City app Xplore BRUGES

Xplore BRUGES is a city app developed for smartphones and tablets and guides the visitor along various heritage routes within the city centre of Bruges. The app is available in Dutch, French, German, English and Spanish. Two routes are based upon the fine arts' painter Hans Memling (ca. 1435-1494). In one of the routes, the visitor to the city walks along the pathway of 15th-century Bruges. Places that were of importance in Memling's life are offered in abundance.

'The Fur' by Rubens: MA-XRF scanning reveals a 'suggestive' fountain

'Het Pelsken' (The Fur), Rubens' most remarkable and intimate portrait of his second wife Helena Fourment, revealed a stunning secret recently. Analysis by researchers at the University of Leuven and the University of Antwerp using ma-XRF scanning, an imaging technique that uses fluorescence to distinguish between the various layers and chemical elements of the painting, demonstrated that there was originally a fountain in the background on the right of the painting.

Printmaking in Italy and the 'Flemish' contribution (16th-17th century) | Summer School

In the framework of its annual cycle of manifestations on Italy and i Fiamminghi, the Academia Belgica organizes in collaboration with the Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut Rome a summer school on Printmaking in Italy and the ‘Flemish’ contribution.

Internationally renowned specialists will guide you in the world of print making, lecture on the relation between Venetian and Roman print businesses, and discuss specific topics related to Renaissance and Baroque prints.

The KMSKA Loans Rogier van der Weyden’s The Seven Sacraments to the Prado

From 24 March through 28 June 2015, the Museo del Prado in Madrid devotes an exhibition to Rogier van der Weyden (1399/1400-1464). The exhibition is curated by Lorne Campbell, and is organised in conjunction with the restoration of The Crucifixion in El Escorial (near Madrid). The restoration is currently undertaken at the Prado.

Symposium and inauguration new Chair for imaging techniques

The University of Antwerp organizes a symposium on the development and use of the MA-XRF scanner. This technology is frequently used in technical art historical research. The symposium on 26 February is organized at the University of Antwerp. The inauguration of a new Chair for advanced imaging techniques is planned on 27 February at the Rubenianum in Antwerp.

TRACKS now available in English

TRACKS, the online toolbox and guidelines for the preservation of archives and collections in the arts can now also be consulted in English. All the guidelines and most of the practical cases are translated.

KMSKA’s Nico Van Hout co-curator exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London

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.

Digital Fashion Futures | Europeana Fashion International Conference

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 appointed as Co-Directors of Musea Brugge

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.

UNESCO recognises Belgian carillon culture

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.