Top Contemporary Art Galleries in Bruges, Knokke and Ghent

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From fine chocolate tastings, diamond polishing shows at the Diamantmuseum, rides on horse-drawn carriages, to intimate boat trips on the canal, the picturesque city of Bruges hosts a wide array of unique cultural sights and one-of-a-kind, leisurely activities. For those of you who enjoy the finer things in life, hidden and juxtaposed among the charming Renaissance buildings, waffles and lace shops are also some of the world’s most exquisite contemporary art galleries. The nearby cities of Ghent and Knokke on the other hand host fantastic contemporary art galleries, which can be paired to contrast with a visit to the beautiful medieval 12th-century castle in Ghent, dinner in PatersholI, the beach or nightlife in Knokke, or sights such as the Ghent Cathedral. In this article, we present the various contemporary art galleries you might want to visit on your luxury visit to the incredible in and around Bruges.

Bruges Gallery weekend 2018: 17 until 19 Aug 2018.

Absolute Art Gallery

In 2000, Yoeri, Miguel and Yvan De Backer founded Absolute Art Gallery, which prides itself on representing young, renowned, international and Belgian artists. The gallery actually has four different locations in Belgium, but the gallery in Bruges offers visitors a particular charm which arguably surpasses the others–it faces one of the oldest canals, Dijver, in the center of the medieval town and in close vicinity to the Groeninge and Gruuthuse Museum.

A wide range of contemporary art can be spotted here–figurative and abstract paintings, photography and even sculptures. Approximately thirty-five artists are represented by the gallery, and each artist has his or her own unique niche, and the works of excellent artists such as Mauro Perucchetti, Carlos Mata, Christine Comyn, Peter Zuur, Wim Ricourt are exhibited there. The solo shows, group exhibitions, and special events provide a fresh and ever-changing environment.

The beautiful, warm, and welcoming atmosphere at all times makes this gallery a particular gem, and it’s one of the few galleries practically always open to the public six days a week. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. and closed only on Wednesdays.

The gallery has regularly exhibited over the years in various art fairs such as Yia Young International Art Fair in Paris, Scope Art Fair in Basel, Raw Art Fair in Rotterdam, Pan Art Fair in Amsterdam, and Art Paris Art Fair, so on the international level, Absolute Art Gallery sits with some of the best.

The highly professional and attentive team is there to assist visitors, buyers, and collectors from all over the world. The pieces of art on sale, which are for both the beginner and more experienced collector, are on offer from about €2,500 or more. There is also a large collection of books on art which can be bought at your visit.

Absolute Art Gallery, Dijver 4-5, Bruges, Belgium, +32 50 49 10 12 

Museum Gallery Xpo Salvador Dalí

The Museum Gallery Xpo Salvador Dalí in Bruges is an exclusive opportunity to view the artist’s outstanding collection of sculptures and famous works of art and get a taste for the artist’s flamboyant personality.

Hosted in a medieval hall designed by the iconic Barron Saint Mythelfinger, space has been transformed into a Dalí-esque showroom filled with gold, mother-of-pearl and bright pink interiors, typifying the Spanish artist’s ‘’love of everything that is gilded and excessive’’. This one-of-a-kind space is a special and unforgettable place to relax and enjoy the quirky world of Dalí.

Belfort, Markt 7, 8000, Bruges, Belgium

44 Gallery

44 Gallery exhibits exceptional photography of young, upcoming and established European artists with a focus on talented Belgian artists. Some of the biggest names in contemporary photography are on sale, including works of Titus Simoens, Renzo de Ceuster, Paul D’haese, Patrick Bardyn, and Stephanie Yoshiwara. All the works are signed and are limited editions.

The gallery’s aim is to promote unconventional,  thought-provoking, and sometimes uncomfortable photography which questions today’s culture and society. Intellectually stimulating, the selected works are delightfully riveting and the experience is a wonderful addition to the cultural sites of the city.

There are photographs displayed to suit everyone’s taste, and for the beginner collector or individual wishing to take home an intriguing souvenir, there are also very affordable unique limited edition works in smaller sizes on sale from a price point of €150 to €300.

44 Gallery, Genthof 44, Bruges, Belgium, +32 489 55 26 63

Guy Pieters Gallery

Guy Pieters Gallery in the swanky town of Knokke home to staple museums, art galleries, gastronomical experiences, and unusual shops, is one of the most magnificent galleries in the area and arguably one of the best in the world.

Guy Pieters was born in the small yet artistic village of Sint-Martens-Latem, the hub of Flemish expressionism, and is today one of the world’s leading gallerists. The gallery showcases Post-War and contemporary art, with its success largely determined by Guy’s life-long relationships with the artists. With New Realism and Pop Art alongside emerging artists, Guy Pieters Gallery has a reputation that exceeds beyond Belgium. His gallery is exhibiting at BRAFA Art Fair and is a regular at the best art fairs in the world, among others the Biennale in Venice.

Some of the artists displayed at the gallery are Karel Appel, Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Robert Indiano, James Rosenquist, and many others. Over the years, Guy Pieters has edited several books, including the catalog raisonné of Yves Klein.

For a world-class and unforgettable experience, Guy Pieters Gallery is a venue that you must visit.

Albertplein 15BE-8300 Knokke-Heist, +32 (0)50 80 00 10

Gallery Ganache

Gallery Ganache is a place where visitors can relax, have a coffee and a chocolate after visiting other sites, and enjoy the art. The charming gallery started as a chocolatier and now exhibits world-class art for visitors to enjoy. Their philosophy is that art is for everybody–it’s an open and warm space located in the historical center of Ghent next to the Sint Bavo Cathedral.

The art exhibited in this lovely gallery is of new, upcoming artists as well as well-known artists of Belgium and international origin, and the price point of the spectacular works on display start from about €1,500 to €5,000, although some small sculptures can be obtained from €300 – €500.

Limburgstraat 14, 9000 Gent, Belgium +32 499 97 61 48

Art Gallery Groeninge – Paul Van Hecke

Born in Bruges in March 1954, Paul Van Hecke is a unique artist and the gallery is unlike any other in the city. After studying Art at Sint-Lucas Institute in Ghent, Paul went on a romantic, nostalgic journey to the East in search of deeper meanings and an understanding of his inner self, meeting with various masters in India and the Himalayas. It is through his travels and deep meditation sessions that he began to realize a new meaning in colors, and it was from here his unique style developed. Paul returned from the East and opened his gallery and atelier in 1999, and from thereon in his space has become a staple of Bruges’ contemporary art scene.

Van Hecke’s paintings display a unique sense of conscious color unique to the city and are in themselves objects of healing. For a burst of color, Art Gallery Groeninge is a must-see.

Art Gallery Groeninge, Nieuwe Gentweg 27, Bruges, Belgium, +32 50 3418 36

source:  Natalie Maxted, London

Winter sparks

Magical Winter Moments in Bruges

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Winter Sparks 25-26 jan | 2019

Winter Sparks will make this winter cosier and more atmospheric than ever with a series of fun entertainments at the Burg.

From 5 pm you can find yourself a cozy and comfortable spot on the winter terrace,  fire-warmed! courtesy of the Fire Masters. At 7.30 pm and 9 pm, Vincent Glowinski will perform with his intriguing spectacle ‘Human Brush’.

In between, you can enjoy a range of surprising entertainments and installations on and around the winter terrace. The second performance by Vincent Glowinski is followed by a live concert.

program English

Location: Burg

Opening hours

Fri 25 January 2019 5 pm until  Sat 26 January 2019 11 pm

5 pm  – 11 pm  Winter terrace open

6.30 pm – 7.30 pm & 8.00 pm – 9.00 pm

Installations and animations on and around the winter terrace

7.30 pm – 8 pm & 9 pm – 9.30 pm

Presentation Vincent Glowinski on the Burg

21h30 – 22h30

Live concert, installations and animations on and around the winter terrace

23.30 Close bar and terrace

Bach Academie 15-20 jan | 2019

In this Bach Academy everything revolves around the relationship between heaven and earth, between the believers and their Saviour, at Ascension and Pentecost: with cantatas, concerti and cinematographic creations; with stars to worship and talent to discover; and of course with Collegium Vocale Gent and Philippe Herreweghe.

Heaven laughs, Earth exults! Bach was perhaps never more clear in his examination of the relationship between heaven and earth than in his famous Easter cantata, but the Bach Academy Bruges has found many ways to explore the subject.

This eighth edition of the festival uses “Heaven on earth” as its guide. The exceptional programme includes the rarely performed Concertos for three and four harpsichords by Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin  and Claire Croizé’s Flowers (we are), with three dancers and two pianists playing a new composition inspired by Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier.


  • cat. 3:  € 168
  • cat. 2: € 186
  • cat. 1: € 206


Costumés de Venise 12 – 13 jan | 2019

The Costumés is an international group of 100 beautifully costumed men and women who will stay two days in the city and bring the atmosphere of the baroque Venice to Bruges.

Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 January 2019

4 parades + 1 nocturnal

Before they go to Venice for the Carnaval they come to Bruges first to show they beautifull new costumes for the 1st time to the public.

There will be 4 parades and 1 nocturnal show on the Burg.

Program :

Saturday January 12th 2019

10AM :Departure from the inner court of the Hallen below the Belfort tower. Continue via Markt 

2PM :Departure from the inner court of the Hallen below the Belfort tower. Continue via Markt

6.30-8PM :Nocturnal on the big stage at Burg Square

Sunday January 13th 2019

10AM :Departure from the inner court of the Hallen below the Belfort tower. Continue via Oude Burg

2PM :Departure from the inner court of the Hallen below the Belfort tower. Continue via Oude Burg

Visitors and passers-by will be able to enjoy free of charge the beautiful spectacle!

Come and see, it’s free!


The festive season in Bruges includes the  Ice Rink (Winter in Bruges) andBruges Christmas Market.  Many stalls can found on the Market Square and on Simon Stevinplein (Ice Rink).

The cozy Christmas atmosphere at the Christmas market in Bruges helps make Bruges Winter Market one of the most vibrant markets of the country.

Winter market  Bruges :

When: 23/11/18 –  1/01/2019

So why is Bruges a favorite Christmas market destination in Europe? From 23 November until 1 January the entire old town of Bruges (Brugge) as it’s known, transforms into a Christmas market wonderland.

In addition to a wonderful atmosphere and plenty of seasonal jollity, you will also be able to find that unusual last-minute present for someone special. In addition, you can enjoy the ice rink.

When: November 23, 2018 – January 1, 2019

Where: Bruges, Belgium

Map: Bruges on Google Maps

Official Website:

Magical Winter Moments

Located in the heart of the city and also known as “The Grand Christmas Happening Bruges”, this happening is a stylish and festive event, which features all the latest trends in interior and floral decoration.

Master florists and design aficionados will be displaying brilliant Christmas floral arrangements combined with plenty of opportunities to buy nice souvenirs.

When: November 23- November 27-November 2018

Where: Old St Jan, Bruges, Belgium

Official Website:

The 17th Midwinter Festival

The Midwinter Festival is definitely worth a visit if you want to get into the Christmas spirit.
This charming Festival will be bringing its Christmas cheer to the Sint-Annawijk again this year. (Christmas market with traditional products on the Balstraat – the perfect place to pick up gifts made with love and care).
The stalls will be selling trinkets, delicious snacks and drinks. You can warm up in the Folklore Museum with its inviting museum café. Look around the museum and take part in the activities on offer, including the family craft table. On the other side of the street, the Lace Museum will be opening its doors, offering an exhibition, demonstrations, and workshops. If you’re looking for a Christmassy atmosphere, head for the Adornesdomein, where there will be Christmas songs in the chapel.

When: December  9

Where: Sint-Annawijk, Bruges, Belgium

Ice Sculpture Festival Bruges

The Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival in Belgium display amazing artworks where artists from all over the globe have created a wonderful world of ice in the first ever digital ice museum! Video projections light up a panorama of ice sculptures – each at least four meters high – for visitors to the museum to marvel at. Come and see this magnificent, magical show, complete with 3D projections – it’s super-cool.

When: November 24- November 06-January 2019

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