The exhibition will trace the evolution of symbolism, whose origins go back to the romantic painting of the end of the 19th Century. It will follow symbolism’s developments by themes in a broadest range of registers – portrait, landscape, history in the far reaches of dream and reality, of doubt, of the fleeting instant, of religion etc. The close link between poetry and the visual arts as well as the predilection for the total artwork – Gesamtkunstwerk – will dominate the concept of the exhibition, which will not only be based on famous artists such as Fernand Khnopff, Félicien Rops and Jean Delville, but also on other lesser known names who made important contributions to the “fin de siècle” spirit of which Brussels was one of the capitals.

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