Works of art

Encouraging interest in safeguarding our moveable heritage.

Sculptures, canvases and decorative artefacts are among the many masterpieces that bear witness to our rich heritage. The King Baudouin Foundation is committed to safeguarding significant works of our moveable heritage for future generations, through acquisitions and donations. The Heritage Fund managed by the Foundation promotes over 25,000 works and thousands of historic documents, which are exhibited in public collections across the four corners of Belgium. Collectors who wish to preserve their collections and ensure their visibility can find in the King Baudouin Foundation a reliable and rigorous partner that is attentive to their wishes and needs.

Our activities

  • promoting the Heritage Fund’s collection in Belgium and Europe, including through BRAFA (the Brussels Art Fair), exhibitions, publications and digital communication
  • support for acquisition, restoration, publication and training projects in museums and associations active in the heritage sector
  • facilitating philanthropy among donors and collectors
  • conducting innovative projects with Belgian and foreign partners.

Works of art is part of the programme Heritage and culture

More information on heritage-kbf.be

Calls for projects

Fund René and Karin Jonckheere - Call for projects 2022

Safeguarding movable cultural heritage highlighting the European dimension of Brussels

Ongoing

Fund René and Karin Jonckheere - Call for projects 2021 for organisations

Safeguarding movable cultural heritage highlighting the European dimension of Brussels

Selection announced

Prize Jacqueline Nonkels 2022 - Call for projects for individuals

The annual Jacqueline Nonkels Prize (€ 5.000) is awarded for the preservation and promotion of Belgian surrealist heritage.

Ongoing

Funds and philanthropic tools

Marcel Van Rooy - Elise De Smet (Fund)

Acquisition, conservation and promotion of works of art in earthenware and porcelain in Belgian museums famous for their ceramics collections.

Hortamuseum Fund (Friends of the Hortamuseum Fund)

Philanthropists support projects of the Horta Museum that disseminate knowledge about the ideas and work of Baron Victor Horta, master of Art Nouveau

Thomas Neirynck (Fund)

Promoting abstract art from the second half of the 20th century in Belgium by conserving and exhibiting the valuable 'Thomas Neirynck' collection.

Press Releases

From the skeleton of a prehistoric animal to a masterpiece by Wolfers: some of KBF’s exhibits at BRAFA have to be seen

At BRAFA 2022, the KBF is presenting must-see pieces, including the skeleton of a prehistoric rhinoceros and a masterpiece by Wolfers.

Exhibition ‘Travels | Landscapes – Christian Dotremont’

With the exhibition ‘Travels | Landscapes – Christian Dotremont’, the KBF is paying homage to the artist Christian Dotremont through the photographs of Georges A. Bertrand.

Wolfers’ fascinating Medusa to be kept for posterity

The fascinating Medusa of Philippe Wolfers is preserved forever thanks to the Heritage Fund. Soon it can be admired in the Art and History Museum in Brussels.

Stories

La Pêche miraculeuse regains its original glory

Works of art

“It is rare that works of art were commissioned from Rubens for a specific church, but La Pêche miraculeuse is one such piece."
Wim Hüsken
manager of the restoration project.

The Goffinet archives shed light on Belgium’s colonial past

Works of art

"The intervention of the Heritage Fund enabled archives of huge historical value to be acquired, which today are making a valuable contribution to current issues."
Olivier Defrance
Historian and author of the Goffinet archives inventory