Rogier van der Weyden 1400/1464 – Master of Passions
(M Leuven, 20 September – 6 December 2009)
The exhibition Rogier van der Weyden 1400/1464 – Master
of Passions illustrates the originality and importance of the
most influential painter of the 15th century and the first to
depict real people with real emotions. In bringing more than
100 masterpieces to M, Leuven’s new museum which opens
on September 20th, it promises to be one of the cultural
highlights of 2009.
The beginning of the 15th century saw the emergence of a
talented generation of painters in the Low Countries. With
their exceptional eye for detail, they were an innovative
force in Western painting. These artists went down in history
as the Flemish Primitives.
Rogier van der Weyden and Jan van Eyck tower above the
others. Van Eyck is an outstanding observer and van der
Weyden is the inimitable master of passion and subdued
emotion. Van der Weyden is generally regarded as the most
influential painter in the Southern Netherlands in the 15th
Rogier van der Weyden, St. Mary Magdalene
century. Indeed, his artistic idiom was copied all over Reading
Europe. National Gallery London
The prestigious exhibition in Leuven is a unique opportunity to discover or rediscover the
artist. His originality and influence are illustrated by means of over 100 masterpieces on loan
from major European and North-American collections. Some works return to Flanders for the
first time in six centuries.
Exhibition dedicated to Belgian artist James Ensor at Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
in New York and Musée d’Orsay in Paris
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) dedicates an exhibition (23 June – 21 September 2009) to the Belgian artist
James Ensor (1860-1949) and presents approximately 120 paintings, drawings and prints.
The exhibition will travel to Paris (Musée d’Orsay), from 20 October 2009 to 4 February 2010.
James Ensor, a native of the Belgian coastal town of Ostend, was a major figure in the Belgian avant-garde of the
late nineteenth century and an important precursor to the development of Expressionism in the early twentieth.
In both respects he has influenced generations of later artists. This exhibition
examines Ensor's contribution to modernity, his innovative and allegorical use of light,
his prominent use of satire, his deep interest in carnival and performance, and his own
self-fashioning and use of masking, travesty, and role-playing. Most of the works in
this exhibition were made during Ensor’s most creative period, from 1880 to the mid-
Skeletons Fighting over a Pickled Herring, 1891
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels
The intrigue, 1890
Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp
38th Festival de Wallonie Brussels, Art Nouveau's capital
(June 13– October 13, 2009, in Brussels and in various 5th Art Nouveau-Biennial: “From Art Nouveau to
Wallonian cities) Art Deco” (Brussels, 3 - 25 October, 2009)
The 5th Art Nouveau-Biennial, organized by Voir et Dire
The Festival of Wallonia has become one of those Bruxelles, will take place in October during the first four
not-to-be-missed events in Wallonia's musical life.
weekends in that month. The Biennial 2009 theme is
Six festivals invite the public to discover the “From Art Nouveau to Art Deco”.
architectural and musical heritage of the region.
Each year a shared theme forms the common
Since its first occurrence in 2001, the Biennial's
denominator of the entire festival's programming.
visibility has continued to increase, as have its visitor
This year the main theme is "Brittannia". The
numbers. Thus, the Biennial attracted over 5000
Festival of Wallonia takes us to England, the
visitors in 2007, and has since become an event with a
country of origin of the four composers whose
truly international scope.
birthdays the festival this year celebrates: Purcell,
Händel, Haydn and Mendelssohn. The guest of
honor for this occasion is James Bowman.
During the Biennial each district of the Belgian capital
The avant première took place on June 13 and 14,
opens mansions, private homes, schools and shops,
2009 in Brussels (Flagey). Thereafter, each of the
and public buildings exclusively to the public, who are
festivals took/will take place in various Wallonia
invited to uncover Brussels' stunning interiors.
Namur: July 3-11, 2009
Every weekend another Brussels neighborhood stands
Saint-Hubert: June 27-July 26, 2009
in the spotlight. Besides visiting interiors, the public can
Stavelot: August 2-15, 2009
also attend various conferences and participate in other
Brabant wallon: September 13 - October 10, 2009
activities around the Art Nouveau and Art Deco theme.
Liège: September 5 - October 13, 2009
Voir et Dire Bruxelles also offers several professionally
Hainaut: September 18 - October 10, 2009
guided tours, which can be taken either on foot or by
http://www.festivaldewallonie.be bus, or even by bike!
KlaraFestival Forza Musica! – 6th
“International Brussels Music Festival”
(Brussels, August 28 – September 11, 2009)
The Klara Festival, which is co-produced by the Festival of Flanders Brussels,
Bozar Music, Flagey, and Klara broadcasting, each year manages to offer the
best of classical music but always with an interesting special perspective.
Added original concepts have engaged a wide audience. Classical music is no
longer corny and boring, but bursting with energy!
Forza Musica! No other slogan can embody what the Klara Festival truly
signifies. On the occasion of the First Night of the KlaraFestival, listeners who
had planned to show up as well as unsuspecting passers-by are presented
with classical concerts on various city squares, and in train and subway
Every festival day, three scheduled events could always be counted on: at
12:30 pm lunch concerts in Flagey, evening concerts at 8:00 pm (alternately
at the Palace of Fine Arts and in Flagey), and around 10:00 pm late nights,
held in turn at café Belga one evening, then outside the Heilig Kruisplein /
Place Sainte-Croix in Brussels the other.
Artists with established reputations, as well as new talent got a chance to
perform. This year's program allowed the perception of two specific lines of
force: the Far East, which is poised between traditional and contemporary
creations, and Sweden, an honored guest on the occasion of its presidency of
the European Union.
For two weeks straight the Klara Festival was able to be followed live on radio
Festival van Vlaanderen (Festival of Flanders)
The magnificent architectural heritage of Flanders represents great opportunities and infrastructure for musical
events. For over five decades, the Festival of Flanders has used this to rouse the interest of young and the old
toward classical music.
By supporting young Flemish artists, and by being at the forefront of innovative trends, the organisation
contributes to the cultural effluence of Flanders. Seven festivals, each in their own obstinate yet unique way,
amplify their own activities. Some examples: in Antwerp - “Laus Polyphoniae”; in Bruges – the “Musica Antiqua”
festival; in Brussels – the “KlaraFestival”; in Ghent – “OdeGand”; in Limburg – the “Basilica Festival” (in Mechelen
and Vlaams-Brabant). Regional accents support the entire classical repertoire from the Middle Ages to the present,
with occasional excursions to traditional world music.
All in all this adds up to a noteworthy supply of concerts of more than 550 performances and educational projects
in over 80 cities and towns.Visitors from in- and outside the country can discover the activities at the Festival of
Flanders from June through October. The broad offerings guarantee that there is clearly something for everyone!
EVENTS IN BELGIUM UPCOMING EVENTS 2009
For general touristic information about Belgium: Europalia China.
http://www.visitbelgium.com/ October 2009 – February 2010
http://www.agenda.be Brussels and other Belgian cities
tourisme.be/contenus/agenda__culturel/fr/181.html Whales and dolphins.
http://www.cfwb.be/index.php?id=portail_theme_culture 14 October 2009 - 29 August 2010
http://www.visitflanders.com Brussels, Museum of Natural Sciences
Ambiorix, King of the Eburones.
5 December 2009 - 13 June 2010
CURRENT EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS Tongeren, Gallo-Roman Museum
30 May - 27 September 2009
Antwerp, Museum Middelheim SPORTS
Beaufort 03, Art by the sea. 4 October 2009
Beaufort Inside & Beaufort Outside, Triennial for Contemporary Brussels
28 March - 4 October 2009
http://www.beaufort03.be MUSIC FESTIVALS
REUNION. From Quinten Metsijs to Peter Paul Rubens. http://www.festivals.be
Masterpieces from the Royal Museum reunited in the http://www.a-z.be/muziekfestivals.html
5 June - 15 November 2009
Antwerp, Cathedral of Our Lady FAIRS
Castles in the air. http://mineco.fgov.be/enterprises/fairs/home_nl.htm
11 September - 15 November 2009
Omo: people and design. http://www.conferencealerts.com/belgium.htm
7 November 2008 - 3 January 2010 http://www.conference-
Tervueren, Royal Museum for Central Africa service.com/conferences/be/index.html
Persona. Ritual masks and contemporary art.
24 April 2009 - 3 January 2010 FILM FESTIVALS
Tervueren, Royal Museum for Central Africa
http://www.africamuseum.be International film festival Flanders-Ghent
6-17 October 2009
2009, year of the comic strip. Ghent
28 February 2008 – 31 December 2009 http://www.filmfestival.be/