The World of Bruegel in Black and White

This exhibition ran from 15 October 2019 until 16 February 2020.

It won the award for Most Noted Exhibition.


Bruegel is not who you think he is…

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’.




Real craftsmanship

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’.


Extraordinary details

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

Exhibition poster The World of Bruegel in Black and White

Dates and opening hours


  • Until 16 February 2020
  • Open daily: 11 AM – 7 PM

Closed on 1 November, 25 December en 1 January. The exhibition closes at 5 PM on 24 and 31 December.



KBR – Mont des Arts 28, 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)



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.



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 explore the exhibition at your own pace.



VIP package

Once the doors close to the public, the World of Bruegel in Black and White will open for you. The VIP package is ideal for corporate events with a cultural touch: enjoy a unique setting while you discover Bruegel’s hidden side.


Bookings can be cancelled or changed (by email: rqhp@xoe.or) without charges at least 21 days in advance. Failure to do so will incur a charge.





De Standaard

The Brussels Times

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