"Visit the Arentshuis Museum" Arents House Museum - Arentshuis Tip by ranger49
Arents House Museum - Arentshuis, Brugge: 5 reviews and 12 photos
We were disappointed to realise that our short visit covered both a Monday when all museums close, and Tuesday 21st July - National Day and a public holiday. so we would be unable to visit all we had planned - another reason to return!
Our guide pointed out the Arentshuis and mentioned this was the Museum where the Welsh artist Frank Brangwyn's works were displayed. We did not know that he had been born in Brugge but were familiar with his work from both the amazing panels in the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, and the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff. A disciple of William Morris to whom he was apprenticed and active in the arts and crafts movement he was also a member of the Omega workshops before becoming a war artist in 1914. His ideas of empire would be out of place now but his work in Swansea has given me great pleasure whether attending concerts or graduation ceremonies.
The work in Brugge, specially the etchings and lithographs of industral workers are very fine and a direct contrast with the exuberant colour and optimism of the panels designed for the Empress of Great Britain Ship and those in Swansea.
There was a Temporary Exhibition (until September 27 2009 ) 'Johan van Geluwe. The Museum of Museums 2009'
I tried hard with this one found it amusing but came away thinking that may have not been what I was supposed to feel! Details are given on the website below.
Admission to the Museum was very little and for seniors only about 1 euro.
Opposite the Arentshuis there is an excellent Brugge Museum Shop - where I was able to browse the Display copy of the large, bulky catalogue of Charles the Bold - the Exhibition we missed by one day because of the closure of the Groeninge Museum.
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