Het Kunstuur Mechlin 5 from 19/12/22 till 01/10/23

Fifth exhibition from Het Kunstuur in Mechelen ran from December 19th 2022 till June 30th 2023 (prolonged till October 1st). 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.

The fifth exhibition in Mechelen ran from 19/12/22 till 01/10/23

"It reminds me of my own long journey, which I will never forget."

Storytelling by Abdufatah Mahadi Said, Het Kunstuur employee

Abdufatah tells a story about Frits Van den Berghe 'Hellish ride' (1929).

"Whaaw, hello everyone! I'm kind of extremely happy."

Storytelling by Danny Verbiest, owner tv-dog Samson

Danny tells a story about Joseph Stevens 'Girl with dog' (1849).

"I love the seasons. The seasons can make you yearn."

Storytelling by Frank Deboosere, weatherman

Frank tells a story about Valerius De Saedeleer 'Row of trees' (1907) and 'The weaver's house' (1924).

"The love for our animals rises above this reality, despite they are slaughtered."

Storytelling by Lies Bernaerts, bio-engineer and pig farmer

Liestells a story about Prosper De Troyer 'Pig farmer' (1928).

"He detected a serious illness in Dora – even claiming she was doomed to die."

Storytelling by Maggie De Block, politician and doctor

Maggie tells a story about Prosper De Troyer 'X-rays' (1928).

"I see myself in this man's expression of lost emptiness. I am this man."

Storytelling by Tommaso Bordoni, clothing designer

Tommaso tells a story about Firmin Baes 'The hobo' (1942).

"The painting appeals to several senses at the same time."

Storytelling by Tess and Mark Uytterhoeven, TV producers

Tess and Mark tell a story about Prosper De Troyer 'The carillon' (1919).

"And look closely at that one detail: a man peeing against a wall."

Storytelling by Bruno De Wever, professor en historian

Bruno tells a story about Constant Permeke 'Jabbeke in 1940' (1940).

"And I was captivated and I still revere him."

Storytelling by Delphine Lecompte, poet

Delphine tells a story about Gustave Van de Woestyne 'The blind porridge eater' (1928).

"I hugged him for the last time on 11 May."

Storytelling by Iryna Sharyhina, Ukrainian refugee

Iryna tells a story about Henri Evenepoel 'Sunday in the Bois de Boulogne' (1899).

"Rik, in a fit of rage, threw the peaches out the window."

Storytelling by Jelle Cleymans, actor and singer

Jelle tells a story about Rik Wouters 'Still life with peaches' (1914).

"Can you all see this? I see the sea and a man on the beach."

Storytelling by Kathy Vervoort and Marleen D'Joos, Sjarabang

Kathy and Marleen tell a story about Gustave De Smet 'The Sea Eagle' (1926).

"The one was a celebrated painter, the other was an up-and-coming talent."

Storytelling by Kurt De Boodt, poet and expert on painter and sculptor Rik Wouters

Kurt tells a story about Rik Wouters 'Sculpture James Ensor' (1913).

"At the bottom the miner’s helmet, drinking bottle, and pickaxe."

Storytelling by Mil Coenen,former mine-worker

Mil tells a story about Anto Carte 'Piëta' (1918).

"When I see the lights of the Scheldt, my heart starts beating faster."

Storytelling by Wim Opbrouck, actor

Wim tells a story about Kurt Peiser 'Accordeonist by the Scheldt' (year unkown).

Storytelling by Chris Brooker


Chris tells a story about Xavier Mellery, Theodoor Verstraete, Albert Servaes, Gustave Van de Woestyne, Jean Brusselmans, Valerius De Saedeleer, Emile Claus, Anna De Weert, Frits Van den Berghe and Jan Van Beers.