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> 22-07-2017 till 03-09-2017 | Science & culture at the Royal Palace

HEAVEN!
The Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO, www.belspo.be) coordinates major research programmes and provides the Federal government with all the data needed to make decisions about sustainable development, the effects of climate change, biodiversity, energy, health, mobility and aspects concerning the information society. It is also responsible for federal scientific institutes which, in collaboration with other European Union countries, are constantly developing more initiatives by building bridges between high-level research and its promotion among the general public.
It is within this context that the "'HEAVEN!" exhibition, a BELSPO initiative, has been organised in the frame of the summer event "Science and Culture at the Royal Palace".
In collaboration with the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, the ten federal scientific establishments and the National Geographic Institute, BELSPO is offering Belgian and international visitors the opportunity to open their minds to art and science via an original insight into our federal cultural and scientific heritage.
Originating from a variety of backgrounds, our scientists consider the sky in their own way, through their own discipline, and offer the opportunity to rediscover the sky thanks to a selection of pieces that echo each other.
With this exhibition, BELSPO is participating in the popularisation of knowledge and the promotion of federal collections for the pleasure of all.
[Press release - Press kitt]

> 20-09-2017 | FED-tWIN - Launch event / Info session

FED-tWIN
Programme of sustainable research cooperation between the federal scientific institutes (FSI) and the universities

FED-tWIN is a new federal research programme promoting the cooperation between the federal scientific institutes (FSI) and the Belgian universities by funding common research profiles to be performed by PhD's committed half-time in each of the 2 institutions. This programme will be officially launched by Ms Zuhal Demir, State Secretary for Science Policy, on Wednesday 20 September 2017 at the Royal Library of Belgium.
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Conferences, symposia and education activities
of the Federal Scientific Institutes

> 2017 | Planetarium

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

> 17.08.2017 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
> 24.08.2017 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
> 31.08.2017 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Les promenades de l'été : Verhaeren au Musée (tous les jeudis):
Cet été, tous les jeudis et dimanches matin, les Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique en collaboration avec AMUSEA vous proposent des ballades littéraires et poétiques au Musée Fin-de-Siècle.
Laissons-nous guider par les mots de Verhaeren dont les poèmes semblent s’inspirer directement des œuvres du Musée Fin-de-siècle… À moins que ce ne soit Verhaeren qui ait lui-même inspiré les peintres et sculpteurs de son temps ?
Zomerwandelingen: Verhaeren in het museum (iedere donderdag):
Deze zomer organiseren de Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten van België, in samenwerking met Amusea iedere donderdag - en zondagochtend literaire en poëtische wandelingen in het Fin-de-Siècle museum.
Iedere donderdag kan u luisteren naar gedichten van Verhaeren wiens poëzie rechtstreeks geïnspireerd lijkt te zijn door de schilderijen van het Fin de Siècle Museum. Of zijn het de kunstenaars die betoverd waren door de woorden van de dichter?

> 20.08.2017 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
> 27.08.2017 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Les promenades de l'été : Voyage dans la peinture (tous les dimanches):
Cet été, tous les jeudis et dimanches matin, les Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique en collaboration avec AMUSEA vous proposent des ballades littéraires et poétiques au Musée Fin-de-Siècle.
Prenons le temps de nous arrêter plus longuement sur un tableau et laissons notre esprit vagabonder au fil des histoires qu’un détail peut suggérer. Une immersion au cœur d’une œuvre dans laquelle peinture et littérature s’inspirent réciproquement.
Zomerwandelingen: Reis door een schilderij (iedere zondag):
Deze zomer  organiseren de  Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten van België, in samenwerking met Amusea iedere donderdag - en zondagochtend literaire en poëtische wandelingen in het Fin-de-Siècle museum. 
Neem eens de tijd en zet je neer voor een schilderij. Mijmer over wat je ziet maar ook over wat je niet ziet. Welke verhalen liggen verborgen achter details en kleuren. Een ludieke en inspirerende ontdekkingstocht waarin kunst en literatuur elkaar versterken.


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 15-08-2017 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

14-18: tribute by Australian and New Zealand artists
Focus exhibition
The centenary of the First World War is a momentous international cultural, historical, and commemorative event. It resonates powerfully in Australia and New Zealand, where the war and the coming together of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) on Gallipoli, Turkey in 1915 remain closely linked to contemporary national identity and the enduring bond between both countries. To mark the centenary the Australian War Memorial has commissioned the Anzac Centenary Print Portfolio, comprised of contemporary artistic responses to the First World War by five Australian and five New Zealand artists.
The Australian and New Zealand experience of the First World War can never be fully comprehended by those who did not participate, so the aim of the Portfolio is to creatively explore the legacy of the war and the Centenary itself as a way of linking our past with our present and future.
The ten artists chosen to participate were: Daniel Boyd, Megan Cope, Helen Johnson, Mike Parr, and Sangeeta Sandrasegar from Australia; and Shane Cotton, Brett Graham, Fiona Jack, John Reynolds, and Sriwhana Spong from New Zealand. Each artist came to Canberra for an individual two-week residency between May 2014 and July 2015, working with master printmaker John Loane and the specialist staff at Megalo Print Studio and Gallery to produce their print. The artists worked in isolation from each other; the aim was never to produce a consistent or even cohesive account of this history, but to reflect a diversity of artistic perspectives and constitute a broad-ranging survey of creative responses.
These 10 engravings were presented to the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium by the Australian War Memorial and are exhibited as part of the commemoration of the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele.

> till 27-08-2017 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Remigio Cantagallina
An Italian traveller in the Southern Netherlands

Over 400 years ago, a Florentine artist by the name of Remigio Cantagallina crossed Europe to reach Brussels and the court of the archduke and duchess Albert and Isabella. The reasons that led him to make this journey have been the subject of meticulous research, somewhere between history and history of art. During his stay in the old southern Netherlands in 1612-1613, he made a number of drawings which are still considered unique representations of that era.
These small drawings have been enlarged and put on display in the underground remains of the old Palais du Coudenberg. Immerse yourselves in the towns of the old Netherlands, a journey in time between Brussels, Temse and Spa. These drawings are part of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium collection, which is exhibiting an exclusive selection of originals in the Old Masters Museum.

> till 03.09.2017 | Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

POISON
The exhibition with a sting in its tail!
The snakes, lizards, frogs, spiders, insects and other venomous creatures in the POISON exhibition are live and spread throughout more than twenty terrariums. A trained specialist looks after their health. With a bit of luck you can even observe him working (through the window of our secure laboratory)!
During your visit please try to move slowly, don’t knock on the tanks and make as little noise as possible: (sound) vibrations disturb the animals and could make them hide away in a corner where you will not be able to see them.
A Grupo Atrox exhibition

> till 17.09.2017 | Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage

Exhibition German negatives
This summer the KIK-IRPA goes public with one of its most impressive collections in an open air exhibition at the Brussels Park: The German Negatives (1917-1918). Belgium’s Artistic Heritage Through the Lens of the German Occupiers. The exhibition offers a selection of the most beautiful images the German occupier made in 1917 and 1918 in Belgium… An original way to commemorate the First World War. During the last two years of World War I a group of about 30 German art historians, photographers and architects set out to record the country’s most significant monuments with the new medium of photography. They ended up taking more than 10,000 outstanding photos of Belgian churches, beguinages, castles, town houses, memorials, interiors and artworks. Ten years after the end of the war all these original negatives on glass plates were bought by the Belgian State. These so-called ‘German negatives’ are kept, studied and valorized ever since by the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) in Brussels.

> till 17.09.2017 | Cinquantenaire Museum

Once upon a time
The golden age of enamelled pocket watches (1650-1850)
The Royal Museums of Art and History's (RMAH) collection of old clocks and watches includes a most remarkable ensemble of pocket watches. Amongst these, the enamelled watches from the 16th to the 19th centuries are without a doubt absolute jewels. They aptly illustrate the numerous aspects of this decorative technique that is both complex and mysterious. This collection is a miniature museum in itself that offers an overview of the artistic accomplishments and fashions from 1650 to 1850. A few pieces were made in the prestigious Parisian workshops, but most passed through the able hands of artisans working for the Swiss Fabrique genevoise. Paper dresses by Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave as well as a few choice pieces of the RMAH, namely porcelain, costumes and silverwork, complete the exhibition.

> 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

> 01-09-2017 > 30-01-2018 | Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique

Marcel Lecomte: ses relations avec René Magritte
Cette exposition thématique sera présentée au sein du Musée Magritte. Marcel Lecomte était écrivain, critique d’art et collaborateur aux MRBAB. C’est grâce à lui que Magritte découvre l’oeuvre de Giorgio de Chirico qui va révolutionner sa vision de la peinture. Outre les relations qu’ils entretenaient, l’exposition présentera des textes inédits de Lecomte au sujet de Magritte et la correspondance entre ces deux amis et complices.
Cette exposition thématique sera présentée au sein du Musée Magritte.

Marcel Lecomte: zijn band met René Magritte
In het kader van de 50e verjaardag van de dood van Marcel Lecomte (1966/2016) en René Magritte (1967/2017).
Marcel Lecomte was schrijver, kunstcriticus en medewerker van de KMSKB. Dankzij hem ontdekte Magritte het oeuvre van Giorgio de Chirico, waardoor zijn visie op de schilderkunst radicaal veranderde. Naast de relatie tussen beide mannen, presenteert de tentoonstelling ook exclusieve teksten van Lecomte over Magritte en de briefwisseling tussen de twee goede vrienden.
Deze tentoonstelling zal in het Magritte Museum te zien zijn.

> 13-10-2017 > 18-02-2018 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Magritte & contemporary art
Magritte's work constitutes a crucial reference for any artist who intends to reflect on the very production of an image, on the representation or transposition of something real as a likeness. This exhibition will bring together artists who, since the 1980s, have productively entered into dialogue with Magritte’s ‘vache’ period. From George Condo to Gavin Turk, from Sean Landers to David Altmedj.
The exhibition will be exceptionally open 7 days a week as the Magritte Museum - from 13.10.2017 to 18.02.2018

> 26-10-2017 > 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.

> 17-11-2017 > 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.

> 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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