Movable heritage

Encouraging interest in safeguarding our moveable heritage.

Sculptures, canvases and decorative artefacts are among the many masterpieces that bear witness to our rich heritage. The King Baudouin Foundation is committed to safeguarding significant works of our moveable heritage for future generations, through acquisitions and donations. The Heritage Fund managed by the Foundation promotes over 25,000 works and thousands of historic documents, which are exhibited in public collections across the four corners of Belgium. Collectors who wish to preserve their collections and ensure their visibility can find in the King Baudouin Foundation a reliable and rigorous partner that is attentive to their wishes and needs.

Our activities

  • promoting the Heritage Fund’s collection in Belgium and Europe, including through BRAFA (the Brussels Art Fair), exhibitions, publications and digital communication
  • support for acquisition, restoration, publication and training projects in museums and associations active in the heritage sector
  • facilitating philanthropy among donors and collectors
  • conducting innovative projects with Belgian and foreign partners.

Works of art is part of the programme Heritage and culture

More information on heritage-kbf.be

Calls for projects

Fund René and Karin Jonckheere - Call for projects 2024

Safeguarding movable cultural heritage highlighting the European dimension of Brussels

Ongoing

Culturele Mecenaatsrekening - Museum - 2024A

Raising funds to revalue your public heritage collection through a project that has a precise budget and timing.

Selection announced

Culturele Mecenaatsrekening - Museum - 2023B

Raising funds to revalue your public heritage collection through a project that has a precise budget and timing.

Selection announced

Grantees

Fondation Ars Mechanica

Fondation Ars Mechanica, erfgoed van de Herstal Groep, strategisch plan voor 2023 / Fondation Ars Mechanica – Patrimoine du Groupe Herstal – Plan Stratégique 2023

To collect, protect and enhance the heritage associated with the companies of the Herstal Group in order to preserve evidence of the rich industrial past of Liège and the rest of…

Suzanne Vanderveken

Galerie Lou Cosyn

Publication about Lou Cosyn, as René Magritte’s favourite art dealer and promotor of surrealists.

Private Art Support Foundation

Pasfoundation, PASF Fonds

Managing the art collection in accordance with the ambitions of Pasfoundation, the PASF Fund and the KBS.

Events

BRAFA Art Fair 2023

29/01/2023 10:00 until 05/02/2023 19:00

The King Baudouin Foundation will be participating in the BRAFA Art Fair, where we will present our latest acquisitions.

BRAFA Art Fair 2022

19/07/2022 10:00 until 26/07/2022 19:00

The King Baudouin Foundation will be participating in the BRAFA Art Fair, where we will present our latest acquisitions.

Portret van Marguerite

BRAFA Art Fair 2024

28/01/2024 11:00 until 04/02/2024 19:00

The King Baudouin Foundation will be participating in the BRAFA Art Fair, where we will present our latest acquisitions.

Funds and philanthropic tools

Pierre and Colette Bauchau (Fund)

Conservation and promotion, in Belgium and abroad of a silver ewer belonging to Peter Paul Rubens incised by Théodore I de Rasiers (1635-1636).

Museums of the City of Brussels (Friends of Fund)

Philanthropists support projects of the Brussels - Museums - Exhibitions non-profit organisation that promote the historical and artistic heritage of the City of Brussels.

Hortamuseum Fund (Friends of Fund)

Philanthropists support projects of the Horta Museum that disseminate knowledge about the ideas and work of Baron Victor Horta, master of Art Nouveau

Press Releases

The Treasure of Oignies, a magnificent treasure of 13th century gold and silverware, is set to leave Belgium almost entirely for the very first time

From 19 March to 20 October 2024, the Cluny Museum in Paris will present the most beautiful pieces of gold and silverwork that make up the Treasure of Oignies, property of KBF.

From a rare 17th century ‘Madonna with Child’ to masterpieces by Rops and Khnopff and a unique magazine by the Belgian surrealists: the King Baudouin Foundation is exhibiting a varied selection of stunning works at BRAFA

This year, you can once again discover several masterpieces from Belgian heritage at the booth of the KBF, which KBF recently acquired for its public collections.

Expo: ‘ART NOUVEAU. Unique objects with a tale to tell’

The KBF will be exhibiting masterpieces from its Art Nouveau collection at the BELvue Museum in Brussels from 7 June to 7 January 2024, as part of 'Art Nouveau Brussels 2023'.

Stories

La Pêche miraculeuse regains its original glory

Movable heritage

“It is rare that works of art were commissioned from Rubens for a specific church, but La Pêche miraculeuse is one such piece."
Wim Hüsken
manager of the restoration project.

The Goffinet archives shed light on Belgium’s colonial past

Movable heritage

"The intervention of the Heritage Fund enabled archives of huge historical value to be acquired, which today are making a valuable contribution to current issues."
Olivier Defrance
Historian and author of the Goffinet archives inventory