Following the 2016 exhibition devoted to lithography and the works created in the Paris studio of Ferdinand Mourlot, the Paul Delvaux Museum is inaugurating its 2017 season with a second exhibition devoted to Delvaux's printed works. Under the title « Invitation to a Story », the Foundation will exhibit, from 1 April until 30 July 2017, the works of Delvaux inspired by the worlds of Paul Éluard, Claude Spaak, Jacques Meuris, Franz Hellens and Alain Robbe-Grillet. These prints, originally conceived to appear in rare and upmarket editions, will allow visitors to appreciate the friendly collusion between Delvaux and the writers whose stories, poems, and novels he illustrated.
From 1 August 2017 to 7 January 2018, a third exhibition will bring to a close the cycle devoted to Delvaux’s printed works. Under the title « Manière de crayon » it will gather together the drawings Delvaux created at the end of his life, a time during which he set himself to master a new technique – verni-mou or soft ground etching. Encouraged by his nephew, Charles Van Deun, Delvaux discovered, through this printing technique also known as manière de crayon (« pencil style »), the same singular happiness that he had always found in the discipline of drawing. These delicate works gave the artist a further opportunity to celebrate the feminine form.
A triple catalog will be published to coincide with this final exhibition, incorporating texts by art historians Julie Van Deun (Delvaux's grand niece) and Camille Brasseur, and the author Jean Jauniaux. This work will initiate the publication of a series of books dedicated to the artist, whose hundred and twentieth anniversary will be celebrated in September 2017.
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The PAUL DELVAUX MUSEUM in St. Idesbald presents the largest collection of the artist's work in the world in a space of over 1 000 m2. It gives you the chance to discover all aspects of this internationally renowned artist's work, comprising paintings, watercolours, drawings and sketchbooks. You will be plunged into the heart of a universe full of poetry, where you will find the women and skeletons, the neoclassical architecture and trains that contribute to the waking dream of this globally appreciated artist.
As well as the permanent collection, the presentation of which is frequently updated, the museum also hosts original temporary exhibitions every year, offering new perspectives on Delvaux's complex and varied art.
The museum is open from 10.30 to 17.30.
From 1 April 2017 to 30 September 2017:
From Wednesday to Sunday
From 1 October 2017 to 7 January 2018:
From Thursday to Sunday
Open on all public holidays.
Closed on 25 December and 1 January.
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The PAUL DELVAUX FOUNDATION, established in 1979, protects Delvaux's interests in accordance with the wishes expressed by the artist himself, who bequeathed his Collection of works, his Archives and his Copyright affairs to the Foundation. Its mission is to engage in promoting awareness of his work. To this end, it leads a program of research activities, and initiates or participates in projects for all audiences both in Belgium and abroad.
Under its aegis, the Paul Delvaux Museum in St. Idesbald was founded in 1982, followed by the Friends of the Paul Delvaux Museum non-profi t organization, the Authentication Committee composed of Delvaux experts who meet twice a year to issue advice and certificates of authentication, and Fondation Paul Delvaux Editions, which publishes reference works devoted to the painter, his life and his art.
The Foundation's offices are open Monday to Friday by appointment only.
To contact the Foundation team, please write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to the following address:
Foundation Paul Delvaux, Paul Delvauxlaan, 42 - 8670 St. Idesbald - Koksijde - Belgium
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Since its creation in 1982, many of you have demonstrated your attachment to the Paul Delvaux Museum in Saint-Idesbald. Your encouragement has continued to motivate the Foundation in its mission to protect and promote the painter’s work.
Each year, the Museum refreshes the displays in the rooms housing the permanent collection, which is the largest in the world devoted to the artist. Efforts are made to enrich the collection regularly with new acquisitions. Simultaneously, temporary exhibitions are organized every season, often on specific themes, to highlight the multidimensional aspects of Paul Delvaux’s work.
There are many projects in the pipeline, and you now have the opportunity to get involved directly by becoming a member of the non-profit organization Friends of the Paul Delvaux Museum.
By becoming a Friend, you contribute to the international promotion of one of the major figures of modern Belgian art. You facilitate the enrichment of the museum’s collections. You support students of art and the history of art in their research. You do much more than just becoming a member of a non-profit organization. You give part of your life to art by actively participating in events connected to Paul Delvaux and his work.
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Paul Delvaux’s Best Wishes
04/04/2015 – 03/01/2016
We're in festive spirits at the Musée Paul Delvaux de Saint-Idesbald! The exhibition for the 2015 season will be devoted to the unusual works that are Paul Delvaux's greetings cards.
It's a common practice among artists. Like Hergé and Picasso, Delvaux took great pleasure in illustrating his greetings cards. Intimate creations destined for the artist's loved ones, the painter's best wishes were expressed in his drawings above all. These touching works, unknown to the general public, are images that transport us into the magic of Christmas, filled with childhood memories. Charm and enchantment await you at this beautiful exhibition, running until 3 January 2016.
The exhibition will be accompanied by the publication of a work which will inaugurate the establishment of Foundation PAUL DELVAUX Editions. In fact, one of the new objectives of the Foundation Paul Delvaux is to publish and to promote quality publications devoted to the artist. This publishing policy corresponds to the work begun on the Delvaux archives, and will contribute to a better understanding of the works of this internationally renowned artist.