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  Arentshuis,Museum Brugge,Belgium.
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  • Arentshuis,Museum Brugge,Belgium. - Brugge
      Arentshuis,Museum Brugge,Belgium.
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  • Frank Brangwyn, Arentshuis,Museum Brugge,Belgium. - Brugge
      Frank Brangwyn, Arentshuis,Museum Brugge,Belgium.
    by Greggor58
  • Arentshuis,Museum Brugge,Belgium. - Brugge
      Arentshuis,Museum Brugge,Belgium.
    by Greggor58
  • Arentshuis,Museum Brugge,Belgium. - Brugge
      Arentshuis,Museum Brugge,Belgium.
    by Greggor58
 

This nice little gallery is housed in what once was a mansion built in the 1700's....and houses a permanent exhibition of the British-Brugge artist Frank Brangwyn...He was the son of a British man living in Brugge at the time and in fact was born here in 1867....hence the dual connection...

In addition to the permanent collection on display here there is often changing exhibits displayed here sponsored by the Groeninge Museum.These exhibits are located on the ground floor...

In 1936 Brangwyn presented the City of Brugge with over 400 works, now permanently displayed here at Arentshuis or the "Arents" House Museum. In return for this donation the city of Brugge awarded Brangwyn a Grand Officer of the Order of Leopold II, and made him Citoyen d'Honneur de Brugge [only the third time the award had been given].

Brangwyn was an artistic jack-of-all-trades...as well as paintings and drawings, he produced designs for stained glass, furniture, ceramics, table glassware, buildings and interiors, was a lithographer and woodcutter and also an illustrator of books...
In fact Brangwyn also produced over 80 poster designs during the First World War, he was not though an official war artist.His poster of a Tommy bayoneting an enemy soldier (“Put Strength in the Final Blow: Buy War Bonds”) caused deep offense in both Britain and Germany.The Kaiser it is rumoured...put a bounty on his life...

Most of his collection is available to see on the second floor of the gallery...in spite of the gloomy and rainy day it was the lighting in the gallery was quite good...

I had the place virtually to myself ...I was there fairly early in the morning...so I was quite able to enjoy what was there to see...

Because I had purchased the Three day Museum Card...I wasn't looking into my pockets every time I ventured into a Museum connected with the "program"...for more information about this look under "General" tips...OTHERWISE admission is 2 Euros....

This gallery or museum is CLOSED on MONDAYS but otherwise can be accessed from Tuesday until Sundays inclusive from the hours of 0930 AM until 1630 PM...

I snuk a couple of snaps inside of the gallery...they certainly are NOT "gallery quality"...

Address: Dijver 16
Phone: 44-87-11
Website: http://www.brugge.be/internet/en/musea/Groeningemuseum-Arentshuis/Arentshuis/index.htm

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  • Written Jul 4, 2009
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