Bruegel museum in Brussels blocked by Belgian bureaucracy

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Celebrations to mark 450th anniversary of death of 16th-century painter put on hold

Who knows how the Flemish Old Master Pieter Bruegel the Elder, renowned for his ability to capture the rhythms of 16th-century peasant life, would have depicted it: a very modern Belgian bureaucratic farrago that threatens to mar celebrations of his legacy.

Bruegel House, a dedicated museum to his life and work, was due to have opened in October 2019, the centrepiece of the 450th anniversary of his death. But a strict financial rule to guard against over-spending has led to the project being put on hold, despite no money being required from Belgium’s federal government.

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