Two of the city’s museums will be teaming up for the first retrospective exhibition of the work of Michaelina Wautier (1604–1689), in a unique partnership between the Rubens House and the MAS. The exhibition is a world premiere in demonstrating the exceptional talent of an artist who became popular in a period when female artists were very rare.
This exhibition is part of ‘Antwerp Baroque 2018, Rubens inspires’. The cultural city festival pays tribute to Peter Paul Rubens and his baroque, cultural legacy. During the festival the spotlights will be on Peter Paul Rubens, one of the most influential artists ever and Antwerp’s most famous resident. He characterises the baroque era and remains a major source of inspiration for artists and the atypical lifestyle of Antwerp and its residents. ‘Antwerp Baroque 2018, Rubens inspires’ tells a story about baroque back then and now and creates a dialogue between historic baroque and contemporary art, with the city and the world in the background. ‘Antwerp Baroque 2018, Rubens inspires’ is a key event in the Flemish Masters’ programme organised by Toerisme Vlaanderen. It promises to be extremely extrovert, combining artistic individuality with authentic hospitality.
This first retrospective of Michaelina Wautier is the result of years of intensive research by Prof. Dr. Katlijne Van der Stighelen (KU Leuven). The exhibition has been created in close collaboration with the Rubens House (Ben van Beneden).
For more information: http://www.rubenshuis.be/en/activity/michaelina