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Pieter De Buysser | Robin
The Tip of the Tongue
Théâtre - Tous les onze du mois à huit heures onze.
Un philanthrope doté d’une immense foi dans le progrès et d’un défaut d’élocution entreprend de construire un vaisseau spatial. Le récit croise une forte courbure dans l’espace-temps, une petite fille lassée du Messie et un détective perdu que plus personne ne recherche. Un accélérateur de particules portatif, une douzaine de nébuleuses spirales et un trou noir majestueux. Aussi féerique que cela puisse aussi paraître, ce spectacle pour planétarium a germé de la réalité politique et scientifique d’aujourd’hui. Un exercice de diction fondamentale, cosmologique. The Tip of the Tongue ne tente pas de cartographier le monde, mais dessine une autre carte. Et le tout en onze dimensions, avec onze fables, en six fois onze minutes.
Écrivain, philosophe et conteur d’histoires, Pieter De Buysser a présenté la première de The Tip of the Tongue durant le Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2017 au planétarium de Bruxelles. À présent, il reprend le spectacle toute une saison durant : tous les onze du mois à huit heures onze.
Langue : Nederlands, English, Français (NL parlé, surtitres FR/EN)
Durée : 1h30min
Billets : €18 / €14 / €10
Via Kaaitheater :
Organisation : Kaatheater en collaboration avec le Planétarium de Bruxelles

Pieter De Buysser | Robin

The Tip of the Tongue
Theater - Iedere 11de van de maand, om 11 minuten na 20 uur.
Een filantroop met een joekel van een vooruitgangsgeloof en een spraakgebrek bouwt een schip. Er is een fameuze kromming in de ruimtetijd, er is een meisje dat even genoeg heeft van de Messias en er is een in de ruimte verloren detective waar niemand nog naar zoekt. Een draagbare deeltjesversneller, een majestueus zwart gat en een dozijn balkspiraalvormige sterrenstelsels. Een politiek en filosofisch detectiveverhaal. Een fundamentele, kosmologische spraakoefening. The Tip of the Tongue tracht de wereld niet in kaart te brengen: ze tekent een andere kaart. En dat alles in 11 dimensies, met 11 fabels, in zes keer 11 minuten.
Schrijver, filosoof en verhalenverteller Pieter De Buysser ging tijdens het Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2017 in première met The Tip of the Tongue, op locatie in het Planetarium van Brussel. Nu herneemt hij de voorstelling een heel seizoen lang: iedere 11de van de maand, om 11 minuten na 20 uur
Taal: Nederlands, English, Français (NL gesproken, boventitels FR/EN)
Duur: 1 u 30 min
Tickets: €18 / €14 / €10
Tickets via Kaaitheater:
Organisatie: Kaatheater i.s.m. Planetarium Brussel

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> 2019 | 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 27-01-2019 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Berlin as the cosmopolitan and mythical artistic hotspot of the twenties experienced an unprecedented transformation. Social, political and technological upheavals revolutionized postwar society and artistic creation.
The exhibition ‘Berlin 1912-1932’ highlights this key period. With a Belgian view of the German art scene in mind, it pays special attention to an everyday reality that was marked by crisis and utopia, ravage and euphoria, misery and decadence. Known as the ‘Golden ‘twenties’, this gripping era comes alive again through more than 200 major artworks by Otto Dix, Raoul Hausmann, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Kazimir Malevich, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Max Beckmann, George Grosz, Hannah Höch…
Discover an impressive collection of paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, films and architecture, and experience one of the most fascinating chapters of our history.

> till 27-01-2019 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Serge Vandercam & Hugo Claus
The Raft of the Medusa

Knowing each other already as members of the CoBRa group (1948-1951), Serge Vandercam (1924-2005) and Hugo Claus (1929-2008) get into contact again at the beginning of the 1960s.
Vandercam, who then lives in Albisola in Italy, creates a multitude of works with writers in the pure CoBRa tradition. During a trip to Denmark in 1961, he discovers Tollund Man, which brings him back to a brutal and libertarian figuration. Hugo Claus follows the work of the painter and writes a poem that is published in 1963 on the occasion of an exhibition of Vandercam in Rotterdam. The following year, the collaboration continues with a theme that can be regarded as the synthesis of the conducted research. The comrades switch roles: Claus paints, Vandercam writes.
The Raft of the Medusa refers to a news fact that Géricault transcended in his large painting of 1818-1819: shipwreck, reckonings, and cannibalism make the raft a concentrate of inhumanity which refers directly to the cruelty of the original sacrifice embodied by Tollund Man. Through the series of five paintings realised in a form of lyrical high, Claus and Vandercam bear witness to the permanence of both an insurrectional and libertarian CoBRa spirit.

> till 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.

> till 24-03-2019 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Maurice Wyckaert

After Jules Schmalzigaug, Ferdinand Schirren, Marc Mendelson, Lismonde and Walter Leblanc, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium honour one of the major figures of post-war art in Belgium with this retrospective dedicated to Maurice Wyckaert (1923-1996).
Following his studies at the Academy of Brussels and the “Vrije Atelier” of Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Maurice Wyckaert starts off in a style similar to that of Jean Brusselmans. Deeply marked by the Flemish Expressionism, he updates the latter by directing it towards a lyrical abstraction combined with a calligraphical aspiration. Oriented towards the Germanic culture and attentive to innovations coming fromthe other side of the Atlantic, Wyckaert develops a personal body of work that is characterised by the expansion of the use of colours.On the canvas, this is unfolded like in so many inner landscapes that reflect a quest for identity, in which the Flemish sentiment plays a decisive role. Being close to CoBRa through Asger Jorn and Serge Vandercam, co-founder in 1955 of the magazine “Meridiaan” and the gallery Taptoe, Maurice Wyckaert then joins the Situationist International and the International Movement for an Imaginist Bauhaus. It is he who will read the “Déclaration au nom de la quatrième conférence de l’Internationale Situationiste” (Declaration on behalf of the fourth conference of the Situationist International) at the institute for contemporary arts on September 28, 1960.

> till 01-09-2019 | Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

Teddy & Bear
an exhibition children can visit with their teddy
When you were little you probably had a teddy bear, but did you ever want to find out more about real bears? Get to know the necessities in Teddy & Bear! Our temporary exhibition will explain their evolution and relationship with prehistoric humans. We’ll answer questions such as when and where did bears first emerge? How long have bears and humans coexisted in Europe? Were there cave bears in Belgium? Did prehistoric humans hunt them? The exhibition also focuses on how they live. How many bear species are there today? What are their characteristics? What are they like? Where do they live? Are they really clumsy? Are some of them good swimmers, climbers and runners? Do they only eat honey? Do they all go to sleep in winter? Is the yeti a bear too?

> 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.


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