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.

Launch of 'The Great War Centenary (2014-2018)' website

Poppies I by Charlotte Wasteson, Flickr

As part of its commemoration project on the First World War, the Flemish government launches The new website houses information about activities and news about the commemoration. It also provides a platform to professionals and enthusiasts, enabling them to come into contact with each other and exchange information, ideas or tips.

Pieter Bruegel, UNESCO and Intangible Cultural Heritage

In the most recent issue of the International Journal of Intangible Cultural Heritage, published in English and in Korean in the summer of 2014, special attention is devoted to Flanders.

Intangible Cultural Heritage: Moving out of the Shadow

ICE (with the E from Erfgoed or hEritage) is the Dutch abbreviation of ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’: a 21st-century catch phrase that is here to stay. The UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003) has initiated a worldwide movement. After ten years, the text has been adopted and ratified by no less than 159 states.