The Museum of Fine Arts



The Museum of Fine Arts is the guardian of the artistic heritage of the 19th and 20th centuries, and of the contemporary art scene in Charleroi and the region around it, the Hainaut basin and more broadly, Wallonia. This vast collection of paintings, sculptures, etchings, drawings, photographs, ceramics, videos and installations focuses on the works of artists who have a connection to the area through having been born there, having lived and worked there or having been inspired by it. The Museum is also interested in contemporary artists who in one way or another evoke this area and the major societal and human concerns proper to the age we live in. The fact that it has been assembled by reference to these criteria enables this collection to weave together the diverse threads in the history of art, both national and international, be it neoclassicism, Romanticism, Orientalism, Realism, Neo- and Post-Impressionism, Abstraction, Surrealism or modern-day art.

The current layout of the permanent collections revolves around three themes, Attachment to the land, Openness to the world and the Universal scope of the posit. It moves through a number of chapters which, following an elementary timeline, highlight the salient stages in history and in the history of art, both local and Belgian, at the same time paving the way for thinking about the place of the human in society. The artists represented include the likes of François-Joseph Navez, Jean-François Portaels, Félicien Rops, James Ensor, Rik Wouters, Anna Boch, Constantin Meunier, Maximilien Luce, Pierre Paulus, Anto Carte, René Magritte, Paul Delvaux, Armand Simon, Alphonse Darville, Gustave Camus, Marc Feulien, Jacques Lennep, Johan Muyle, Philippe Herbet and Michaël Matthys.

In line with its role as a place for discovery and experimentation, and a way of approaching art and artists, oneself and the world, the Museum boasts an Educational and Cultural Service tasked with stimulating the gaze and awakening visitors to their emotions, giving them skills and knowledge and helping them to develop their critical faculties. To do this, it offers various different types of mediation aimed at adults, young people and children in a school framework or out of school hours, as well as for toddlers, families and vulnerable sectors of the population. There are also guided tours, dynamic tours, thematic routes and creative workshops as well as lectures, storytelling visits, theatre productions and concerts, in fact a veritable host of opportunities for exchanges designed to open the doors to a constantly fresh way of looking at our heritage.

Illustrations : Vues du Musée des Beaux-Arts (c) MBArts

La valeur réelle de l'art est en fonction de son pouvoir de révélation libératrice.

René Magritte

Tout l'intérêt de l'art se troue dans le commencement. Après le commencement, c'est déjà la fin.

Pablo Picasso

Les œuvres d'art ne sont pas de purs symboles, mais de véritables objets nécessaires à la vie des groupes sociaux.

Pierre Francastel

La culture, c'est ce qui reste quand on a tout oublié.

Émile Henriot

Les excuses ne figurent pas dans l'art, les intentions n'y sont pas comptées : à tout moment l'artiste doit écouter son instinct ce qui fait que l'art est ce qu'il y a de plus réel, la plus austère école de la vie et le vrai jugement dernier.

Marcel Proust

Le doute est père de la création.



TEL+32 (0)71 86 11 34


Boulevard Mayence, 67

6000 Charleroi

Tél : 071 86 01 01 /

Schedule :

Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Weekly closing on Monday




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