  

Duration: 2.5 hour

Price: on request

Max. 15 pers.

Available in Dutch, French, English, German and Spanish.


Bookings can be cancelled or changed (by email: without charges at least 14 days in advance. Failure to do so will incur a charge.



Guided tours & group visits

Wouter Stevens - - +32 (0)2 519 53 72


Press & Communication

Jolien Pardon - - +32 (0)2 519 55 96



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