Upcoming exhibitions

In the coming years the Rubens House will be organizing a number of international exhibitions and smaller presentations designed to shed light on the versatility of Peter Paul Rubens and his contemporaries. Put the following exhibitions in your diary.

Designed by Rubens


Designed by Rubens focuses on a remarkable and particularly interesting aspect of the oeuvre of this brilliant artist: Rubens as a designer of exclusive, luxury art objects in costly materials such as silver, ivory and bronze.

It was during his stay in Italy that Rubens first saw such objects, designed by his revered predecessors Raphael (1483-1520) and Giulio Romano (c. 1499-1546). In his own studio in Antwerp, Rubens embraced this artistic challenge by making his own designs for such precious showpieces. For their execution, he turned to young, talented artist friends, such as the German sculptor Georg Petel (1601/02-1634), and the Flemish sculptors Artus I Quellinus (1609-1668) and Lucas Faydherbe (1617-1697).

For the first time ever, some thirty designs (paintings, oil sketches and drawings) and the objects themselves will be brought together in a fascinating exhibition. The show will be accompanied by a scholarly publication, the first to focus on this subject.

Georg Petel, Adam and Eve, Rubens House. Photo Ans Brys.



Location: the MAS

1 June 2018 – 2 September 2018

The exhibition Michaelina Wautier. Baroque Girl Power demonstrates the exceptional talent of an artist who grew up at a time when female artists were a rarity. The clients of Michaelina Wautier (1614-1689), a younger contemporary of Rubens, included the Archduke Leopold Wilhelm, one of the most important patrons of the seventeenth century.

Wautier distinguished herself from other female painters by the genres on which she concentrated. She ventured to make history paintings in large format – a challenge that many male painters shied away from. The twenty-six known works by her hand are remarkable for their daring subject matter and superior pictorial technique.

Her undisputed masterpiece is The Triumph of Bacchus (Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna). In this work in large format, she did not shrink from demonstrating her knowledge of the male anatomy, nor from portraying herself as a semi-nude Bacchante – the only figure who looks the viewer frankly in the eye.

Michaelina Wautier is the first retrospective exhibition of the work of this Baroque artist. This project is the result of years of intensive research carried out by Professor Katlijne Van der Stighelen (KU Leuven) and will be realized in collaboration with the Rubens House (Ben van Beneden) and the Rubenianum (Bert Watteeuw).

The Triumph of Bacchus, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.


Practical information


Location: the MAS

Designed by Rubens

Rubens House
Wapper 9-11, B-2000 Antwerp
tel. +32 (0)3 201 15 55

Opening hours

  • 10 am – 5 pm (tickets available until 4.30 pm)
  • Closed: Monday, 1 May (Labour Day) and Ascension
  • Open on Easter Monday and Whit Monday

Price of admission to special exhibitions

€ 10

Standard admission

€ 8

  • Trade rate
  • Groups (minimum of 12 persons and a maximum of 15)
  • 65 +
  • Young people between the ages of 12 and 26 years
  • Disabled persons


  • Children under 12
  • Antwerp citycard-holders

Customized group tours (max. 15 persons)

  • Adults: € 75, plus € 5 administrative costs and the price of admission
  • Tours available in Dutch, English, French and German

Book at least 3 weeks in advance through Visit Antwerpen:


The Rubens House is a historic building and has no lift. The exhibition space is located on the first floor, which means that Designed by Rubens and Michaelina will not be accessible to wheelchair-users or prams and pushchairs. The permanent collection is accessible to wheelchair-users and pushchairs.

How to find us

The Rubens House is walking distance from Antwerp’s Central Station.

Public transport

  • Metro/tram: 3, 5, 9, 15 (Meir) / 4, 7 (Meirbrug) / 10, 11 (Sint-Katelijnevest) /12 (Groenplaats)
  • Bicycle: fietsstation (bicycle station) Velo 23, Rubenshuis (Rubens House): www.velo-antwerpen.be

Openbaar vervoer

  • Metro/tram: 3, 5, 9, 15 (Meir) / 4, 7 (Meirbrug) / 10, 11 (Sint-Katelijnevest) / 12 (Groenplaats)
  • Fiets: fietsstation Velo 23, Rubenshuis: www.velo-antwerpen.be

Car parks

  • P-route Meir – Stadsschouwburg: parking Inno, Hopland and parking Horta, Hopland

Bus parking

  • Autocarparking Kaai 19 (signage SK 19): gratis, no reservation necessary. A 10-minute walk to the historic city centre.

Bus drivers can drop their passengers at the following public transport stops: 

  • De Lijn (maximum10 minutes).
  • Destination (P-route) historic city centre: 
    • going north: stop at Suikerrui/Steenplein
    • going south: stop at Suikerrui/Ernest Van Dijckkaai.