Gems from the collection of the King Baudouin Foundation. Recent Discoveries. New Acquisitions


By Dominique Allard, Director Heritage Fund at the King Baudouin Foundation

Created in 1987 at the heart of the King Badouin Foundation, the Heritage Fund buys or accepts as donations artworks, archives and important documents created in our country. Its aim is to increase their accessibility and ensure they are passed on to future generations. Today, the Heritage Fund counts about 21,560 artworks and 22 archival funds which have been leant to dozens of museums. Recent acquisitions include: a unique collection of models of locomotives, cars and wagons currently at Train World; the rapier given by Charles the 1st of England to Rubens at the Grand Curtis Museum in Liège; a collection of furniture by the architect and designer Gustave Serrurier-Bovy at the Art and History Museum in Brussels; an exceptional desk by the furniture and interior designer Jules Wabbes at the Ghent Design Museum and a rare Mechelen cup made from coconut at the Hof van Busleyden in Mechelen. During this talk, Dominique Allard will unveil the latest surprising discoveries and new acquisitions, recounting some captivating stories…

Languages: FR & NL
Jacques de Vitry facial reconstruction © Visualforensic/Philippe Froesch
Owl cup, Antwerp, 1548 - 1549, collection of the King Baudouin Foundation, entrusted to DIVA, Antwerp © Hughes Dubois