COLNAGHI Gallery is presenting an exhibition with old master works in Brussels

Less is More: Redefining the Kunstkamer

COLNAGHI - one of the oldest commercial art galleries in the world and one of the leading galleries in Old Master paintings - is presenting Less is More: Redefining the Kunstkamer, a pop-up exhibition from April 19 to April 30, 2023. A temporary space will redefine the concept of Kunstkamer, which appeared in Flanders in the early 17th century, and contrasting with the aesthetic canons of today. 

Therefore, the exhibition will be hosted in an exceptional space in Brussels on rue Américaine, just in front of the Horta Museum. The minimalist architecture of the building will enable the viewer to take a fresh look at a concept that has evolved over the past 300 years.

From richly ornated collectors cabinets to the simplicity of post-war void spaces, the exhibition aims to question the way our interaction with art and architecture is changing over time.

The exhibition will showcase a selection of the finest old and modern master works amongs which a masterpiece by the Antwerp baroque painter Cornelis Norbertus Gysbrechts After the Falcon hunt. His work is a perfect example of northern trompe l’oeil painting, illustrayting the rich iconography of Flemish kunstkamers. This remarkable large-scale painting will generously be loaneed by the Musée d'Ixelles for the exhibition and consequently highlighting the quality of the museum's art collection.

The gallery has branches in London, New York and Madrid, but none in Belgium yet. Still, COLNAGHI has strong ties with Belgium, both because of Belgium's rich art history and its many collectors and museums of ancient art. The decision to open a representative office in Brussels in 2022 leads to events and temporary shows like the one Colnaghi is presenting this Spring.

Less is More: Redefining the Kunstkamer
19 April - 30 April 2023

Location: ​
New Hope Gallery
26 – 28, Rue Américaine
1060 Brussels


  • Frans Francken
  • Franciscus Gysbrechts
  • Cornelis Norbertus Gysbrechts
  • Bartolomeo Cavarrozzi
  • Willem de Poorter
  • Carl Wilhelm de Hamilton
  • Massimo Stanzione
  • Jacob Toorenvliet
  • Georgius Jacobus Johannes van Os
  • Wenceslaus Hollar 
  • Govaert Flinck
  • Léon Spilliaert
  • Cy Twombly

The exhibition will open for a Preview on Wednesday April 19. Please confirm your attendance to the preview via

The exhibition is generously supported by Banque Transatlantique Belgium. 

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Founded in 1760, COLNAGHI is one of the oldest commercial art galleries in the world and one of the few to specialize in works of art from antiquity to the modern era. Since the late nineteenth century, COLNAGHI been a leading dealership in Old Master paintings, prints, and drawings, selling masterpieces to the greatest collectors and museums of the Gilded Age. With galleries today in London, New York, and Madrid, Colnaghi presents rare objects 

from the Ancient World, the finest Old Masters, and Modern masterpieces, providing its clients with expert advice and opportunities to cross collect across centuries and media. ​ ​ 

Since 2015, COLNAGHI is directed by CEO and owner Jorge Coll. Carlos A. Picón, longtime curator of Greek and Roman art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, oversees COLNAGHI New York, which reopened under his directorship in 2017. 

2022 marks the opening of a representative office in Brussels managed by Philippe Henricot, expanding the gallery’s international presence in continental Europe.


(header image: Cornelis Norbertus Gysbrechts (Antwerp, 1610 – 1675). After the Falcon Hunt, 1671. Oil on canvas. 124.5 x 184.5 cm. Courtesy of Musée d’Ixelles)



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