The exhibition Rubens and his Legacy. Van Dyck to Cézanne looks at the impact of Rubens on the art of painting. The show is co-curated by the Rubens specialist and curator of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp (KMSKA), Nico Van Hout. In 2014 the show was on view at BOZAR in Brussels, it now opens at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.
In collaboration with MoMu | Fashion Museum Province of Antwerp, Europeana Fashion hosts its third annual conference in Antwerp on 24, 25 and 26 February 2015. The conference DIGITAL FASHION FUTURES explores the future of digital fashion initiatives, bringing together a multitude of online fashion platforms and innovative perspectives from the cultural heritage industry.
Till-Holger Borchert and Hubert de Witte have been appointed as new directors of Musea Brugge. The two will succeed Manfred Sellink, who left Musea Brugge to become general director and head curator of the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen on the first of December.
The Belgian application of safeguarding the carillon culture preservation, transmission, exchange and awareness raising was added to the UNESCO Register of Best Safeguarding Practices after a very thorough selection process by UNESCO's Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
In October, a team of restorers started with the restoration of the first of seven Enclosed Gardens held by the Municipal Museums of Mechelen (Belgium). The collection of seven Horti Conclusi (Enclosed Gardens) dates from the 16th Century and belonged to the former convent of Mechelen's Hospital Sisters. Enclosed Gardens were mainly fabricated in the city of Mechelen, though only a few survive.
A panel, organized at the ICA London in collaboration with CAHF, will explore the restaging of exhibitions and the complex mediation between art history and their own materiality. How has the restaging and remaking of exhibitions developed a typology of exhibitions that alter the way we consider previously unregistered artistic networks, events and artists? That reveal a more complicated set of interrelations between exhibition histories and art history?
On 16 October, Minister of Culture Sven Gatz announced that Manfred Sellink will succeed Paul Huvenne as the new General Director and Head Curator of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA). Sellink is currently General Director of Musea Brugge.
The Self Portrait by Rubens that graces the Antwerp Rubens House is being restored. In September 2014, the painting travelled to the National Gallery in London and will return in 2015 for the exhibition Rubens in Private: The Master Portrays His Family, after which it will resume its usual place in the gallery.
Next year, 15-17 June 2015, the Belgian Royal Institute of Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) organizes an international symposium in honour of its founder and first director Paul Coremans (1908-1965). Fifty years after he passed away, it is a unique opportunity to look back at his extraordinary career.
September will be a busy month for the couriers of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp. Masterpieces from the museum’s collection will travel abroad for various prestigious exhibitions.