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of the Federal Scientific Institutes

> 2017 | Planetarium

Activities at the Planetarium - Film 360°: The Blind Man with Starry Eyes.
New film: Solar Superstorms.


Exhibitions
of the Federal Scientific Institutes

2017 | 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.

> till 15-01-2018 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Digital Experience
The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium are six Museums that conserve, study and protect a legacy of more than 20,000 works. The collection of masterpieces from the 15th to 21st centuries, from the Flemish Primitives to contemporary art, offers a narrative of our history through painting, sculpture and drawings, but also photography and video.
Digital media have brought far-reaching changes to the museology of art, and represent a field the RMFAB wish to pioneer. Following several successful projects, such as Bruegel. Unseen Masterpieces in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture, they are continuing with a “Digital Experience”, to be installed this time in the Forum, at the heart of the Museums. Four touchscreens present the collections through high quality photographs and commentaries written by the Museums’ professional staff. This “Digital Experience” will continue to expand with new works, videos and archive documents.

> till 18-02-2018 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Magritte, Broodthaers & Contemporary Art
50 years after his passing, René Magritte still fascinates. He questions our views and our minds and endlessly challenges certainties. Magritte’s mysterious and interrogative work continues to intrigue the artistic world far beyond his time, from pop and conceptual art to the most contemporary creations. The exhibition highlights this legacy through a dialogue between original works by Magritte and their interpretation by modern and contemporary artists. Marcel Broodthaers undoubtedly best embodies this artistic affiliation: his reflections concern both the status of the object and that of language. Other artists such as Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, César, Sean Landers, David Altmejd, George Condo and Gavin Turk renew our understanding of Belgium’s greatest surrealist. Over 150 paintings, sculptures, installations, drawings, photographs, films and archival documents are gathered in this unique exhibition. The experience is prolonged in the Musée Magritte Museum, where current creations interact with the largest collection of works by Magritte in the world.
The exhibition is exceptionally open every day. For the occasion, the Magritte Museum will also be open 7/7.

> till 18-02-2018 | Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique

Marcel Lecomte The secret chambers of surrealism
From 1960 to 1966, Lecomte’s contribution in the Royal Museums of Fine Arts was much appreciated. Shortly after his death, his personal archives and library were handed to the Archives of Contemporary Art. The exhibition uncovers several of these documents, as well as works by artists and writers that were dear to him, photographs, items of his correspondence, some outstanding publications of the surrealist movement, film clips and radio recordings. Son of the painter Émile Lecomte, Marcel Lecomte (1900-1966) entered into artistic life in 1918 under the influence of Clément Pansaers, the most eminent Belgian "Dada". He then joined the modernists of the 7 Arts magazine before rallying to the Correspondance group under the leadership of Paul Nougé, and thus Surrealism. In 1923, he revealed the work of Giorgio de Chirico to René Magritte. His poetic work is characterized by a careful attention to surprises and coincidences, with an acute sense of the moment.He saw in the work of art the magic mirror of the artist. At the end of the war, Pierre Alechinsky produced two illustrations for his book Le Sens des Tarots. He would also be the central figure of Salon Noir, the first significant ‘installation’ created by Broodthaers, in 1966.

> till 18-03-2018 | Belgian State Archives

Brussels, welcoming city?
Starting October 13, the Jewish Museum of Belgium will host the exhibition 'Brussels: welcoming city?'. Co-organised by the Jewish Museum and the Belgian State Archives, this exhibition recalls nearly two centuries (from 1830 until today) of migration history, focusing on the life stories of newcomers who either passed through the Belgian capital, or settled there forever. The historical narrative is complemented by a presentation of recent work by immigrant artists, devoted to the cultural diversity of present-day Brussels. Today, more than 180 nationalities live together in Brussels. This number reflects the presence of numerous immigrants, who each carry their personal life story and hopes for the future. Since the beginning of Belgian independence (1830), various waves of immigration have followed one another. Why did these newcomers leave their home countries? Was Brussels a welcoming refuge for them?
Brussels: Welcoming City? recalls how the Belgian capital gradually transformed itself into a multicultural microcosm. Through family photographs, testimonies, and a variety of objects brought by foreigners, the exhibition outlines two centuries of immigration history.

> till 15-04-2018 | Musical Instrument Museum

Alive!
The story of Estonian folk instruments

Half a year long the Estonian Republic will celebrate its centennial in the Mim with an exhibition, concerts and workshops. The Estonians cherish their musical heritage as few others do. With their Singing Revolution in 1987-1991 they freed themselves from Soviet rule Estonian folk music is a fascinating mix of age-old Baltic traditions and more recent West European influences.
Ancestral instruments such as the kannel zither, the hiiu kannel bowed lyre and the torupill bagpipe are played along newer instruments such as the fiddle and the accordion, each with their own repertoire. All these instruments can be experienced in image and sound in the magical ambience of Estonian landscapes, as the music of this sparsely populated country is intimately linked with its natural surroundings. Some instruments can even be tried out on the spot. This exhibition has been designed by the colleagues of the Estonian Theatre and Music Museum in the capital, Tallinn.

> till 25-04-2018 | Cinquantenaire Museum

Oceania: Travelling through the 5th continent
From James Cook to the 21st century, Oceania remains etched in our collective western collective consciousness to the idea of great journeys and the unknown. This will be the main theme of Oceania - Travelling through the 5th continent. The exhibition crosses the great ocean in the footsteps of eighteenth-century explorers, in search of the aesthetics of Oceanian art and its cultural context made up by ethnography and archeology. The rich collections of the Royal Museums of Art and History (Cinquantenaire Museum and Museum of Musical Instruments) and the Royal Museum for Central Africa will be featured in this exhibition. More than 200 objects from New Zealand, Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia, Hawaii and Easter Island, as well as old maps and world maps, models of ships and archives, will be on display for the occasion.

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

Monkeys
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 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.


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.


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