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Bouts and beyond
Stories, personalities, and perspectives of 1468 and now

20/10/23 - 14/01/24

Get acquainted with Dieric Bouts and his unique relationship with the Leuven Town Hall. Which painting is his? What story did he hope to tell with it? And what does it mean to us today?

Swept up in Bouts’ wake, we invite you to stroll the Town Hall’s historic halls. Journey from 1468 to the present day as authentic archive documents and audiovisual installations immerse you in the stories, personalities, and perspectives of then and now.

In 1468, Dieric Bouts was prestigiously commissioned to paint an exemplum iustitae (justice scenes) for the newly completed town hall. A highly respected master, Bouts selected the legendary ‘Justice of Emperor Otto III’ as his subject. Augustinian theologian Van Haeght was his source of inspiration.

Bout’s artwork consists of two panels – a diptych – one of which was only completed after his death. Discover the story behind the original piece and unravel the plot of the nineteenth-century copy still hanging in the Town Hall today.

Join the visitor trail with its fascinating stories and perspectives to gain insight into Bouts, his perspective on justice, and what fair justice means today.

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind experience. Visit the Bouts Trail (in Dutch or English) starting 20 October 2023, open from Wednesday to Sunday between 11am and 5pm.

  • Audio guide available in English and Dutch.
Opening hours

From Wednesday till Sunday: 11:00 - 17:00

Closing days

  • Saturday 25.11 (open at 14:00)
  • Thursday 30.11
  • Friday 01.12 (open at 15:00)
  • Saturday 16.12
  • Sunday 24.12 (last time slot: 14:00)
  • Sunday 31.12 (last time slot: 14:00)

Tickets available from 01/09/2023