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> 22-07-2018 to 02-09-2018 | BELSPO

Science and Culture at the Royal Palace 2018
In association with the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, the ten Federal Scientific Institutes, the National Geographic Institute and the War Heritage Institute, BELSPO is offering Belgian and international visitors a unique view of art and science through an amazing insight into artworks or research objects from our federal cultural and scientific heritage.
From diverse backgrounds, our scientists express wonder through their discipline and offer a selection of astonishing scientific instruments, works and brilliant achievements reflecting their research works.
This exhibition gives BELSPO the opportunity to contribute to the popularisation of knowledge and the promotion of federal collections for the pleasure of all.

Conferences and symposia

Conferences, symposia and education activities
of the Federal Scientific Institutes

> 2018 | Planetarium

Activities at the Planetarium - New film: Explore.

> 12|14-09-2018 | Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage

The Bruegel Success Story Colloquium
Symposium XXI for the Study of Underdrawing and Technology in Painting

The Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK/IRPA) is honoured to announce the Bruegel Success Story Colloquium in Brussels on 12-14 September 2018.
The colloquium is intended for curators, art-historians, conservators and scientists studying painting from the Southern Netherlands in the 16th century.
The Triennial colloquium is alternately organized by KIK/IRPA, UCL, KU Leuven, and Musea Brugge. This year, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and the University of Liège are joint organizers.
Conference Venue: Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium, Place du Musée, B-1000 Brussels.
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> 29|30-09-2018 | Royal Observatory of Belgium

Open doors 2018
Do you want to visit the Royal Observatory of Belgium? Come to the OpenDoors on September 29 and 30 in Brussels. This is not a regular event, so do not miss the opportunity to discover meteorology, aeronomy and astronomy

of the Federal Scientific Institutes

2018| Royal Museum for Central Africa - Pop-up Museum

During the closure for renovation, we become a pop-up museum: you can find us at various locations with exhibitions and activities for everyone.

2018 | Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage

Victor Horta: online photo exhibition
All through the year 2018 the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) will participate in the project Horta Inside Out by offering the public and specialists alike a broad access to its collection of negatives illustrating numerous creations of the architect Victor Horta. Our photo library indeed contains hundreds of photos of buildings designed by the protagonist of Art Nouveau and Art Deco architecture in Belgium. Most of these are located in the Brussels Region, but there are also some examples in Flanders and Wallonia.

> 2018 | Planetarium

Ça schtroumpfe à l’Observatoire!
Un des précédents directeurs de l’Observatoire royal de Belgique était un ami de Peyo. Ensemble, ils choisirent d’illustrer l’actualité des recherches en sciences de la Terre à l’Observatoire avec les Schtroumpfs. Ainsi, dès 1966, les petits hommes bleus ont égayé pas moins de 18 cartes de vœux inspirées par les recherches et les instruments de l’Observatoire. Ces cartes vous sont ici présentées, accompagnées de quelques-uns des instruments qui y sont illustrés.

Smurfen op de Sterrenwacht!
Een voormalige directeur van de Koninklijke Sterrenwacht van België was een goede vriend van Peyo. Samen vatten ze het idee op om de nieuwigheden in het aardwetenschappelijk onderzoek aan de Sterrenwacht te illustreren aan de hand van de Smurfen. Zo verschijnen vanaf 1966 niet minder dan 18 wenskaarten met de vrolijke kleine blauwe mannetjes, geïnspireerd door het onderzoek en de instrumenten van de Sterrenwacht. Deze kaarten worden hier samen met enkele van de geïllustreerde instrumenten tentoongesteld.

> till 19-08-2018 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Hiroshi Sugimoto - Still Life
The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium are pleased to welcome the work of Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto in its exhibition "Still Life". Some forty photographs are displayed in two rooms in the museum. These works will interact with works of ancient art that are displayed nearby. Sugimoto's work is reminiscent of that of the Flemish primitives - true precursors of photography - with whom they share many characteristics such as richness in details and depths, surprising light effects or thoughts on nature. Born in 1948, Sugimoto studied Oriental Philosophy at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Through his work, he combines Western art and Eastern mysticism. His works have served as a bridge between heritage and ideologies of the East and the West. He is best known for his seascapes, which he began to photograph in the 1980s.

> till 19-08-2018 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Jan Fabre - My Queens
Meet Fabre’s beloved ladies and discover a completely different aspect of this multidisciplinary artist’s oeuvre.
With the expo “My Queens”, Fabre honours the important women in his life while simultaneously creating a dialogue with the Flemish artistic tradition within the historic setting of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. Amongst the works of baroque master Jacques Jordaens, Fabre presents eight monumental marble bas-reliefs of women close to him. Their regal profile contrasts with their paper party hats. These pieces represent the noble character of the artist’s friendships and the festive atmosphere connected with it. In the centre of the room, the work “My Future Queen” can be found: a white marble sculpture of Her Royal Highness Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant, also wearing a party hat. The statue of the Crown Princess is at the centre of different artistic dialogues in the space and stands right between the present and the past, looking towards the future.

> till 19-08-2018 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Michel Mouffe - Thinking the veil
The exhibition presents a new series of works that the artist has specifically created for the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium.
Mouffe’s paintings take the visitor on a journey into the enigmatic world of colours. Between clarity and darkness, overwhelming feelings immerse the visitor into art work­s that express the artist’s quest for colours and light.
Michel Mouffe was born in 1957 in Brussels. His first exhibition was held at the end of a one year stay in a house by Le Corbusier that he used as a studio. Since 1983, Mouffe exhibited his work in various European countries, in Asia and in the US. He lives and works in Brussels, Le Poët-Laval (France) and in La Mola (Spain).

> till 26-08-2018 | Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

In Monkeys, explore the depths of the jungle and discover the extraordinary variety of primates. Learn about where they live, how they move, what they eat, how they communicate, what are they threatened by and how we can protect them.
From the 11th of October 2017 at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels
An exhibition of the National Museums Scotland touring in association with Nomad Exhibitions

> till 30-09-2019 | Royal Museums for Art and History

From Tiepolo to Richter, European dialogue
The leading European foundations active in safeguarding our cultural heritage are presenting some of the major works from their collections as part of the exhibition ‘From Tiepolo to Richter, European dialogue’. The exhibition will remind us how, over the centuries, heritage has encouraged encounters between Europeans. The initiative was born on the occasion of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, a perfect opportunity for European foundations active in this field to make the public more aware of their work. Art and culture have always been excellent ambassadors. The prestigious works to be shown in Brussels provide echoes of the great and small history of all Europeans.
The works have been selected by each of the 14 participating foundations and result in an astonishing variety of works being exhibited alongside each other. Artists from a bygone age include Auguste Rodin, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Jacob Jordaens and Albrecht Dürer whilst the modern era is represented by works created by Gerhard Richter, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Constant, Maria Helena Vieira da Silva and Léon Spilliaert among others.

> till 18-11-2018 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Nicolas Party
Invited at the Magritte Museum

Several works by René Magritte are exceptionally crossing the ocean, for the exhibition “René Magritte: The Fifth Season” at the prestigious San Francisco Museum of Modern Arts (SF MoMA) from 19 May until 28 October 2018. During this period, the Magritte Museum presents works of the contemporary artist Nicolas Party, who created a unique dialogue with Magritte’s fascinating universe. Nicolas Party’s playful and colorful creations – exclusively made for the Magritte Museum – will turn the place upside down!

> till 25-11-2018 | Halle Gate

Little Life
Cuisiner, dresser la table, dépoussiérer, faire les lits, recevoir des invités, ranger la maison, … La vie quotidienne de la maison est une source d’inspiration inépuisable pour les jouets d’enfants. Grâce aux poupées, maisons de poupées, petites cuisinières et services miniatures, les enfants inventent des histoires et imitent les occupations domestiques des adultes. Il y a plus de 100 ans ce type de jouets était fabriqué pour les petites filles des classes aisées.
L’exposition Little Life emmène le visiteur vers ce joli monde miniature qui illustre à merveille la vie quotidienne des milieux bourgeois du milieu du XIXe siècle et du début du XXe siècle.
La base de l’exposition est une exceptionnelle maison de poupées fabriquée autour de 1900 selon le modèle d’une habitation bruxelloise néoclassique. Grâce à cet objet exceptionnel et à d’autres jouets d’époque, l’exposition donne une image de la maison depuis le salon jusqu’à la salle de bain, de sa décoration et de la vie quotidienne d’une famille bourgeoise de cette époque.
Pour les enfants : une mise en scène comprenant des activités ludiques et une animation 3D font de cette exposition une expérience vivante et attractive. Après l’exposition, les enfants peuvent s’amuser avec une grande maison de poupées, construire la leur ou se détendre dans le coin lecture.

Little Life
Koken, poetsen, de tafel dekken, het bed opmaken, bezoek ontvangen, een huis inrichten,… Het dagelijks leven in huis is een onuitputtelijk inspiratiebron voor het kinderspel. Met poppen, poppenhuizen, fornuisjes, meubeltjes en serviesjes verzinnen kinderen verhalen en doen ze de huiselijke bezigheden van volwassenen na. Meer dan 100 jaar geleden was dit soort speelgoed voorbehouden voor meisjes uit de rijkere klassen.
De tentoonstelling Little Life neemt de bezoeker mee naar deze mooie kleine wereld, die op prachtige wijze het huiselijk leven van de burgerlijke milieus uit de 19de en het begin van de 20ste eeuw verbeeld.
Basis van de tentoonstelling is een uitzonderlijk poppenhuis, vervaardigd rond 1900 naar het model van een Brusselse neoklassieke woning. Samen met allerlei ander antiek speelgoed vertellen we van salon tot badkamer hoe een woning, het interieur en het dagelijks leven van een gegoede familie eruit zag.
Voor de kids: een ludieke mise-en-scène met DIY-opdrachten en een 3D animatie zorgen voor extra beleving in de tentoonstelling. Na de tentoonstelling kunnen de kinderen terecht op de speelzolder om zelf een poppenkamer te ontwerpen, zich te vermaken met een mega groot poppenhuis of weg te dromen in de boekenhoek.

> till 30-12-2018 | Royal Museums for Art and History

Reopening of the Wolfers Frères jewelry store
created by Victor Horta

105 years after the official inauguration of the Wolfers Frères jewellery business in 1912, visitors will once again be able to admire the shop in its original form. To do this, the Cinquantenaire museum has cleared a room of approximately the same shape and area as that originally foreseen by Victor Horta in the building in rue d’Arenberg in Brussels.
On the basis of a thorough historical study, the showcases and the counters will be reinstalled as Horta designed them in his time. First, it was necessary to take down the provisional arrangement of a part of the furniture in the museum and then obtain from storage the remaining interior elements. Even the original entrance doors will be reintegrated into the whole. Visitors will be able to walk around an identical reconstruction of the room, like elite customers of the past.
The interior layout of the shop has been restored to the highest standards. The Cuban mahogany furniture has been cleaned and the original layer of varnish refurbished. The velvet interior furnishing of the showcases has been re-woven based on the original material. The patina of the bronze decorations has been refreshed. The harmony of the colours desired by Horta emerges once again: a sublime combination of the deep red polished mahogany, the dark green velvet, and the golden accents of the bronze decorations, all in total accord with the mauve colour of the walls. Thanks to this detailed restoration and refinishing, visitors will have the illusion of crossing once again the threshold into a Brussels shop for luxury goods.

> till 26-02-2020 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Gao Xingjian - The awakening of consciousness
Six monumental works by Gao Xingjian, especially created for the room they are displayed in. In his 'awakenings of consciousness', the artist invites the wanderer to cross the image and to encounter, beyond the ink, the idea itself in its existential nudity… a space where the museums (re)devote themselves to contemplation.
Nobel prize in Literature winner in 2000, Gao Xingjian, Frenchman of Chinese descent, considers himself a 'go-between' between the Oriental world which forms the basis of his identity and the Occidental world of which he discusses the idea of modernity. His work also constitutes a gateway between painting and writing.

> till 16-03-2020 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Bruegel. Unseen Masterpieces
When art meets technology

Drawing on a wide spectrum of virtual and on-site experiences, this unique initiative offers everyone the chance to immerse themselves in Bruegel’s works by honing in on the details of each painting and accessing expert knowledge. By delving deeper into the artist’s world, the viewer will discover the unexpected elements in Bruegel’s works which constitute the pinnacle of the Flemish master’s craft. The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium launched this project jointly with the Google Cultural Institute in anticipation of the 450th anniversary of Bruegel’s death, in 2019. The project brings together major international museums, many of which are European, around the focal figure of Bruegel the Elder. This innovative concept is the fruit of in- -depth thinking on current transformations in the field of museology as it adapts to the digital era.depth thinking on current transformations in the field of museology as it adapts to the digital era.

> till 21-06-2020 | Halle Gate

Back to Bruegel
Experience the 16th century

The Halle Gate, a uniquely preserved section of the medieval defensive wall of Brussels, appeals to the imagination. In 2019 it will also become a virtual gateway into Bruegel's universe. Virtual reality technology will carry you into an astonishing immersion in Bruegel's paintings. Experience the 16th century in the flesh through face-to-face contact with original objects from the Royal Museums of Art and History: treasures from the New World, musical instruments, scientific measuring devices, weapons and armour. Up above the old city gate, you can enjoy an impressive view over the city. And high-tech binoculars will transport you into Brussels and the surrounding countryside on the time of Bruegel.


Future Exhibitions
of the Federal Scientific Institutes

> 01-10-2018 > 30-01-2019 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

The New Berlin
Portrait de Berlin comme carrefour européen.
Fresque d’une époque entre crises et visions utopistes.
Interrogation sur le rapport entre art et histoire, art et société.

Berlin, cosmopolite et métropole des arts entre mythe et réalité, mais aussi capitale de la première démocratie allemande, était devenu au début du 20e siècle un épicentre d'un art et d'une culture pluraliste. Dans ce carrefour des cultures entre Est et Ouest, les arts visuels furent particulièrement liés à la réalité quotidienne d'une époque de crises et de bouleversements sociales et d'une prospérité fragile et décadente connue comme les «Années folles ».
L'exposition suivra une chronologie sommaire de 1913 à 1932, se concentrant sur les réactions artistiques à la métropole et aux changements sociétaux et politiques. Elle s'interrogera sur les effets que la métropole, l'avant-garde, la guerre, les révolutions et l'effondrement de l'ancien ordre et les crises et bouleversements sociaux qui endé coulaient avaient sur l'art.

The New Berlin
Portret van Berlijn als Europees kruispunt.
Schets van een crisiperiode en utopische visies.
Vragen rond de relatie tussen kunst en geschiedenis, tussen kunst en maatschappij.

Aan het begin van de 20ste eeuw werd Berlijn, kosmo- en metropool tussen mythe en realiteit, tevens de hoofdstad van de eerste Duitse democratie, hét epicentrum van pluralistische kunstuiting en cultuur. Op dit kruispunt van culturen tussen Oost en West, weerspiegelden de plastische kunsten rechtstreeks de alledaagse werkelijkheid in tijden van crisis en sociale omwenteling. De welvaart was broos en decadent. Men verwijst naar deze periode dan ook als die van de "Années folles". 
De tentoonstelling schetst de periode 1913-1932, met de nadruk op artistieke antwoorden op de metropool en de sociale en politieke veranderingen. Ze belicht de invloed van de grootstad op de avant-garde van de oorlog, de sociale revolutie en de ineenstorting van het oude regime op de kunst.

> 23-11-2018 > 24-03-2019 | Royal Museums for Art and History

INCA Dress Code: Textiles and adornment of the Andes
The Royal Museum of Art and History’s « Americas » collections are among the finest and most extensive in Europe. Although the various Andean cultures (Peru, Bolivia and Chili) are well-known mainly for their ceramics, their precious metalwork, and their mummies, the public does not have a clear picture of how these people lived and dressed. Textiles were particularly valued because they were considered an extremely precious commodity: they were not only items for wearing, but also symbols of power and identity and could be used as offerings or as a currency of exchange.


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