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Roger Raveel Museum in Machelen-aan-de-Leie

The Roger Raveel Museum is a museum in the East Flemish Machelen-aan-de-Leie (municipality of Zulte). The museum is entirely dedicated to the life and work of Roger Raveel. A must visit for Raveel enthusiasts. And if you weren’t an enthusiast yet, you will become one there. There, in Machelen, at the place where Raveel has lived all his life.

The exhibition Zulma – Muze en manager is on display in the museum since February 11, 2024, and runs until May 5, 2024. In between, the exhibition Roger Raveel – De Essentie was opened on March 23.

Muse and manager
The exhibition ‘Zulma – Muze en manager’ (Zulma – Muse and manager) is a tribute to Zulma De Nijs, the woman who was not only Roger Raveel’s muse, but also his manager. Zulma was everything to Raveel. She is clearly recognizable in Raveel’s early work. She was the model for paintings that have now become classics such as ‘Woman with red arm’ (1949), ‘Woman with revolver’ (1950) or ‘Woman with decorative mirror’ (1953).
Raveel later also frequently depicted her in drawings, etchings and paintings. Zulma at the table, playing cards, solving a crossword puzzle, at the window, looking at the studio, and so on.
Zulma’s life was filled with Raveel’s artistry. She always stood up for him, fought against the misrecognition of his work in the early years and did not hesitate to blast critics.

The essence
While the exhibition ‘Zulma – Muze en manager’ runs until May 5, the exhibition ‘Roger Raveel – De essentie’ (Roger Raveel – The Essence) opened on March 23, 2024. This exhibition contains a wide selection of works from the collection of the Roger Raveel Museum. In addition to paintings and drawings, numerous elements that recur in the painter’s oeuvre are shown, such as concrete walls and posts, the white squares, the cat, the bicycle trailer, Zulma and father Gustaaf.
The exhibition ‘Roger Raveel – De essentie’ runs until October 6, 2024.

Address and contact details of the Roger Raveel Museum: Gildestraat 2-8, 9870 Machelen-aan-de-Leie (municipality of Zulte), Belgium, 0032 09 381 60 00,
Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday 11 am to 5 pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

Roger Raveel, Vrouw, 1949
Oil on paper on hardboard, 64 x 55.5 cm
Collection Roger Raveel Museum

Roger Raveel, Een schip vaart voorbij, 1971
Oil on canvas, 114 x 145 cm
Collection Roger Raveel Museum