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21.11.2019 - Seminar
Open Science Seminar 2019
'Open Science in Belgium: EOSC Initiatives'

Palace of the Academies, Brussels

Last year the Belgian Science Policy units of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, the Flemish and Federal Authorities welcomed you at the Palace of Academies for a first conference on Open Access in Belgium. Since last winter, new developments in the field of Open Science, particularly pertaining to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), persuaded the above mentioned entities to renew efforts to inform the Belgian research community. How has Open Science Policy been unfolding in Belgium? Which Belgian partners have joined the EOSC project? What roles have been assigned to Belgian representatives and experts within its governance? This second Belgian Open Science seminar wishes to take up a tradition of informative and interactive commitment towards the Belgian research community.
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Conferences, symposia and education activities
of the Federal Scientific Institutes


of the Federal Scientific Institutes

> 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 09.02.2020 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Dalí & Magritte
Two surrealist icons in dialogue

The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium dedicate an exceptional exhibition to Salvador Dalí and René Magritte. For the first time ever, the connection and influences between the two greatest icons of the surrealist movement are highlighted.

> till 09.02.2020 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Chiharu Shiota
Me Somewhere Else

Chiharu Shiota's (Osaka, 1972) spectacular installations transform the spaces in which they unfold, and immerse the visitor in the artist's universe. They combine textile materials such as wool and cotton with various elements, sculpted shapes or used objects.

> till 16-02-2020 | KBR (Royal Library Albert I)

The World of Bruegel in Black and White
Bruegel is a world-renowned painter, but in the 16th century it wasn’t his paintings he was known for - it was his graphic work which brought him widespread fame. This 2019 exhibition offers you the opportunity to get up close and personal with Bruegel’s famous prints. As a pioneer in the rediscovery of Bruegel’s lesser-known masterpieces, the Royal Library of Belgium will exhibit its complete collection of prints during this special Bruegel year, at ‘The World of Bruegel in Black and White’.

> 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 29-03-2020 | Musée Arts et Histoire

Travelling through Middle Ages

From September 2019 to March 2020, we will host the travelling exhibition “Crossroads. Travelling through the Middle Ages”. After Amsterdam, Bonn and Athens the Art & History Museum Brussels will show this wide variety of unique and exceptional objects presenting different materials and techniques from all over Europe from the period popularly known as ‘The Dark Ages’. Crossroads throws new light on this misconception, presenting a fascinating image of migration, contact and exchange – of the birth of Europe. Diverse artefacts, going from Visigoth jewellery to parchment manuscripts with Runes and from golden coins from Byzantine Emperors to Coptic textiles with stunning colours and motifs, reveal this cultural exchange.

> 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.

> till 30-08-2020 | Muséum des Sciences Naturelles

Explore the Antarctic as if you were really there! The Antarctica exhibition takes you on an expedition to Adélie Land, on the outskirts of the French Dumont d’Urville base. Are you ready?
Start in the changing room where divers prepare before sliding into the frozen water in the Southern Ocean with seals and penguins. Join them in the watery depths teaming with strange and beautiful species. When you resurface, you’ll find yourself in the heart of an icefield, just a few metres from an emperor penguin colony. Take a seat and listen to their calls, observe how they look after their young and watch them huddle together for warmth. There is so much to see in this 360 ° landscape!
Antarctica is an immersive exhibition about the heart of the continent exclusively accessible to scientists. Superb films are projected onto big screens, including a final 360 ° projection, while infographics about the lives of animals help you discover the fascinating world of land and marine biodiversity in the South Pole.

> till 15-09-2020 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Bruegel. The Originals
Pieter Bruegel The Elder's masterpieces at the RMFAB

On the occasion of the 450th anniversary of the death of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium celebrate the great Renaissance master through various projects.


Future Exhibitions
of the Federal Scientific Institutes

> 27.03.2020 > 16.08.2020 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Sean Scully

Sean Scully is known above all for his highly expressive abstract paintings of colorful stripes or rectangles. But it is an entirely new side of this artist that comes to light in a work series presented at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium.


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