In this elegant 18th-century town house with its picturesque garden the work of the versatile British artist Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956) is on display on the top floor. Brangwyn's talent as an architect, painter and designer of glassware, furniture and jewellery is breathtaking. The ground floor is the setting for temporary plastic art exhibitions.
The collection is the result of two donations. Englishman John Steinmetz (1795-1883) left the museum his collection of over 17,000 prints and drawings when he died. When the City obtained Arentshuis in 1909, these formed the basis for a print gallery. In 1936, English artist Frank Brangwyn also donated a large portion of his oeuvre to the city of his birth.
The top floor shows Frank Brangwyn’s phenomenal artistic versatility. His work belonged to many different schools: social realism, Vienna Secession, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and modernism. He painted with oils, tempera, and watercolours, was a prominent graphic artist, and, influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement, also designed furniture, stained-glass windows, and even jewellery. Downstairs, the Groeningemuseum organises temporary exhibitions.
This neoclassical building from the last quarter of the 18th century owes its name to its last private owner, Aquilin Arents de Beerteghem. The porch, with its four palm-leaf capital columns, and various Egyptian Empire-style elements that were added later bear witness to the egyptomania that was so popular at the time also reached Bruges. They probably date from Napoleon Bonaparte’s visit to Bruges in 1810.
The ground floor of the beautiful 18th century Arentshuis is entirely given over to temporary art exhibitions that are connected to the Groeninge collection, such as the fine collection of prints and drawings from the Steinmetzkabinet. The top floor is devoted to the work of the versatile Bruges-born British artist, Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956). He painted lively, realistic scenes in which he depicted the industrial life of the docks and factories and the hard labour of the workers. He also recorded his many travel experiences on canvas in colourful watercolours and engravings, and designed furniture and carpets.
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uitzonderlijk open: Mon 9 June 2014, ( - ), Mon 21 April 2014, ( - )
uitzonderlijk gesloten: Thu 25 December 2014, Thu 29 May 2014, Wed 25 December 2013, Wed 1 January 2014
Last tickets: 4.30 p.m. / open on Easter Monday and Whit Monday
- Museumpas: € 0,00
- Vrienden van de Musea: € 0,00
- jongeren t/m 25 jaar: € 3,00
- kinderen t/m 12 jaar: € 0,00
- 65+: € 3,00
Combination ticket with Groeninge Museum possible
- Bus stop Eekhoutpoort, Eekhoutstraat nr. 2
- Train station Brugge
- Public car park Pandreitje, Gevangenisstraat
- Reference on the city map: E9