–  Clemens Sels Museum Neuss

Daring Visions – George Minne and Léon Spilliaert

From Symbolism to Expressionism

The fascinating and mystical pictorial worlds of the Symbolists George Minne (1866-1941) and Léon Spilliaert (1881-1946) are the focus of the exhibition. For the first time, it juxtaposes two bold pioneers of modernism whose work marks the transition from Symbolism to Expressionism through formal reduction and color concentration.

We are focusing on two artists who are highly revered in their native Belgium, but who are still known to only a few in Germany. Based on our collection of Symbolism, which is unique in this country and internationally recognized, we take a first and surprising look at this groundbreaking epoch in Belgium. On the basis of around 70 paintings and sculptures, some of which are rarely or never before shown, from public and private collections in Germany and abroad, their influence on the art of the 20th century will be explored.

The exhibition is sponsored by

Museum case for the exhibition

The Museum Suitcases of the Belgium Center and the Art Department of the University of Paderborn let you experience the work and life of the two Belgian Symbolists with all your senses. Unusual perspectives and insights offer their own access to the exhibition.

In cooperation with

Related program

Every 1st Sunday of the month, parallel to the first public adult tour of the day, there is a double-pack workshop for children aged 6 and up.

Princes and princesses beware ... Today you paint yourselves! After we have taken some inspiration from the current exhibition on what portraits can look like, we'll be lending a hand ourselves. We will paint, craft and laugh for all it's worth. Take a close look, let your creativity run wild, and you'll create the perfect Christmas gift for your parents!

Date Sunday, December 03, 2023
Time 11:30 am – 1 pm
Location Clemens Sels Museum Neuss
Available places 3
Program Double and Triple Pack
Participation fee 4 € plus 2 € material costs

Lunch at the museum - Now including the city-famous Stulle from lonnes + leusch! Because: our art break has become Art & Stulle. Curator Dr. Bettina Zeman will guide you through the current exhibition in half an hour. Afterwards there is the best sandwich ever to go!

Date Wednesday, December 13, 2023
Time 1 pm – 1:30 pm
Location Clemens Sels Museum Neuss
Available places 7
Program Art & Sandwich
Participation fee 8,50 € for incl. admission and sandwich; Art:Card holders 6,50 €.

With the family tours, we would like to offer young visitors and their parents an exciting journey into the world of art. To this end, we have tailored the tour to children and supplemented it with an active craft section.

Start Sunday, December 17, 2023, 3:00 pm
End Sunday, November 19, 2023, 4:00 pm
Location Clemens Sels Museum Neuss
Available places 15
Program Public Tours
Participation fee 4 € plus admission (for adults)

Embark on a journey to the era of Belgian symbolism in this exclusive guided tour. Afterwards, a Belgian Christmas beer and a little surprise will give you the opportunity to exchange ideas.

Date Thursday, December 28, 2023
Time 6 pm – 7:30 pm
Location Clemens Sels Museum Neuss
Available places 12
Participation fee 11 € incl. beer tasting


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