The FeliXart museum manages a collection of some 1500 paintings and 2000 drawings of Felix De Boeck (1898 - 1995). The fact that as a prominent avant-gardist he made the choice to establish himself in his familial farm in Drogenbos and to engage in agriculture to make a living, makes this multi-faceted artist unique in the history of art in Belgium. The collection contains a hundred or so works from the avant-garde period that now form the basis of the museum’s operations. The museum evolved within a short time from a monographic museum to a thematic museum that focuses on Modernism, the art of the avant-garde and Abstract Art. The work, the homestead and the spiritual heritage of the painter-farmer remain the point of departure and the source of inspiration of the museum’s operations.
After the first gift in 1969 of 71 works, Felix De Boeck gifted 637 paintings to the Flemish Community in 1992, which then engaged in building a museum on the grounds that were gifted to the community of Drogenbos. The official opening took place in 1996, one year after the death of the artist. Architect Rob Geys designed the modernist building after the spirit of the early geometric work by De Boeck.
In 2011, the Felix De Boeck Foundation made an exceptional gift to the Province of Flemish-Brabant, which entrusted the management to the FeliXart Museum. In addition to an overview of his oeuvre of 1660 drawings, this gift consisted of an extensive archive comprised of correspondences, art books and periodicals, photos and audio-visual material. It deals with one of the largest overview collections of a Belgian modernist artist that is preserved in its entirety. The FeliXart Museum also manages the personal collection of Felix De Boeck that was primarily assembled in the 1920’s and 1930’s. It includes works by his colleagues from the modernist period: Karel Maes, Pierre-Louis Flouquet, Prosper De Troyer, Maurice Xrhouet, Jozef Peeters and Marcel Lempereur-Haut.
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