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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...
Master of the Saint Barbara Legend, Basilica of the Holy Blood, Bruges.
In the 12th Century, Count Diederick van de Elzas (1128-1168) had a double chapel erected in the Burg in Bruges. Inside, he installed the Saint Basil Chapel, above which came the Basilica of the Holy Blood. The Saint Basil Chapel is the only Romanesque church building in West Flanders that has been as good as fully preserved. Beginning in 1889, a museum was built in Neo-Bruges style after the...
Albrecht Dürer, Design for the Landauer altar, Musée Condé, Chantilly
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 'The Ghent Altarpiece by the Van Eyck brothers in Berlin. 1820-1920'
The Ghent Altarpiece, painted by the Van Eyck brothers and completed in 1432, is one of the masterpieces of early Netherlandish painting. It is also a work with an eventful history. In 1821 the wings of the altarpiece were acquired for Berlin as part of the Solly Collection. In 1920, however, they were ceded as reparations to Belgium by the German Reich under the Treaty of Versailles. In the...
Exhibition 'Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden and the Discovery of the World'
In the 15th Century, humanity discovered the world, and itself. That is the image that is presented in Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden and the Discovery of the World. In this exhibition, contemporary scientists, historians, philosophers and publicists go in search of indications for this frame of mind in the forty or so Early Netherlandish paintings from the collections of the Royal Museum of...
Programme and 4 grants Summer Course
Several Flemish research centres, universities and art museums have collaborated in organizing the first Summer Course for the Study of the Arts in Flanders in 2015. Today the programme, the participation fee and grant possibilities are announced. The aim of the Summer Course is to bring a group of 18 select national and international, highly qualified young researchers to Flanders annually. The...
Summer course for the study of the arts in Flanders
The Summer course for the study of the arts in Flanders is a joint initiative of the Flemish Art Collection, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, the Groeninge Museum Bruges, the University of Ghent, the Catholic University of Louvain, the Rubenianum and the Flemish Research Centre for the Arts in the Burgundian Netherlands. The first edition of the summer course titled The age of van Eyck in...
Hans Memling, 'Man with a Roman coin', KMSKA, Antwerp.
The exhibition Memling. Rinascimento Fiammingo (Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome) sets out to provide the audience the opportunity, for the very first time in Italy, to gain an insight into the art of Hans Memling (circa 1435-1494). Hans Memling was the most important painter in Bruges between 1465 and 1494. The exhibition is curated by Till-Holger Borchert, chief curator of the Groeninge Museum in...