Power and Beauty

26.10.2018 >< 20.01.2019
M-Museum Leuven
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Power and Beauty. The Arenbergs

Witness the extraordinary reunion of family artworks in this exhibition which tells the story of the Arenberg family. Hand-picked works are back together at M-Museum Leuven for this remarkable exhibition, including masterpieces by Rubens, Veronese, Brueghel, Dürer and many others.

A powerful family, with an eye for beauty

The Arenbergs were members of the highest nobility. For more than five centuries they played an important role on the political, military, economic and cultural stage in the Leuven region, in Belgium and in Europe. The exhibition at M tells the story of the Arenbergs, and of their art collection in particular, by means of artworks and objects from home and abroad. Many have never been shown before.

For the exhibition a selection of chefs-d'oeuvre have been brought together in this not-to-be-missed, once-in-a-lifetime union of artworks.

The Arenberg's art collection is now scattered across the world, in museums and in private ownership. For the exhibition a selection of chefs-d'oeuvre from the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna were brought together. You will also have the chance to admire privately-owned works in this one-off reunion of the Arenbergs’ eclectic and prestigious collection. Together the works illustrate aristocratic life down the centuries.

A stone’s throw from M, you can visit a second exhibition at the University Library, where you will discover more about the iconic Arenberg Castle in Heverlee, near Leuven. The exhibition 'Noble Living' offers a fascinating insight into the castle’s history and residents.