31-08-2022 | RV Belgica

Symposium "Carbon Cycling in Coastal Environments" organised by the DEHEAT project

The BELSPO DEHEAT project is organising a one-day symposium about carbon cycling in coastal environments on the 31st of August 2022. Covering a broad range of topics, the symposium will be a platform for networking and discussions about questions at the forefront of science. The symposium will be held in the Grand Auditoire at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS).
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13-09-2022 > 14-09-2022 | KBR

International conference "Linked Data and International Standards for Cultural Heritage"

Implementing linked open data techniques and international standards provides an opportunity to bring together currently siloed information, and enables synergies with other organisations.
The networking project LOD-ISNI, funded by BELSPO, aims at strengthening the long-term cooperation with (inter)national partners, and at promoting the use of Linked Open Data and international standards for disclosing and valorising cultural heritage materials.
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15-09-2022 | KBR

Conference “Wanted: Social Media Data”

The conference focuses on the potential of social media data for research and social media archiving practices.
During this conference, the main research results of the BESOCIAL research project will be presented. The potential of social media data for research and social media archiving practices will be discussed during the keynote and two panel discussions. International and Belgian speakers will share their expertise on topics such as using tweets as historical sources, lowering barriers to access the archived web, the opportunities and challenges of doing social media research and getting started with social media archiving with limited resources.
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this summer till 28-08-2022

Science & Culture at the Royal Palace of Brussels 2022

The 15th edition of the exhibition Science & Culture at the Palace will be presented by the Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO) from July 23 until August 28.
After a two-year absence, it is finally time again to discover the ten federal scientific research and cultural institutions in the Grand Gallery of the Royal Palace itself !
Entitled "Ensuring the Future", this year's expo will showcase a work of art, an artifact, a scientific instrument or a model from each participant that symbolises the objectives of these institutions to strive for a better tomorrow. A selection of photos illustrating the mission of each institution will complete their presentation and provide a representative image to the public, while raising awareness of the importance of the Belgian Science Policy at the national and international level.
The exhibition is free*, so do not hesitate to come soak up the richness of knowledge and cultural heritage that Belgium has to offer.

* A visit to the Royal Palace is for free but booking in advance is mandatory. We allow a limited number of visitors each day. In order to organize your visit correctly, we kindly ask you to arrive on time within your scheduled time slot. Book your visit here.

till 31-08-2022 | KBR

Toots 100. The Sound of a Belgian Legend

On 29 April 2022, Toots Thielemans would have turned 100 years old. This Brussels native from the Marolles was an outstanding guitarist and one of the best harmonica players in the world. He played on stages all over the world. International stars such as Quincy Jones, Peggy Lee and Sting lined up to work with him. But no matter how far his international fame reached, Toots remained a Belgian at heart. With the exhibition “Toots 100. The Sound of a Belgian Legend” we pay tribute to Toots in his hometown Brussels.
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till 04-12-2022 | Halle Gate

Magical Theatres

The paper theatre, miniature theatre or table top theatre was once a source of pleasure for young and old. These days, it has sunk into oblivion. The "Magical Theatres" exhibition brings back to life the magical world of this toy, its fantastic colourful decors and its small paper actors. The Halle Gate opens the doors onto a world full of stories, from Shakespeare plays to the tales of the Grimm Brothers.
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till 30-07-2023 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Our collection in question

As part of the Museum in Questions campaign launched in the autumn of 2021, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium are keen to participate in the debate surrounding current social matters. Two exhibition rooms contextualise two burning topics for museums around the world: by shedding scientific light on the questions of colonialism and diversity, on the one hand, and the problem of the restitution of cultural goods looted during the Second World War, on the other, the Royal Museums aims to be a laboratory for reflection that will enable us to participate in the construction of the museum of tomorrow, by insisting on how scientific research, one of the museum's primordial missions, can contribute to the contemporary debate.
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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.
At the Old Masters Museum, you can admire the original paintings of this iconic artist. They will introduce you to a whole cast of characters – sometimes peculiar, sometimes recognizable; but all masterpieces in their own right. In addition, you can discover about a dozen works by Bruegel’s sons and other followers, which allow you to further explore his brilliant artistic work.
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- Upcoming exhibition -
from 06-10-2022 till 05-03-2023 | Africa museum

Europa, Oxalá

Europa, Oxalá presents the work of twenty-one European artists and intellectuals whose families came from former colonies. These ‘children of empire’, born and raised in a postcolonial context, offer reflections on their heritage, memory, and identity. Their parents and grandparents were born and lived in Congo, Angola, Guinea, Benin, Algeria, Madagascar – and these artists inherited not just voices, sounds, and gestures, but also images and memories of their cultures of origin, the starting point for extensive research in historical archives. As a result, their artistic production harbours a fresh approach to racism, the decolonisation of the arts, and the deconstruction of colonial thought. The manner in which some of them combine contemporary language with traditional processes is an essential contribution to the Europe of today.
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- Upcoming exhibition -
from 14-10-2022 till 15-01-2023 | Museum Art and History

Shin hanga - The new prints of Japan (1900-1960)

The Shin hanga exhibition (14/10/2022 – 15/01/2023) will feature no less than 220 Japanese prints from two private collections in the Netherlands, as well as sketches, studies and prints from the collection of the grandson of the publisher Watanabe. Next to these works, the visitors will find a selection of Shin hanga prints from the rich collection of the Art & History Museum.
The Shin hanga (literally « new prints ») art movement was a revival of traditional printmaking (ukiyo‑e) in the early 20th century. The publisher Watanabe Shōzaburō (1885-1962), noting the decline in xylographic production due to competition from new imported techniques such as photography and lithography, was the movement's greatest promoter.
He gathered around him artists whose drawings were printed using traditional woodblock printing techniques.
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- Upcoming exhibition -
from 14-10-2022 till 12-02-2023 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Miradas de Mujeres – Isabelle de Borchgrave X Frida Kahlo

Miradas de Mujeres (Women’s Gaze) is an exhibition that highlights the view of Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave on Frida Kahlo. Miradas de Mujeres honours a dialogue between two women who have never met – one being born shortly before the death of the other – but who nevertheless share their love of fabric, patterns and colours; a women's perspective on the artist’s role in society. 
Isabelle de Borchgrave took almost three years to create Miradas de Mujeres, a titanic work painted by hand. By using more than 4 kilometers of paper and cardboard she created dresses, carpets, furniture, trees and other elements recreating the unique universe of Frida Kahlo and her iconic house, the Casa Azul (The Blue House). 
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- Upcoming exhibition -
from 14-10-2022 till 22-02-2023 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Picasso & Abstraction

The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, in close collaboration with the Musée national Picasso-Paris, are devoting a unique exhibition to Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) next fall. The two institutions are decrypting a theme that has never been explored before: for the very first time, Picasso's relationship with abstraction will be brought to light, through more than one hundred and twenty exceptional works.
The exhibition will address the major stages that marked the links between Picasso's work and the history of abstract art, from the first Cubist experiments of 1907, carried out on the fringes of Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, to his later work, which is sometimes situated on the borders of action painting. This surprising relationship, made up of small advances, retreats and backward steps, will be presented in the subtle chronological and thematic course of the exhibition, revealing the artist's pendulum movement between abstraction and the figurative over the decades.
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Virtual exhibitions


Birth, the virtual exhibition of Belspo
Science and Culture at the Royal Palace of Brussels

Unfortunately, the 2020 edition of the Science and Culture exhibition at the Royal Palace cannot take place in situ. However, Belspo devised an alternative but original route, adapted to the circumstances, through a virtual exhibition.
And why not? The Federal Scientific Institutions offer a route through a selection of works of art, objects or films on the theme of "Birth". They are followed by Sciensano, CINEMATEK, the National Geographical Institute (NGI) and two departments of Belspo.

Through the virtual exhibition Birth, the Federal Scientific Institutions (FWI) offer the general public the opportunity to explore a broad thematic framework, including works of art, natural specimens and phenomena, scientific research topics and archival documents or photographs.

The theme of birth and origin in the broadest sense is a recurring theme in many researchers working in sometimes very diverse fields, including astrophysicists, historians, archaeologists, biologists, doctors, geologists and palaeontologists. From their respective fields, they look at the theme of birth from their own specific point of view. How did the universe, heaven and earth come into being? How does a living being come to life? How do natural phenomena arise? What cultural practices are associated with birth and how do they understand it? Why are documents kept as birth certificates?
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Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

The RMFAB invite themselves into your home and help you escape the isolation! Discover here, alone or with the whole family, everything you need for a virtual journey through art history.
> Fine Arts at Home

Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage

KIK-IRPA offers you the opportunity to discover all the works of Jan Van Eyck in high resolution, as well as a collection of more than 700,000 photos of Belgium's cultural heritage in free access.
BALaT, our online database
Discover the œuvre of Jan Van Eyck online

Royal Museums for Art and History

The KMKG-MRAH invites you to explore its collections.
Masterpieces online

Museum of Musical Instruments (MIM)
Take a look and discover the richness we would like to share with you from behind your screen
> A virtual visit to the MIM

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

If you can’t come to our Museum anymore during this lockdown (light), we have to bring the Museum to your living room!
> NaturalsciencesAtHome

Museum of Musical Instruments (MIM)
Take a look and discover the richness we would like to share with you from behind your screen
> A virtual visit to the MIM


The importance of digitising museum collections became even more apparent during the closure of museums due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Museum collections in 2D+ and 3D
Cast your eyes over a series of 27 collections on various themes relating to history and cultural anthropology.
Spotlight on the collections
Join us as we walk around the labs, offices and archives of the Royal Museum for Central Africa to meet the scientists who work here.
AfricaMuseum Podcast

Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy

Rather than adapting our environment, today we are learning to adapt ourselves. For the duration of the period of confinement, the Royal Belgian Institute is adapting its slogan from "Science between Heaven and Earth" to "Science between Heaven and Home". We'll be sharing with you the little things that brighten our days in our new life and work routines.
Science between heaven and home


Toutes les ressources électroniques et les collections numérisées de KBR consultables à distance.
Liste de toutes les ressources électroniques

Alle e-bronnen en gedigitaliseerde collecties van KBR nu van thuis uit raadpleegbaar
Lijst met alle beschikbare e-bronnen

DIGIT the Digitization Programme of the Belgian Science Policy

Preserving Belgium's rich cultural and scientific heritage and disclosing those valuable assets for researchers and the general public is important.
Explore the Collections