Non-European civilizations

  • The Cinquantenaire Museum is one of the most important museums for Pre-Columbian and American Indian Art.
  • Thang-ka (roll paintings), bronze and wooden figures, Buddhist ritual objects are displayed in the gallery devoted to the art of the Himalayas.
  • The ‘China’ collection, arranged thematically, gives a pretty comprehensive picture of the various disciplines of Chinese art: ceramics, jade, bronze, wood sculpture, wall painting, costumes, painting, calligraphy, furniture and decorative art.
  • The collection of Korean Art is one of the smaller collections and consists chiefly of ceramics. The section is temporarily closed.
  • An important and unique feature of this collection is that the greater part of it was assembled locally by Belgian collectors during the 19th and 20th centuries; the first items were acquired in 1854.
  • A part of the gallery Oceania is closed. See you on 26 Oct 2017 for our exhibition OCEANIA! More than 200 objects from New Zealand, Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia, Hawaii and Easter Island, as well as old maps and world maps, models of ships and archives, will be on display for the occasion.
  • The gallery Art of the Islamic World will remain closed from 4 to 12 December 2017. The design of the gallery is inspired by Islamic architecture.
  • This collection includes a number of Byzantine items, as well as examples of Byzantine art from Greece, Eastern Europe and the Near East, Russia and Ethiopia. Best known internationally is the collection of Coptic textiles (this gallery is closed).