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Musée des Beaux-arts, Tournai

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Art Museum
The Musée des Beaux-Arts in Tournai, Belgium, is an art museum.The inception of the museum was in the beginning of the 20th century when Henri Van Cutsem, a Belgian art collector, offered his collection to the city of Tournai in 1905. The collection contained important works of important 19th century French painters like Manet, Monet, Seurat and others.The Belgian Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta started drafting a new building that would contain the Van Cutsem donation and other holdings already owned by the city of Tournai but the First World War intervened and construction was delayed. Horta abandoned his first designs made in a typical Art Nouveau style. The building that finally opened its doors in 1928 is executed in a more classical and linear style typically for the work of Horta in the post-war period (cf. Palais des Beaux-Arts / Paleis voor Schone Kunsten in Brussels).
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  • Totally disgusted with the price, the state and very minimal amount of art in this beautiful building of Horta. The main exhibition was of the artist Pitxot, and, presumablely to accommodate his work,...  more »
  • We where lucky to visit the temporary Pitxot-Dali exhibition. It was impressive to find it in this little pearl of a museum.  more »
  • The building from outside doesn't look great. It looks better inside but the walls could be painted in lighter colours. The entry was free. There are couple of interesting paintings and drawings. If t...  more »
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  • A fairly small museum, but a wide selection of works. Some old masters, some impressionist, including a Monet, Seurat. Impossible to miss Tom Frantzen's sculptures, some cocks and a flying hippo. An enjoyable visit.
  • Super Victor Horta art nouveau building
  • very nice strewn Museum of beautiful works! to visit at least once ;-)!
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  • Beautiful Museum regularly changed theme.
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  • Very light collection, hanging is original. Small museum, some beautiful works.
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