The World of Bruegel in Black and White

Bruegel is not who you think he is…

15 October 2019 – 16 February 2020

Bruegel is a world-renowned painter, but in the 16th century it wasn’t his paintings he was known for – it was his graphic work which brought him widespread fame. This 2019 exhibition offers you the opportunity to get up close and personal with Bruegel’s famous prints. As a pioneer in the rediscovery of Bruegel’s lesser-known masterpieces, KBR will exhibit its complete collection of prints during this special Bruegel year, at ‘The World of Bruegel in Black and White’.

Around the middle of the 16th century Flanders emerged as the international center of the production of, and trade in, prints. Bruegel and his publisher, Hieronymus Cock, both played a key role during this time. The craftsmanship and enterprising skills 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. Discover this journey, from drawing to print, in the exhibition ‘The World of Bruegel in Black and White’.

Admire some of his original preparatory drawings, Italian landscapes, 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 exhibition is set in the Palace of Charles of Lorraine, a unique 18th century hidden treasure in the heart of Brussels. Don’t miss the opportunity to discover what are perhaps the lesser-known works of this great Flemish master!



Practical information


Dates and opening hours

15 October 2019 – 16 February 2020

Open daily from 11 AM – 7 PM *



KBR – Mont des Arts, 1000 Brussels

  • Both the building and the exhibition are accessible for visitors with disabilities.
  • Holders of a disabled parking permit can find parking spaces in front of the building, at Boulevard de l’Empereur 4.


Tickets and prices

  • Adults – € 12
  • Discounted admission – € 9 (groups of 10 or more people, 65+, Davidsfonds and vtbKultuur)
  • Free admission for visitors with disabilities, children under 18 years, school groups, Belgian school teachers and ICOM members.
  • Free audio guide (EN-NL-FR-DE-ES)
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* Closed on 1 November, 25 December en 1 January. The exhibition closes at 5 PM on 24 and 31 December.

Offer for groups


Guided Tour

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.

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Meet the Master

Let our expert guide immerse you into the World of Bruegel in Black and White. 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!

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Once the doors close to the public, the World of Bruegel in Black and White will open for you. In the meanwhile you can enjoy a drink and some treats in a unique setting.

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Bookings can be cancelled or changed (by email: without charges at least 21 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

Joachim Spyns – – +32 (0)2 519 55 97



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