It is very difficult to purchase new works for the Rubens House. In that sense it is no different from many other museums. Works change hands on the art market for astronomical prices. The museum has started to actively search for long-term loans in the last few years.

Loans include works from private or public collections, which are shown in the Rubens House for a limited period of time. These works fill the gaps in the museum's own collection. They each highlight Rubens's versatility in a new way.

Long-term loans often involve years of negotiating with collectors. They make the conscious choice to exhibit their work in the museum, where it is preserved in good conditions. Researchers are given the opportunity to study it and the public can enjoy it. This allows the Rubens House to continue surprising the public, albeit it with limited budgets.


An overview of our loans