In 2018, Antwerp is celebrating the life and work of Rubens, one of its most famous artists. On top of being one of the greatest artists of the Baroque era, he is still highly influential in today's society and arts scene. A great deal of contemporary art bears the traces of his work. Why not choose this setting for your next event? Get inspired by the many possibilities Antwerp offers for hosting your next meeting or event. The charm of the city is sure to leave your guests with a lasting impression. Read on to learn why.
Antwerp, a Baroque city
It isn’t just in the art world that Rubens' influence can still be felt. The whole city of Antwerp was shaped by Rubens and indeed by the Baroque movement as a whole. In honor of this legacy, the city is hosting several exhibitions of great works from that era starting in early June and continuing well into the fall. From late 2019, there will also be a brand new Rubens Exhibition Center, complete with state-of-the-art multimedia facilities. There, you will be able to discover everything there is to know about the great man’s life and works.
In Rubens' footsteps
When Rubens arrived in Antwerp at the tender age of 12, few could have imagined the way he would transform the city into one of the most important centers of the Baroque movement. Antwerp’s year of the Baroque isn’t just a celebration of Rubens’ life and works; it’s also an exploration of the city’s own history and rich heritage. There is so much to discover in Antwerp – from architectural gems such as Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Church of Saint-Charles-Borromée, to the city's excellent museums. In particular, Rubens House and Rockox House are well worth a visit.
From challenges to chocolate
As well as private viewings at Rubens House, there are a whole range of entertaining challenges to enjoy. For example, you can dress up in period costumes and create scenes in the style of Rubens’ works. If you visit the historic city center, you will also find a whole range of gastronomic delights. These include local beer-tasting or chocolate-tasting sessions in historic locations such as the Paleis op de Meir.
Meeting in Antwerp
As the city celebrates baroque, the Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel located in the center is the perfect starting point to explore the city on foot. Facing the impressive 19th century Grand Central Station building, this recently refurbished hotel offers 253 rooms and suites designed by the American architect Michael Graves. For your events, the hotel features 15 meeting rooms spread over two floors, and can accommodate up to 600 guests. Each room is equipped with free high-speed, wireless Internet and state-of-the-art audiovisual technology to serve business or social events, whatever the occasion.
Psst! The hotel has also recently undergone a complete refurbishment! So if you like exquisite design, then you're in for a treat.