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22 juillet au 4 septembre 2016
Cartographiae : science and culture at the Royal Palace
Palais Royal, Place des Palais, Bruxelles
As each year, the Royal Palace in Brussels opens its doors to the public in summer: from 22 July to 4 September 2016. The public will be able to discover the exposition Cartographiae showing maps and cartography throughout the centuries.
In order to bring the intriguing and little-known world of cartography closer to the public, the 10 federal scientific institutions of Belgium have selected a number of representative items from their collections to show the various aspects of this particular field of science: precious cartographic material, thematic maps, cartographic measurement instruments, works of art related to the topic, and much more.
The exposition Cartographiae was initiated by the Federal Science Policy Office and its ten federal scientific institutions (the State Archives, the Royal Library, the Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy, the Royal Meteorological Institute, the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage, the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, the Royal Museum for Central Africa, the Royal Museums of Art and History, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, the Royal Observatory and the Planetarium), and the National Geographic Institute.
Information [Dutch or French]

7-11 November 2016
North Sea Open Science Conference 2016

The North Sea Open Science Conference 2016 is open to fundamental and applied research, lessons-learnt from both successes and failures in marine management, and innovative measurement and data handling concepts from within and beyond the North Sea. The conference will equally cover biodiversity and physico-chemical environmental aspects of the North Sea. The conference will make use of innovative formats, encouraging other types of presentations than traditional powerpoints and promoting participatory methodologies (i.e. Fish bowls) stimulating real dialogue amongst participants.
From 7 – 10 November 2016, OD Nature of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and the Belgian Biodiversity Platform, organise the North Sea Open Science Conference 2016 in Ostend, Belgium. The call for Abstracts for this conference is now open and runs until May 15th 2016. Early bird registration runs until June 30th 2016.
[Information and registration]



Conferences, symposia and education activities
of the Federal Scientific Institutes

> 22.07.2016 till 04.09.2016 | Palais Royal, Place des Palais, Bruxelles

Cartographiae : science and culture at the Royal Palace
As each year, the Royal Palace in Brussels opens its doors to the public in summer: from 22 July to 4 September 2016. The public will be able to discover the exposition Cartographiae showing maps and cartography throughout the centuries.
In order to bring the intriguing and little-known world of cartography closer to the public, the 10 federal scientific institutions of Belgium have selected a number of representative items from their collections to show the various aspects of this particular field of science: precious cartographic material, thematic maps, cartographic measurement instruments, works of art related to the topic, and much more.
The exposition Cartographiae was initiated by the Federal Science Policy Office and its ten federal scientific institutions (the State Archives, the Royal Library, the Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy, the Royal Meteorological Institute, the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage, the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, the Royal Museum for Central Africa, the Royal Museums of Art and History, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, the Royal Observatory and the Planetarium), and the National Geographic Institute.
Information [Dutch or French]

> 17|18.09.2016 | Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage

Open days at the KIK-IRPA
On Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September 2016 the KIK-IRPA will open its doors as part of the Open Monument Days of the Brussels-Capital Region, this year with the theme Styles recycled. This is a rare opportunity to wander around the institute at your own pace, discovering the research and restoration of works of art that is currently going on.

> 19|21.10.2016 | Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage

EECHB2016 International Conference
We are pleased to announce the 2nd International Conference on Energy Efficiency and Comfort of Historic Buildings (EECHB 2016) of which Hilde De Clercq, Head of the Laboratories department of the KIK-IRPA, is member of the Organizing Committee and International Scientific Committee. This event will take place in the city of Brussels (BE) from the 19th until the 21st of October 2016. International experts and stakeholders will be invited to share the latest developments and experiences for improving the energy efficiency and comfort of historic buildings while preserving their historic character, inherent values and integrity.

> 27|28.10.2016 | Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage

Relics @ the Lab Workshop
On 27 and 28 October the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) organises the international workshop Relics @ the Lab. The workshop will be held in English. Over the past decade the scientific interest in relics and kindred artefacts has grown enormously. Without any doubt relics as well as relic shrines and associated objects have played a prominent role in European history since the introduction of Christianity. While in the past primary, secondary as well as tertiary relics were merely studied in relation to their religious and (art) historical background, recently the rise of a more scientific and archaeological approach is noticed. Nowadays researchers become more interested in the origin and nature of these sacred objects and ask different questions:
· What information can relics give us about the people buried in the shrines? Who were these people? What do we know about the way they lived? When did they live? What about diseases and other disabilities?
· What information can be retrieved from the objects kept with the relics and made of textile, wood, stone or metal. What was their purpose? Are they contemporaneous to the relic or are they older or younger additions? Why would they have been added? How should we preserve them?
Scientists of many different disciplines are involved in the study of relics and kindred artefacts, but till now there was no real forum for these people to exchange ideas and discuss methods. Therefore the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA, Brussels) is organising a two-day workshop on the scientific study of relics. During this meeting we want to give analytical scientists, textile specialists, conservators, anthropologists, historical researchers, people involved in 3D-reconstruction as well as radiocarbon dating specialists a forum to exchange ideas about relics.

> 2016 | Planetarium

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


Exhibitions
of the Federal Scientific Institutes

2016 | 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 21.08.2016 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Andres Serrano
As a major figure in the contemporary art scene, Andres Serrano unveils an often disturbing reality through the lens of his camera. Religion, death, sex and violence perfuse the American artist’s work and all figure in the retrospective exhibition dedicated to him by the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium.
Yet beyond these powerful themes, the exhibition reveals Serrano as an attentive witness to the world and mankind. His artistic career is shown by selecting the most symbolic images from all the series he has created. From fascination to provocation: four works that were considered scandalous and were vandalized during past events will also be on display to question the limits of censorship. To show Serrano means to assert our basic values. Against barbarism and intolerance. Against obscurantism and inhumanity.
Simultaneously, the Museums will – in the streets of Brussels – present Serrano’s brand new series “Denizens of Brussels”, striking portraits of Brussels’ homeless. hoofdstad.

> till 27.08.2016 |  Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
                             Royal Museums of Art and History
                             Royal Museum of Central Africa
                             Belgian Royal Library
                             Museum of Natural Sciences
                             Planetarium of Brussels

Meet 100 masters
What treasures do our Brussels’ Museums hold? From the 18th May 2016 to the 27th August 2016, the permanent collections of our museums reveal the secrets of their most precious and extraordinary masterpieces. During 100 days, 100 masterpieces in no less than 41 museums will be put in the spotlights by way of an exclusive programming inviting you to discover or rediscover the splendour of the Belgian heritage in Brussels. From the Bernissart iguanodons of the Jurassic period to Magritte, Horta, Peyo or Fabre, these are thousand years of artistic, historical, scientific or technical talents that our museums wish to ignite with #100Masters : a unique initiative in the world both by the diversity of the museums represented as by the distinctive attention to their permanent collections. All wrapped in an unsual concept… to be discovered on www.100masters.brussels!

> till 21.08.2016 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

David Altmejd - Giants
The exhibition “Giants” of Canadian artist David Altmejd opens on 18th March 2016 in the Forum of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium. Six colossal neo-baroque sculptures will take over this central meeting point in a spectacular way. Unsuspecting visitors are immersed in this perplexing game of mirroring and excess.

> till 28.08.2016 | Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

WoW – Wonders of Wildlife
Whether running, jumping or hunting, movement in nature is often powerful, precise, and wild. In WoW – Wonders of Wildlife, a herd of ibexes leap from rock to rock; two rival males confront each other; a wolf chases wild boar; a tiger runs majestically and lions hunt fleeing zebras.
Through our amazing freeze frames you can get up close and personal with sights you might have previously only seen in nature documentaries on TV. These acrobatic installations- some displays involve whole groups of several specimens balance on a single paw or tail!- are more than just specimens; they are works of art made by taxidermists. Taxidermy is a unique field that requires the knowledge and precision of a scientist with creativity and an artist’s eye for detail.
In this exhibition, the spectacular panoramas highlight a range of topics including animal behaviour, biomechanics and species and landscape conservation, through videos, objects, and interactive activities set into detailed displays.

> till 10.09.2016 | Belgian Royal Library

Pattes de lions et têtes de rois
La Monnaie royale a légué son impressionnante collection de plus de 6.000 objets à la Bibliothèque royale de Belgique. Une partie de cette collection (des monnaies et des coins) est exposée dans la Salle de lecture générale de la Bibliothèque à partir du 22 avril prochain. Vous y découvrirez la production de monnaies et de médailles en Belgique, du XVIIe siècle à nos jours.
Leeuwenpoten en koningshoofden
De Koninklijke Munt draagt haar imposante verzameling van meer dan 6.000 stukken over aan het Penningkabinet van de Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België. Een deel ervan is vanaf 22 april 2016 te zien in de Algemene leeszaal van de Bibliotheek. Van munten tot ministempels. U ontdekt er de munt- en penningproductie in België, van de 17de eeuw tot nu.

> 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

> 07.10.2016 > 22.01.2017 | Royal Museum of Central Africa

Congo Art Works
L’exposition révèle pour la première fois en Belgique une partie de la collection de l’historien Bogumil Jewsiewicki (Université Laval, Canada), récemment acquise par le MRAC. Il s’agit de peintures collectionnées entre 1968 et 2011. L’exposition vise à mettre en valeur la peinture populaire en République Démocratique du Congo comme expression artistique à part entière, au même rang que la musique, la danse ou le théâtre.

> 21.10.2016 > 12.02.2017 | Cinquantenaire Museum

Ukiyo-e - Les plus belles estampes japonaises
À partir du 21 octobre 2016, le Musée du Cinquantenaire vous invite à découvrir sa prestigieuse collection d’estampes japonaises lors d’une exposition de haut niveau, la première de cette envergure depuis le festival Europalia Japon de 1989. L'exposition est organisée dans le cadre des célébrations du 150e anniversaire des relations belgo-japonaises, dont elle constituera un des points d'orgue.
416 estampes ont été sélectionnés parmi les plus belles de la collection du Musée du Cinquantenaire, qui est internationalement réputée. En raison de leur sensibilité à la lumière, les estampes seront exposées en deux phases (changement le 19/12/2016).
Les estampes exposées offriront un aperçu de l’art japonais de l’estampe, depuis ses débuts en noir et blanc (vers 1720) jusqu’au début du XXe siècle. L’accent sera mis sur les sublimes œuvres polychromes (XVIIIe et XIXe siècles) qui faisaient le ravissement des collectionneurs et des artistes occidentaux dès la fin du XIXe siècle. Les estampes ont été sélectionnées au sein même de la collection japonaise du Musée du Cinquantenaire, qui compte plus de 7.500 pièces et jouit d’une réputation mondiale en raison de la grande quantité de celles-ci possédant toujours leurs couleurs d’origine.
Ukiyo-e - De mooiste japanse prenten
Vanaf vrijdag 21 oktober 2016 kunt in het Jubelparkmuseum terecht voor een prestigieuze tentoonstelling van Japanse prenten uit eigen bezit. Het is sinds 1989 geleden, in het kader van Europalia Japan, dat zo’n uitgebreide tentoonstelling wordt georganiseerd voor eigen publiek. De tentoonstelling wordt georganiseerd in het kader van de 150ste verjaardag van de diplomatieke betrekkingen tussen België en Japan.
De 416 meesterwerken die u te zien zult krijgen, onderstrepen de wereldfaam van de verzameling. Wegens de lichtgevoeligheid van de prenten en hun uitzonderlijk goede staat van bewaring wordt vanaf 19 december 2016 de eerste selectie vervangen door een tweede.
De tentoonstelling brengt een overzicht van de Japanse prentkunst vanaf de eerste stappen in zwart-wit (omstreeks 1720) tot aan de verderzetting van de traditie aan het begin van de 20ste eeuw. De nadruk ligt op de sublieme ontwerpen in polychromie (18de en 19de eeuw) die al aan het einde van de 19de eeuw de westerse verzamelaars en kunstenaars in vervoering brachten. Hiervoor werd geselecteerd uit de Japanse prentencollectie van het Jubelparkmuseum zelf, die meer dan 7500 exemplaren telt en dankzij de grote hoeveelheid prenten in de oorspronkelijke kleuren, wereldfaam geniet.


And also...

> 28.05.2016 > 25.09.2016 | National Botanique Garden of Belgium

Expo Achilles Cools en Brenine  |  Expo Achilles Cools en Brenine

> 01.09.2016 > 15.10.2016 | National Botanique Garden of Belgium

Indiginous tree walk
Discover the Belgian indiginous trees at the Botanic Garden with a free leaflet in Dutch or French.
Les arbres de nos regions
Partez à la découverte des arbres de nos régions ! Ces verts amis qui nous semblent si familiers recèlent en fait bien des secrets. Il y a chêne et chêne, le savez-vous ? Ou voulez-vous savoir distinguer le saule blanc du saule marsault ? Un dépliant offert avec le ticket d’entrée du Jardin botanique vous guide dans une agréable promenade fléchée en vous contant des anecdotes liées aux ormes des montagnes, cornouillers sanguins et autres aubépines : leur usage médicinal ou industriel, quelques traits historiques, leurs caractéristiques,...
Inheemse bomenwandeling
Een ontdekkingstocht tussen de bomen uit onze streken? Tuurlijk, deze groene bondgenoten waarvan de namen ons zo bekend in de oren klinken hebben nog heel wat geheimen te onthullen. Zeg niet zomaar eik tegen eender welke eik! Wil je het verschil weten tussen een boswilg en een schietwilg? Aan de kassa ontvang je de gratis wandelfolder. Hiermee kan je op eigen tempo het uitgestippeld parcours afleggen tussen berken, elzen en kornoeljes. De folder bevat leuke anekdotes en weetjes over de kenmerken, het gebruik en de geneeskracht van onze bomen.

> 15.10.2016 > 16.10.2016 | National Botanique Garden of Belgium

Exposition d'Ikebana
C'est une belle tradition: depuis des années, les artistes d'Ikebana exposent régulièrement leurs plus beaux travaux au Jardin botanique. Ikebana n'est pas seulement un arrangement floral. Issu des rituels bouddhistes, cet art floral présente des montages où l'accent est mis sur l'asymétrie, la vacuité et la forme naturelle des matériaux utilisés : branches, feuilles, herbes, mousses, fruits, fleurs....
Expo Ikebana herfst
Het is een mooie traditie waar de Plantentuin aan vasthoudt: al jaren stellen de ikebana-artiesten geregeld hun mooiste werken tentoon. Ikebana is niet zomaar bloemschikken. Het is een kunstvorm die eeuwen geleden ontstond uit een boeddhistisch ritueel waarbij bloemen werden geofferd aan de geesten van de overledenen. Bij het maken van een bloemstuk wordt alles uit de natuur gebruikt: takken, bladeren, gras, mos, fruit en bloemen.

 


 

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