City of Mechelen restores Enclosed Gardens

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.

CAHF co-organizes panel discussion on restaging of exhibitions

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? 

Manfred Sellink new director KMSKA

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.

Rubens' Self Portrait being restored in London

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.

Symposium Paul Coremans: call for abstracts

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.

Masterpieces from the KMSKA Swarm Holland and France

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.

Master class 'Food in Prison'

On behalf of the Doctoral School of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), the research group on Social and Cultural Food Studies (FOST), the Crime and Society research group (CRIS) and FARO (Vlaams Steunpunt voor Cultureel Erfgoed) we are delighted to invite you to our Master class 'Food in Prison'.

SHARP 2014 held in Antwerp

The 22nd annual conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing (SHARP) will be held in Antwerp (Belgium), Wednesday 17 September through Sunday 21 September 2014. The programme takes place primarily at the University of Antwerp, in the old centre of the city, but includes events at different venues of book historical interest as well as preconference workshops/tours and excursions.

Intermediary results restoration Ghent Altarpiece

On 20 June 2014, the conservation-restoration team, along with professors from the University of Ghent and Leuven, put forward the intermediary results for the restoration of the Ghent Altarpiece in the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent.