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Bozar presents Rubens and his legacy

The Flemish master-painter Sir Pieter Paul Rubens was the Quentin Tarantino of his day, making Flanders one of the world’s foremost regions for painting. He developed his very own personal style, crafting scenes that very often exuded lust and were marked by violence, as well as compassion and elegance, such as “The Three Graces” below. These themes inspired artists all over the world for many centuries to come.

Rubens, who was born in Germany but for the largest part of his life lived in the city of Antwerp, was a proponent of an extravagant Baroque style that emphasised movement, color, and sensuality. He is well-known for his Counter-Reformation altar pieces, portraits, landscapes, and history paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects.

In this unique exhibition by BOZAR, in collaboration with the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp and the Royal Academy of Arts in London, you can rediscover the work of this indomitable genius that has withstood the test of time as well as that of his heirs. You can also see canvases by other famous painters such as Van Dyck, Watteau, Delacroix, Manet and Kokoschka as well as engravings by Rembrandt and Picasso.

The curator of the exhibition is Nico Van Hout from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, and it is held under the High Patronage of their Majesties the King and Queen. Need we say more…? This is really a not-to-miss expo!

So here’s some practical information:

- “Sensation and Sensuality. Rubens and his Legacy”, from 25 Sept 2014 until 4 Jan 2015

- Place: BOZAR Center for Fine Arts, rue Ravenstein, Brussels

- More info on the website


Manneken Pis Gets Its Own Museum

By 2016, our Brussels hero Manneken Pis will get its very own, brand new museum. The peeing buddy’s various costumes – he has about 923! – will be moved from the Museum of the City of Brussels at Grand place to the House of Folklore and Traditions, located very near the famous statue in the rue du Chêne. It will be a permanent exhibition. These plans were announced during the latest meeting of the Order of Manneken Pis.

What the new museum will look like, is not clear yet. But the Brussels city council confirms that the Manneken Pis museum perfectly fits into the remodeling of the entire museum landscape in the city. As the costumes of the peeing ketje will be removed from the Museum of the City of Brussels, this large exhibition space will be able to welcome new exhibitions, such as 14-18 Brussels on German time, an expo focusing on life during Word War I.

The Order of Manneken Pis is very happy with the plans. “We’ve been asking for a proper archiving space for years,” says PR responsible Marc Guebel. “Nowadays lots of clothing pieces are stored in the private houses of our board members. Just think about the record that chansonnier Maurice Chevalier created, numerous pictures, souvenirs and the like. Actually we don’t have enough space to store all 923 costumes of Manneken Pis. But we are very hopeful for the future!”


14-18 Brussels on German Time

To commemorate the centenary of the First World War, the Museum of the City of Brussels presents the exhibition 14-18 Brussels on German Time. During the war, for 50 months, the people of Brussels did their best to survive an oppressive regime by occupation forces. They lived on German Time, 60 minutes ahead of Belgian time, and their days were interspersed with multiple orders from the occupier. Subjected to the British blockade, Germany very quickly lost everything and helped itself to Belgian resources to support its war effort.


This exposition focuses on life in wartime cities. What was daily life like for the people of Brussels and the inhabitants of major German cities? What was the experience on both sides of the conflict, a major break-up in the evolution of European societies? For those interested in the war, this is a not-to-miss expo!

A lady who lived in Brussels in 1917 witnesses: “Among the many sufferances we had to bear, our despots imposed German time. We never adopted it. But in Brussels, the public clocks had to be set to it. This measure was the inspiration behind a little song in which it was said that by moving time forward by an hour, the enemy was only managing to bring forward our victory by an hour.”


Caricature: “Podeferdeck, ça est un bazar avec toutes ces heures!”

The expo is also very suited for families. Armed with a booklet, children (from 8 years) can follow a route that takes the form of a treasure hunt. A numbered Belgian flag helps them to easily identify the exhibition pieces that are included in the hunt. Each number sends them to an introductory text and a question will test their observation skills. In this way, children have the opportunity to have fun while finding out about the memorable aspects of the daily life of residents of Brussels and the inhabitants of German cities during the Great War.

You can visit “14-18 Brussels on German Time” until 3 May 2015. Entrance fee is 5 €. More info can be found on the website of the Museum of the City of Brussels.

Belgian Beer Weekend: our national drink in the picture

The Knighthood of the Brewers’ Mashstaff and the Belgian Brewers, in collaboration with the City of Brussels and the Brussels-Capital Region, organize the 16th edition of the Belgian Beer Weekend from Friday 5 until Sunday 7 September 2014.

The Grand Place of Brussels will serve once more as decor for this event entirely dedicated to our Belgian national drink. You will have the opportunity to enjoy one or more excellent Belgian beers in one of the most beautiful settings in the world.

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Throughout the weekend several small, medium-sized and large Belgian breweries (see list of participants) offer you a wide range of their products, which allows you to discover and taste the different kinds of beers that stand for the well-known reputation of our country.

Entrance is free. You pay for your beers with specially designed BBW-crowncorks (1 €/crowncork) that are sold at the cash desks or around the Grand Place.

New as of this year is the ‘Proud of our Beers’ site (‘Fiers de nos Bières’) behind the Stock Exchange Building, just a few steps away from the Grand Place. Here you can taste delicious Belgian beers in 75cl bottles in good company. Bottles are sold by the piece, intended for immediate consumption and presented in a magnificent ice bucket with ‘Fiers de nos Bières’-tasting glasses. All this is offered in a lounge atmosphere, with music, beer tasting demonstrations and info sessions presenting key figures from the brewing world. In this way, you can learn more about the brewing industry while enjoying a Belgian beer with friends. The perfect combination, quoi?

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The Belgian Beer Weekend takes place from 5 to 7 September at the Grand Place in Brussels. More info is to be found on the website. See you then?


20 years Christa Reniers

2014 is an anniversary year for jewelry designer Christa Reniers: she’s celebrating 20 years of creation, 20 years of inspiration! To celebrate this impressive landmark, she made a selection of 20 of her most iconic rings, the so-called 20/20 retrospective. These are the designs that have contributed the most to the successes of the brand Christa Reniers. They represent the true  spirit of Christa’s work, and will be given a central place in the shop in Brussels (at Sablon) this fall.


The 20 icons will also be starring during Design September, which turns Brussels into a buzzy meeting platform for many Belgian and international creators and designers. Come and explore this intriguing urban circuit full of new creations and discoveries. Throughout the month of September, participating stores, pop-up shops and iconic design flagship stores will showcase a brand or a designer in a particular fashion. Design September is the ultimate setting for Christa’s designs!

So it’s very clear that September will be a big month for Reniers fans, and for all design lovers in general! Come check it out from 9 to 30 September! More info on the website.


Moreover, Christa Reniers’ designs will be part of The Power of Objects, an exhibition on Belgian design in the ING Cultural Centre on Place Royale. On top of that, the icons will be the subject of an exclusive catalogue, an absolute must have for all Christa Reniers lovers.

‘The Power of Objects’, from September 4 till mid January 2015, at the ING Cultural Center, Place Royale 6, Brussels.

Shop Christa’s jewels at rue Lebau 61, 1000 Brussels, Tue-Sat 12.30pm-6.30pm & Sun 1pm-6.30pm

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