Practice makes perfect

The Bruges academy and the call of abroad

21 September 2023 to 12 March 2024
Groeninge Museum (room 10)

Discover the latest collection presentation in room 10 of the Groeninge Museum.

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Augustin van den Berghe Studie 0000 GRO2175r II
A. van den Berghe (1782), 'Study after living model: standing male nude'

In the collection presentation “Practice makes perfect", we follow the journey of four alumni from the Bruges academy: Joseph-Benoît Suvée, Jean-Bernard Duvivier, Pieter Goddyn and Augustin van den Berghe.

In the second half of the 18th century, these budding artists were trained in the Bruges academy, where they studied classical form language and imitated great masters. The exhibited competition drawings from the Bruges academy show their early artistic expressions. Here they learned to copy prints, draw sculptures and capture human models on paper. These early works are supplemented with academic studies during their apprenticeship in Paris and impressions from their travels to Italy. Some drawings are linked to the notebooks belonging to former teacher and director Jan Garemijn.

The academy drawings and Garemijn's notebooks are registered and digitally accessible in “Student-Master, Figure drawings from the Bruges academy in their context (1757-1892)”, a project subsidised by the Flemish government. A unique selection of works on paper from this sub-collection belonging to Musea Brugge is taken out of from the Print Room especially for the occasion and exhibited for the first time together. Discover some budding talents from the Bruges academy in the 18th century and follow their journey from student to master.

Practical info

  • Thursday 21 September - Tuesday 12 March, 9h30-17h00 (closing day: Wednesday)
  • Groeninge Museum room 10, Dijver 12, 8000 Bruges
  • Free + museum ticket
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