Art & Fashion
The Flemish primitives
In the Golden Age, Belgium was well-represented when it came to fine arts. A group of Flemish painters, the Flemish primitives, really made a name for themselves. Works like Van Eyck’s and Hans Memling’s greatest paintings are available for you to see. Walk through our many museums or simply visit Saint Bavo’s Cathedral to witness Van Eyck’s greatness.
The birthplace of Art Nouveau
Did you know that Art Nouveau has its origin in Belgium? Discover the many interpretations of the style in the architecture of Antwerp and Brussels, which you can explore through guided tours or just on your own. The intricate mosaic creations, flowers, insects and glass artworks are without a doubt going to blow you away.
Brussels has been dubbed as the centre of contemporary art, making it the place to be for the hip and cool. It is the home to countless contemporary art hotspots, ranging from galleries to museums and foundations. It’s no wonder many, many celebs travel to Belgium to find their one-of-a-kind art pieces (we see you, Kanye).
Belgium is also responsible for many of the greats in the fashion industry. With a fashion academy in Antwerp that trained designers like Raf Simons and Walter Van Beirendonck, you can’t go wrong. But there’s so much more to discover: from unique designer shops to mind-boggling street fashion, Belgium will not disappoint.