in the historic town hall
Groenplein 1

Het Kunstuur in Hasselt

Masterpieces by Belgian artists from the period 1850 – 1950, exhibited in a unique way. Flemish celebrities talk about their connection with the artist or artwork.

Now in Het Kunstuur Hasselt

The second exhibition in Hasselt runs from 12/09/23 till 14/04/24

"My grandparents' profession, my father's hobby."

Storytelling by Alexander De Croo, Prime Minister of Belgium

Alexander tells a story about Valerius De Saedeleer's painting 'Before spring' (+/- 1908).

"With the rotting smell of the retting as well"

Storytelling by Baron Piet Vanthemsche, intendant of the Flemish government

Piet tells a story about Albert Saverys' painting 'Rootbakken' (1921).

"By order of the Gestapo, ‘Mansard’ was removed from an exhibition."

Storytelling by Bruno De Wever, professor and historian

Bruno tells a story about Jean Brusselmans' painting 'Mansard II' (1939).

"When I took off in the moonlight, I often thought about this painting."

Storytelling by Jean-Jacques Speyer, professor and civil aeronautics engineer

Jean-Jacques tells a story about René Magritte's painting 'The depths of pleasure' (1947).

"5000 niños de la guerra were taken care of in Belgium in 1936."

Storytelling by Phara de Aguirrejournalist

Phara tells a story about Victor Leclercq's painting 'Juan' (1936).

"Then I myself had psychotic, hallucinatory symptoms."

Storytelling by Dirk De Wachter, psychiatrist

Dirk tells a story about Floris Jespers' painting 'Moonstruck man' (1926).

"Did you know your great-grandfather? The chance is small. "

Storytelling by Piet Piron, a former judge

Piet tells a story about Valerius de Saedeleer's paintings 'Winter evening' (1924) and 'Deep winter' (+/- 1927).

"I describe the paintings as they exist in my memory."

Storytelling by Bart Van Peer, employee at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp

Bart tells a story about Gustave Van de Woestyne's painting 'Azure' (1928).

"I was born in the same year James Ensor died. Ensor is my mentor."

Storytelling by Arno

Arno tells a story about James Ensor's "The drunks" from 1883

"I also went there to kindergarten. It has completely changed."

Storytelling by Arno

Arno tells a story about Jean Brusselmans' "Lighthouse in Ostend" (1936).

"At that time, London was the most polluted city in the world."

Storytelling by Lia Van Bekhoven, correspondent in London

Lia tells a story about Emile Claus' 'Reflection of the light in the morning on the Thames in London' (1918).

"The bicycle meant freedom for women, away from doing laundry."

Storytelling by Saartje Vandendriessche, media figure

Saartje tells a story about Hubert Malfait's painting 'Woman on a bicycle' (1927).

"I imagine he died without realizing it."

Storytelling by Rudi Vranckx, war correspondent

Rudi tells a story about Alfred Bastien's 'Dead Canadian officer' (1918).

"They told my parents to come and say goodbye."

Storytelling by Wendy Verhees, lawyer

Wendy tells a story about Emile Claus' 'The golden sun' (1922).

"Until the bitter end, to die in the harness, that is how I want to end."

Storytelling by Guido Belcanto, musician

Guido tells a story about Jan Van Beers' 'The fallen star' (1874).

"You realize, in 10 seconds I'm going to ring the bell and the door is going to open and I'm going to ruin these people's lives. "

Storytelling by Alain Remue

Alain tells a story about Frits Van den Berghe's painting "Obsession" (1919).

Storytelling by Chris Brooker

Chris tells stories about Anto Carte, Léon De Smet and Floris Jespers.

Storytelling by Chris Brooker

Chris tells stories about  Constantin Meunier and Léon Navez .

Storytelling by Chris Brooker

Chris tells stories about Jakob Smits, Eugeen Van Mieghem and Rik Wouters.

Order your tickets for Hasselt

In order to guarantee your place, we recommend you order your tickets online.

A visit to the exhibition takes exactly one hour with entrees every 20 mins for maximum 8 people at a time.

Click on Order Tickets to view opening times and prices.

You can direct your question to or by phone during opening hours on +32 (0) 493 47 12 73.

Group formulas

Would you like to book for more than 8 people?
With our group arrangement you can combine a visit to The Art Hour with other activities in Mechlin. For info, send an email to:

Admission fee

Admission Fees: between €12 and €17, depending on the date and time of your visit.

      Free cloak room

      Free headphones with audio guide

      Free museum chairs

      Free (two) wheelchairs at your disposal

      Toilets for women, men and disabled


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Het Kunstuur in the historic town hall of Hasselt

Groenplein 1
3500 Hasselt