BRUEGEL TO RUBENS: GREAT FLEMISH DRAWINGS

A major exhibition open from 23 March – 23 June 2024


Showcasing over 100 exceptional Flemish drawings from the 16th and 17th centuries.

From Pieter Bruegel’s remarkable print designs and landscapes and Rubens’s first sketches to heartfelt friendship albums shared between artists, this major exhibition presents drawings from many of the Flemish masters, rarely seen in public.

The exhibition will show 120 drawings, with over 30 on display for the first time, including some which have only recently been discovered. These are some of the most exquisite drawings kept in Antwerp and Oxford collections by famous artists such as Pieter Bruegel, Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck and Jacques Jordaens. The artworks will provide insights into how these artists honed their drawing skills throughout their careers. 

'Bruegel to Rubens' is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get close to these delicate and often intimate drawings and the objects they inspired.

* Please note there is low lighting in the exhibition due to the fragility of some of the drawings and artworks. *

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The Times

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'Every single work is a masterpiece'

The Guardian

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'Enthralling'

The Observer

       

 

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The Telegraph

'Breathtaking'

Apollo

 

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EXHIBITION TICKETS

Timed tickets are in operation. Visitors and Members are strongly recommended to book tickets in advance to guarantee entry.

Please note a booking fee of £1 is added to help support the Museum and cover the costs of staffing our Box Office.

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FREE MEMBER TICKETS

Entry to the exhibition is free for Members but we advise pre-booking a timed slot, especially at busier periods, to guarantee entry. You will need your 13- or 14- digit Membership Number to book.

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** LATE OPENING **

Extended opening of Bruegel to Rubens exhibition on Fri 21 Jun 2024 until 8pm - last entry 6.45pm
PLUS
 the Rooftop Restaurant is open late
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Please note that the Museum closes at 5pm and access to the exhibition will be via the St Giles entrance from 5pm onwards.

FREE ENTRY FOR MEMBERS

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EXHIBITION VISITING FAQS

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Full-Price adult

Ticket prices

£15.30
£17.00 with Gift Aid

 

FREE Entry (but booking is strongly recommended) for
  • Members & Patrons
  • Under 12s
  • Carers (see 'Disabled visitors & carers' section, below)
  • University of Oxford students
  • ASH passholders
  • OU GLAM staff & Ashmolean volunteers
  • Museum colleagues (OU Ruskin School, ICOM, UK Museums Association, NMDC members)

Proof of eligibility must be presented with your ticket when you visit.

 

Concession rate tickets available for
  • Senior citizens
  • University of Oxford staff & alumni

Proof of eligibility must be presented with your ticket when you visit.

 

Half-Price tickets available for
  • Blue Light cardholders
  • Children aged 12–17 years
  • Students and those under 25
  • Those who are unemployed
  • Art Fund members

Proof of eligibility must be presented with your ticket when you visit.

 

Disabled visitors & carers

Disabled visitors should book a regular exhibition ticket at full or concession price, depending on eligibility.

Accompanying carers can access the exhibition for free with a ticket-holding disabled visitor, but should please book one of our free 'Carer' tickets for the same time slot.

 


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No, but booking is strongly recommended to guarantee entry.
 

 
Yes. Access to the exhibition is via lift and the entire exhibition is wheelchair accessible. Handheld labels are available.

There is also a level access route from the pavement outside the Museum to the front door. You can read more about Museum access at this link Ashmolean Access Guide

Disabled visitors should book a regular exhibition ticket at full or concession price, depending on eligibility (when tickets are made available later this year). Accompanying carers can access the exhibition for free with a ticket-holding disabled visitor, but will need to book a free, timed Carer ticket.
 

 
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Yes
, you can visit our special exhibitions for FREE under the NMDC (National Museum Directors' Council), ICOM (International Council of Museums) and UK Museums Association reciprocal entry schemes.

You will need to bring proof of eligibility (Membership or Staff Card) with you on the day of your visit and present this with your ticket. Pre-booking is recommended.

Please note that these reciprocal tickets are not available to book in advance during the final two weeks of the exhibition. We cannot guarantee free entry for reciprocal status visitors during this time if there is limited capacity and the exhibition is selling out.
 

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EXHIBITION SUPPORTERS

The Patrons of the Ashmolean
Kathryn Uhde
Diplomatic Representation of Flanders to the UK
Visit Flanders
Embassy of Belgium to the United Kingdom
Robert Lehman Foundation 
Michael Marks Charitable Trust
Kate de Rothschild Agius and Marcus Agius CBE
Graphius
Sotheby's
And those who wish to remain anonymous

This exhibition was co-organised by the Museum Plantin-Moretus, Antwerp and Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford. It was initially presented in Antwerp, Belgium from 17 Nov 2023 to 18 Feb 2024 curated by Virginie D’haene. The adapted exhibition at the Ashmolean was co-curated by An Van Camp and Virginie D’haene.

Public programming in partnership with Visit Flanders and the Diplomatic Representation of Flanders to the UK