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.

Movable heritage is part of the programme Heritage and culture

More information on heritage-kbf.be

Calls for projects

Culturele Mecenaatsrekening - Museum - 2024B

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

Ongoing

Culturele Mecenaatsrekening - Museum

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

Selection announced

Fonds Sophie Wittemans - Call for projects 2024 for organisations

Support for research into the history of Guiding and Scouting in Belgium, with a view to publications on the subject.

Selection announced

Grantees

Wiels

Steun voor belangrijkste WIELS-tentoonstellingen in 2023 / Soutien aux principales expositions au WIELS en 2023

In addition to the exhibitions, support for complementary events tailored to a wide audience (tailor-made guided tours, screenings, concerts, lectures, publications).

Wiels

Tentoonstellingsprogramma 2022 / Programme d’expositions 2022

Philanthropists support Wiels'projects which set up exhibitions of national and international artists, both established and emerging talent. Support for contemporary art exhibiti…

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).

Netwerk (Friends of Fund)

Philanthropists support the projects of Network Aalst, which acts as a meeting place, an international centre for contemporary art and an independent film house.

René and Karin Jonckheere (Fund)

Safeguarding movable cultural heritage highlighting the European dimension of Brussels which are preserved in public institutions in Brussels or elsewhere in Europe.

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