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23.07.2019 till 25.08.2019

Science & culture at the Royal Palace 2019
"The moon: between Dream and Reality"

In association with the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, the ten Federal Scientific Institutes, the National Geographic Institute and the Belgian Comic Strip Center, the Belgian Science Policy (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.

24.10.2019 - 25.10.2019 - International Conference
Public opinion and forms of mobilization concerning asylum seekers and refugees in anti-immigrant times. Global challenges and local solutions

On Thursday 24 October, Belgian and European researchers will discuss their researches on local mobilizations, public opinion and policies concerning asylum seekers in Europe, supported by the Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO/BRAIN-be). The research book "The refugee reception crisis in Europe. Polarized opinions and mobilizations" (PUMOMIG), will be presented during the conference.

On Friday 25 October, the conference will consist of three roundtables gathering various local, national and European actors involved in the reception of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants. Participants will include local politicians, policy makers, EU actors, NGOs, Civil Society Organizations and other field actors. The aim is to discuss the interaction between different levels of governance, to highlight the role of local governments, organizations and actors, and to discuss localized solutions to the reception and integration of asylum seekers in contemporary Europe.

When? The 24th and 25th of October, 2019 
Where? Académie Royale de Belgique (Royal Stables of Brussels)
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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 15-07-2019 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

curated by “Komplot” in Musée Meunier Museum
For this exhibition called Labour, contemporary artists intervened in the Meunier Museum, the home and studio of painter and sculptor Constantin Meunier (1831-1905).

> till 21-07-2019 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Wim Delvoye
A major figure on the Belgian art scene, Wim Delvoye is known for his humour, his taste for technological experimentation, and his rich and varied production. His reputation has long since passed the boarders of his homeland, and in recent years he carried out numerous exhibitions in countries as diverse as Canada, Azerbaijan, Russia, Luxembourg or even Iran.
Conceived in close collaboration with the artist, the exhibition by the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium offers a vast panorama of his work and emphasizes its multidisciplinary aspect. Indeed, Wim Delvoye's art is often the result of a combination of craftsmanship and the most sophisticated industrial manufacturing techniques.

> till 28-27-2019 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Agnès Guillaume
4 MY’s +

While at first sight enigmatic, Agnès Guillaume’s title for her exhibition at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium is in fact obvious. It refers to four projections (My Nights, My Fears, My Thoughts and My Roots), to which a fifth one is added, the video triptych You said Love is Eternity.
The duality of the title reflects Guillaume’s work, which invites contemplation and allows a multitude of hidden meanings to emerge. The titles of the works suggest that the artist delivers autobiographical elements, but is this the case?

> till 18-08-2019 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Thomas Lerooy
Behind the Curtain

The Belgian artist Thomas Lerooy (°1981) is known for his sculptures and drawings. In Behind the Curtain, the exhibition at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, he shows paintings alongside his sculptures for the first time.
In Lerooy’s enigmatic work, different realities are intertwined, each with their own set of laws. The viewer tumbles from one visual language into another. Throughout the different layers, death and eternity meet, as well as beauty and ugliness, order and chaos, show and intimacy, drama and humour.

> 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.


Future Exhibitions
of the Federal Scientific Institutes

> 27-09-2019 > 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.

> 15-10-2019 > 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’.

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