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Print room

The development of a print room with works on paper is an important pillar of MSK's collection policy. The historical collection is systematically expanded, gaps are closed and new emphases are introduced.

Artworks on paper

During the first decades of the museum's history, all attention was focused on collecting visual arts: paintings and sculptures.. Gradually, and especially since the second half of the 20th century, art on paper also received much greater attention. Today, the museum aims to acquire representative works on paper by national and international artists who had strong ties with Belgium or who were influential in Belgian art. Examples include precious works by Leon Spilliaert, James Ensor, Frans Masereel or Raoul de Keyser.

These vulnerable works are kept in the Print Room. They are accessible upon request, and part of the collection of works on paper can also be found on the website of the Flemish Art Collection.

Print Room on display

The Print Room was inaugurated in the autumn of 2016. In eight rooms, the MSK can now make its diverse collection of works on paper accessible to the public. The specialised display furniture was purchased with the support of the Friends of the Museum and the InBev-Baillet Latour Fund.

Since then, we have also brought these works to the other museum rooms more often, both as part of the permanent collection presentation and in the context of temporary exhibitions. Since art on paper can only be exposed to light for a limited period, these presentations change throughout the year.