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Madonna meets Mad Meg

Masterpieces and Their Collectors

It goes without saying that Bruegel and Fouquet are the real masters behind ‘Dulle Griet’ and The Madonna. Yet it is thanks to master collectors that we are able to enjoy these outstanding works today. Step into the world of connoisseurs Fritz and Florent and discover their relentless nose for beauty.

  • Saturday 5 October 2019 until Sunday 9 January 2022 from 10:00 to 17:00

Florent van Ertborn (1784–1840) and Fritz Mayer van den Bergh (1858–1901) collected paintings, sculptures, manuscripts and other art objects with immense passion. Their acquisitions were often bargains, sometimes investments and occasionally brilliant discoveries.

Beginning on 5 October 2019, this pair of astute collectors invite you to visit the Mayer van den Bergh Museum in Antwerp, where Fritz and Florent will sweep you up in their passion for collecting and share several of their masterpieces. The highlight is the recently restored Dulle Griet (‘Mad Meg’) by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Specially for this exhibition, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts (KMSKA), which is currently closed for renovation, is showing a number of masterpieces again for the first time in several years, including Fouquet’s enigmatic Madonna.


Practical information

Exhibition 'Madonna meets Mad Meg. Masterpieces and Their Collectors'

  • Until January 9, 2022
  • Admission: € 8.00 / € 6.00 / free 
  • Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed: Mondays and public holidays (1 November, 25 December, 1 January, 1 May and 15 August) Open exceptionally on Easter Monday and Whit Monday.


  • Duration 90 minutes
  • Capacity: max. 10 persons per guide while Covid restrictions apply. max. 15 persons per guide when Covid restrictions are lifted
  • Languages NL – ENG – FR – GER -SP – IT
  • Price guided tour: € 105, not including museum entry fee (€ 8 p.p. or, for groups of 12 or more: € 6 p.p.)
  • The museum has a listening system, so that the guide can be heard perfectly.
  • Reservation:


The Mayer van den Bergh Museum is a historic house with a lot of stairs. The exhibition is on the first floor. Access for wheelchair users is limited to the ground floor. 


In collaboration with the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp.