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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.
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Conferences, symposia and education activities
of the Federal Scientific Institutes

> 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.

> 30.10.2016 | Royal Museum for Central Africa

Africa Sunday
Event in the context of the exhibition 'Congo Art Works'

> 16.11.2016 | The Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society

Conference by Luis Angel Bernardo y Garcia on the food policy in Belgium during times of war and the immediate post-war periods (in French) - CegeSoma (Conference Room), 14.30 pm.
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> 20.11.2016 | Royal Museum for Central Africa

Africa Sunday with concert Karavan
Event in the context of the exhibition 'Congo Art Works'

> 04.12.2016 | Royal Museum for Central Africa

Africa Sunday
Event in the context of the exhibition 'Congo Art Works'

> 14.12.2016 | The Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society

Conference by Kristof Smeyers (University College London) on the economic history of Belgium “Het gestolde land. Een eeuw Belgische economie” – CegeSoma (Conference Room), 14.30 pm.
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> 2016 | Planetarium

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

> 22.01.2017 | Royal Museum for Central Africa

Africa Sunday

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 31.12.2016 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

#100Masters - [Re]discover the masterpieces of our Museums!
The Brussels Museums Council, the association responsible for organising Museum Night Fever and the Brussels Museums Nocturnes, launched a major campaign to showcase the masterpieces in the Brussels museums’ permanent collections: 100 Masters. During 100 days, 100 masterpieces from 41 different Brussels' Museums are put in the spotlight. A total of 22 masterpieces of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts have been selected in the 100 Masters listing!

> till 22.01.2017 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

14-18. Rupture or Continuity?
Focus Exhibition - Digital Experience
Belgian art is in full swing in the early 20th century. Along with World War I, the occupation, the horror of battlefields and the exile of more than a million Belgians have a significant impact on the country’s artistic production. Nobody is indifferent to the life-altering experiences related to this war; while being a consolidation of style for some, they constitute a revolution for others. The exhibition 14-18. Rupture or Continuity? delves into the vast collection of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and explores changes and constants of Belgian Art between 1910-1925. Artists and artistic movements with a significant influence, like Constant Permeke’s Expressionism, Jules Schmalzigaug’s Futurism, or even Jozef Peeters’ Pure Plastic, are shown side by side in this display, immersing the visitor in an era of artistic and political upheaval. Digital Experience, the brand new multimedia cylinder, provides an interactive context for the works of art on display. The innovating device offers a global vision of Belgian artistic creation in the days of World War I, via historic documents, videos, audio recordings and artwork reproductions.

> till 22.01.2017 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

14-18. Rupture or Continuity?
The exhibition "Modernity à la belge" retraces Belgian Art over more than a century through paintings, drawings and sculptures from the Modern Art collection of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, as well as some invited major art works.

> till 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.

> till 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.

> till 02.04.2017 | The Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society

War in Short Pants, 14-18
It is the fruit of a collaboration between CegeSoma and the Historische Huizen Gent and shows that the First World War was not only a matter for soldiers but also mobilised children. By means of audio guides, available in four languages, the exhibition takes us on a journey through the universe of seven boys and girls who experienced the conflict in occupied Belgium, but also in Russia, Germany, France, England, the Ottoman Empire or even in Australia.

> till 28.05.2017 | Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage

In 2012 the restorers of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA, Brussels) started treatment of the Ghent Altarpiece by the Van Eyck brothers. No one expected this restoration to turn into a revelation: the real Van Eyck proved to have been hidden underneath overpaint for centuries! The temporary exhibition Restoration/REVELATION in the provincial cultural centre Caermersklooster in Ghent brings the tale of this spectacular intervention. An exploration journey through the old varnishes and overpaint… leading to the original work of Van Eyck. Unique images from before, during and after restoration address all your questions: how did the restorers proceed? What scientific techniques did they use to confirm their observations or discover new elements? And – most of all – in what way did the overpaint transform the art work and what does it look like now? The exhibition climaxes in a life-sized video projection of the outer wings where 4 years of restoration are condensed in a few minutes… The whole evolution of the paintings visualized: a progressive revelation. Feel like a restorer, go on exploration and experience the outer wings of the Ghent Altarpiece as (n)ever before!

> till 03.09.2017 | Royal Museum of Central Africa

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 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


And also...

> 22.10.2016 > 23.10.2016 | National Botanique Garden of Belgium
> 29.10.2016 > 06.11.2016 | National Botanique Garden of Belgium

Floridylle d’automne
À chaque nouvelle saison, le Jardin botanique Meise vous invite à célébrer le cycle de la nature et des plantes en participant à une grande fête : Floridylle ! Et qui dit fête, dit une foule d’activités pour s’imprégner de l’atmosphère féerique du renouveau ! Et où peut-on être mieux qu’au Jardin botanique pour vivre cette expérience ? Les plantes de saison seront mises à l’honneur et nous vous ferons découvrir les lieux les plus beaux ou les plus mystérieux du domaine…
Waar kan je beter zien dat de seizoenen in al hun pracht veranderen dan in de Plantentuin? Daarom beginnen we elk nieuwe jaargetijde met een groot feest: Floridylle! Elke Floridylle zit vol met geweldige activiteiten om het nieuwe seizoen te beleven! De Plantentuin laat zich van haar mooiste kant zien. De planten die op dat moment stralen, staan extra in de spotlichten en we leiden je langs de mooiste plekjes.


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