Across from the St. Rumbold tower
Minderbroedersgang 1-3

Het Kunstuur in Mechelen

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 Mechlin

The fourth exhibition in Mechlin runs from 16/05/22 till 30/11/22

"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).

"I still work in the same way too."

Storytelling by Sir Dirk Brossé, composer

Dirk tells a story about Jenny Montigny's painting 'Jules-Toussaint De Sutter at the piano' (1912).

Such masterpieces attract the attention of our international collectors."

Storytelling by Pauline Haon, 20th and 21st century specialist at Christie's auction house

Pauline tells a story about Gustave De Smet's painting 'The blue canapé' (1928).

"We live in societies that are addicted to fossil fuels."

Storytelling by Anuna De Wever, climate and human rights activist

Anuna tells a story about Pierre Paulus de Châtelet's painting 'Miner' (year unknown).

"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).

"Our accordionist has just played in a minor key."

Storytelling by Jan De Smetmusician

Jan tells a story about Prosper De Troyer's painting 'Miner with accordeon' (1928).

"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).

"I too went to a uniform school for six years."

Storytelling by Annelies Verlinden, politician

Annelies tells a story about Léon Spilliaert's painting 'Girls with white stockings' (1912).

"A piece was cut from this work and sent as proof."

Storytelling by Martin Van Steenbrugge, ex-undercover agent specialised in art theft

Martin tells a story about James Ensor's painting 'My dead mother' (1915).

"We had our spades and buckets with us, and I started to dig a hole."

Storytelling by Christa Verledens, housewife

Christa tells a story about James Ensor's painting 'View of Mariakerke' (1901).

"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).

Storytelling by Chris Brooker


Chris tells stories about Firmin Baes, Evarist De Buck, Eugeen Van Mieghem, Léon De Smet, Jakob Smits, Charles Degroux, Henry De Groux and Rik Wouters.

Upcoming exhibition Mechlin

The fifth exhibition in Mechelen runs from 19/12/22 till 30/06/23

"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.

Order your tickets for Mechlin

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.

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You can direct your question to or by phone during opening hours on +32 (0) 468 42 04 45.

Group formulas

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Admission fee

Admission Fee
Promotion: €10,
other admission fees: €12 or €14, 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


Opening Hours
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The Art Hour at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit

Minderbroedersgang 1-3
2800 Mechelen (Mechlin)