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Van Eyck Research in Open Access
The VERONA project (Van Eyck Research in OpeN Access), led by the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK/IRPA), aims to stimulate research on Jan van Eyck. It aims to document and study all the signed and dated and generally accepted paintings by Van Eyck in European collections, consisting of seventeen paintings in ten different locations. These paintings will be documented with the same...
The Bowet Hours: a Bruges Masterpiece
Through March 22 the Groeninge Museum (Musea Brugge) exhibits the precious The Bowet Book of Hours alongside other manuscripts. The Bowet Book of Hours was made circa 1410-1420 in a Bruges studio. It is a rare example of Bruges Pre-Eyckian manuscript illumination. The manuscript, which was destined for the English art market, has been extensively studied. The result of this research is now...
Till-Holger Borchert and Hubert De Witte new Co-Directors
Hubert De Witte (*1955 in Sinaai), the former Adjunct-Director alongside Manfred Sellink, is the new Business Director of Musea Brugge. He is an archeologist by training and began his career in Bruges in 1977 with the establishment of an archaeological position. One of the highlights (in 1979) was the discovery of the tomb and skeleton of Maria van Bourgondië. Until recently he was responsible...
The Nativity, Brussels, 1470-1530, oil on panel, OCMW Brussels.
Who knows that the Public Centre for Social Welfare (OCMW) also has an art collection in its possession? And, who knows these collections? Beginning December 6 through June 7 2015, the OCMW of Brussels is loaning a painting to the Sint-Janshospitaal in Bruges (Musea Brugge), which is itself developed out of a historical OCMW collection. The art collections of the OCMW are generally much older...
Master of Rimini, The Good Thief, alabaster, c. 1430, Private Collection.
The Flemish Research Centre for the Arts in the Burgundian Netherlands organizes, as it did in the past, a series of lectures. During autumn 2014 4 guest speakers will talk about sculpture. The Flemish Research Centre for the Arts in the Burgundian Netherlands is an initiative of the Groeninge Museum in Bruges. The centre was established in 2010 with the following mission: to stimulate research...
Lecture ‘Sculpture design in Rogier van der Weyden's workshop'
The Flemish Research Centre for the Arts in the Burgundian Netherlands organizes, as it did in the past, a series of lectures. During autumn 2014 4 guest speakers will talk about sculpture. The Flemish Research Centre for the Arts in the Burgundian Netherlands is an initiative of the Groeninge Museum in Bruges. The centre was established in 2010 with the following mission: to stimulate research...
Exhibition 'From tree trunk to altarpiece'
The Ghent altarpiece was painted by the Van Eyck brothers and was completed in 1432. The oak used for the panels that make up the polyptych comes from the area around the Baltic Sea. The first part of the exhibition focuses on its long journey: the felling and transportation of the original tree trunks, how the wood was cut into planks and the tools used to do so. In other words, it gives us an...
Kris Martin, Altar, 2014. ©Kris Martin/ Arne Deboosere/Toerisme Oostende.
The Belgian conceptual artist Kris Martin (1972) completed a metal frame that exactly mimics the form of the framework of the multi-paneled Ghent Altarpiece (1432) by the Van Eyck brothers. Altar is an empty frame that stands erected on the beach of Ostend and it invites the visitor to cast a view on the see through the ‘window'. Martin says: ‘This is an open window, a window to the sea in this...
Extended deadline for applications to the Summer Course
The deadline for applications to the Summer Course for the study of the Arts in Flanders has been extended through November 17, 2014. Through that date MA- or PhD students may apply for this intensive 10-day course and have the possibility to apply for several grants. By extending the deadline the organisation of the Summer Course would like to give more students the possibility to apply. The...
Manfred Sellink
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 Dutchman Manfred Sellink (born 1962) was elected after an extensive recruitment procedure. Sellink holds a PhD in Art History (Vrije...