Museum De Reede concentrates on the work of three masters: Francisco Goya, Félicien Rops and Edvard Munch. The work of these artists is presented as that of critical observers of the time in which they lived, each in their own artistic and social context. The museum will place its work in dialogue with contemporary social and cultural expressions. Temporary exhibitions will have both a monographic as well as a thematic character.
The museum, situated on Ernest van Dijkkaai 7 in the historical centre of the city of Antwerp, finds itself in an apartment block named De Rede (anchorage). The building dates from 2000. It was designed by the Antwerps Architecten Atelier and replaced the office of a shipping company in charge of inland shipping along the Rhine and other large rivers.
The name Museum De Reede is as much inspired by this historical background as by the name of the building complex. It is, whether by chance or not, a big sign of affinity to have a museum as a neighbour: the Eugeen Van Mieghem Museum, situated in Het Redershuis (The Ship Owner’s House), the headquarters of the Royal Belgian Shipping Association.
With the 16th and 17th centuries in mind, the era of the rise of international shipping in the Lowlands, we have chosen to use the spelling of the time, of the place where ships anchored to ready themselves for a journey generally full of adventure.
Let yourself be swept along in an adventure full of art at Museum De Reede
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The terrain in which Museum De Reede is active goes by the name of graphic art or works on paper. The museum joins a limited group of national and international organisations which have made graphic art their specialism.
The collecting of graphics goes back to the 16th century, one of the oldest examples being the Royal Collection of Graphic Art in Copenhagen. A century later, the Kupferstichkabinett of Basel came into existence, not long after followed by similar initiatives in Dresden and other European capital cities. In the 19th century, specialised graphic collections came into being out of educational institutes such as the collections of the universities of Leiden, Princeton and Harvard.
The greater part of these graphic collections started becoming part of larger museums from the 19th century onwards. In addition to this several museums started to build their own collections. An example is the Stedelijk Prentenkabinet (Municipal Print Cabinet) in Antwerp which was established by the Plantin-Moretus Museum. The Rijksprentenkabinet part of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is another example. Some graphic collections were placed in libraries, of which we find an example in the Koninklijk Bibliotheek (the Royal Library) of Belgium in Brussels.
We believe Museum De Reede to be a valuable addition to the globally exhibited body of graphic art for three reasons. Firstly, the exclusive character of its objective, graphic art; secondly, the nature of the composition of its collection; and thirdly, the fact that the entire collection is made immediately available to the public without restrictions. In this the museum distinguishes itself from similar initiatives where many of the works remain almost permanently hidden from the general public.