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Getting At What Truth Really Is (Not That Simple)

“True seems to be that which is in accordance with the facts or reality, the way things simply are. But it is not as simple as that. For there are not only ‘brute facts’ (eg whether Germany invaded Belgium in 1914), but also more complex phenomena, where interpretation and the weighing of evidence apply (eg, the causes of World War One). How we make sense of things has a great deal to do with what truth means.” – 3 Quarks Daily
Tags: Art, Germany, Ideas, Belgium, 02.22.21

The Oldest Known Globe to Depict the New World Was Engraved on an Ostrich Egg, Maybe by Leondardo da Vinci (1504)

Image by Davidguam via Wikimedia Commons Every time you think you’ve got a handle on Leonardo da Vinci’s genius (which is to say, you think you’ve heard about the most important things he painted, wrote, and invented), yet more evidence comes to light of the many ways he meets the standard for the adjective “genius”…. Recently, Leonardo re-appeared not only as an inventor of futuristic military technology or discoverer of complex human anatomy, but also as the first European to depict the “New ...
Tags: Google, Art, Maps, London, College, Southeast Asia, History, Atlantic, Cambridge, Belgium, Newfoundland, Kim, North America, Library Of Congress, Pacific, Columbus

Museums Around Europe Face Yet More Weeks Of Lockdown

Except in the countries where they aren’t: the Uffizi in Florence welcomed all of 800 visitors when it reopened last week, and Belgium declared museums essential and let them keep operating. But the lockdown stretches on in Britain and Germany, and museum workers get more and more worried; in France, museums had to close again after opening in the summer. Things are getting especially tense in the Netherlands, where people angrily protesting the extension of lockdowns and curfews got tear-gasse...
Tags: Art, France, Germany, Britain, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Belgium, Florence, Visual, 01.25.21

Tintin cover art sells for record-breaking €3.2m

Hergé’s original artwork for Le Lotus Bleu was rejected as too expensive to reproduce in 1936 and given to editor’s son, who kept it in a drawer for decadesA rejected Tintin cover illustrated by Hergé that was gifted to a child and kept in a drawer for decades has set a new world record as the most expensive comic book artwork, selling at auction for €3.2m (£2.8m) on Thursday.Le Lotus Bleu was created in 1936 by the Belgian artist, born Georges Remi, using Indian ink, gouache and watercolour. It...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, France, China, World news, Culture, Illustration, Art and design, Belgium, Comics and graphic novels, Tintin, Hergé, Georges Remi, Le Lotus Bleu, Lotus Bleu

French Police Seize Hoard Of 27,000 Ancient And Medieval Artifacts, Probably Looted

Authorities seized the trove, which includes coins and jewelry from ancient Rome, bracelets and similar items from the Bronze and Iron Ages, and metal objects from the European Middle Ages, from a Frenchman in Belgium who claims he had found the objects in his apple orchard. Customs officials in both countries say they were probably smuggled from France. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Rome, Belgium, Customs, Visual, 12.17.20

Painting in Brussels hall turns out to be an original by Flemish master Jacob Jordaens

Experts say ‘incredible discovery’ is the earliest known version of the early 17th century artist’s Holy Family worksA painting that hung for decades in a municipal building in Brussels has been authenticated as the work of Flemish master Jacob Jordaens.After analysis including dendrochronology – dating works from the wood panels they are painted on – experts determined that it is the oldest known version of The Holy Family by Jordaens, painted in the early 17th century. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Belgium, Brussels, Van Dyck, Jacob Jordaens, Jordaens

The Great Library That Was Completely Destroyed Twice In 26 Years

By the early 20th century, the Catholic University of Leuven/Louvain in Belgium had one of Europe’s great libraries, with 300,000 volumes in total, including rare manuscripts from medieval Europe and the Near East as well as early printed volumes. What’s more, it was open to the general public. Then, in 1914, Kaiser Wilhelm’s army marched through and burned the place down, an action which drew worldwide condemnation. An international effort after World War I rebuilt the collection — and then, i...
Tags: Art, Europe, Belgium, Words, Hitler, Near East, Kaiser Wilhelm, Richard Ovenden, 12.02.20, Catholic University of Leuven Louvain, Bodleian Libraries at Oxford

Britain’s Arts Organizations Are Begging For Help. In The Rest Europe, They’re Getting It

In France, Germany, Italy or Belgium, where the arts are heavily subsidized by the state, performing companies and museums can survive with reduced ticket sales. But in Britain, where government funding is much lower and organizations rely on commercial income, most are unprepared for a future in which they can only admit a fraction of their usual audience. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Britain, Belgium, Issues, France Germany Italy, 07.02.20

Museums In Europe Reopen Slowly, Cautiously, And With Both Joy And Fear

This is the way it’s working in Germany and (soon) Belgium: “How are art museums to reopen without endangering staff and visitors? Cimam, the international committee for museums and collections, has already laid out some unarguably rational rules. Timed entry, limited viewing slots, one-way systems. Online booking, plexiglass barriers, face masks and hand gel. No paper, no maps, no headphones; obviously no group tours.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Europe, Germany, Belgium, Visual, 05.09.20

The Stay At Home Museum: Your Private, Guided Tours of Rubens, Bruegel & Other Flemish Masters

Of the many world class museums treating a stuck-at-home public to virtual tours of their collections, none inspire the resolve for future travel as the Stay At Home Museum, an initiative of the Flanders tourism board. Before the COVID-19 epidemic response demanded the temporary shuttering of all such attractions, the region was entering the final year of a 3-year festival celebrating such Flemish masters as Jan Van Eyck, Pieter Bruegel, and Peter Paul Rubens. Its website appeals to ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Art, College, Museums, Belgium, Brussels, Christ, Bruges, Ghent, Bacchus, Facebook Twitter, Adam, Ruben, Eve, Rubens

From Belgium to New York

When I think about the works by the brilliant Belgium-based choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker that I’ve seen over the years, I realize how the different New York spaces in which they were performed affected not just my eyesight, but my feelings. – Deborah Jowitt
Tags: Art, New York, Belgium, Ajblogs, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, 02.20.20

Green-roofed brick home 'disappears' into the landscape

Antwerp-based studio Studio Okami Architects has unveiled a design that masterfully blends a home into its surrounding landscape. Built into a sloped hill, the brick-clad and aptly named Sloped Villa uses an expansive green roof to help the house “disappear” into its serene natural setting. Located in an idyllic area of Mont-de-l’Enclus in Belgium, the Sloped Villa came to be after the homeowners, who purchased an expansive, sloping plot of land, met with the architects and explained their visi...
Tags: Design, Poland, Belgium, Villa, Antwerp, Studio Okami Architects, Filip Dujardin

Someone Found An Old Photo Album Full Of Pics Of This Woman And Hollywood Celebrities In A Thrift Shop

Bruce Willis A thrift shop in Belgium has caused quite a stir on the Internet. People at Opnieuw & Co, a local establishment in Mortsel, discovered an old photo album where a woman posed next to the biggest stars in Hollywood. After they shared some of the pictures, the online community immediately started their investigation. Who was this woman hugging Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie... Source
Tags: Photography, Hollywood, Design, Celebrities, Belgium, Retro, Album, Portraits, Bruce Willis, Hollywood Celebrities In A Thrift Shop, Internet People at Opnieuw Co

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Belgium's beautiful bike route, Australia's guerilla environmental group, Sweden's floating hotel and more from the web Record-Setting NASA Astronaut Returns to Earth Record-setting NASA astronaut Christina Koch has returned to her home planet after an incredible 328 days in orbit—the second-longest single trip into space by an American astronaut. During those 11 months among the stars, Koch took part in the first three all-woman spacewalks, …
Tags: Travel, Art, Apps, Space, Science, Design, News, Sweden, Internet, Australia, Hotels, Environment, Advertising, History, Nasa, Bacteria

Cycling Through the Trees of Limburg, Belgium’s Bike Route

1,200+ miles of well-paved bike path in Limburg, Belgium grant cyclists access to “an open-air museum, an arboretum, a nature reserve,” and more. Once riders pass through Bokrijk’s “Cycling Through Water” installation (a 650+ foot path stretching out through a pond), they’re greeted by a 19th-century castle. Further down, the route takes to the air: the aptly named “Cycling Through the Trees” leg, a recent …
Tags: Design, Bikes, Nature, Cycling, Bicycling, Belgium, Biking, Bike Paths, Linkaboutit, Landscape Architecture, Bike Riding, Limburg, Limburg Belgium, Bokrijk

After all these years, the Lamb of God is looking at you.

That's a closeup of the central figure in the Ghent Altarpiece, before and after restoration. The great masterpiece by Hubert and Jan Van Eyck (1432) had been painted over in the 16th century, and people had gotten used to the eyes way off to the side. But the image on the right puts the eyes back where Hu and Jan had them.I'm reading "Ghent Altarpiece: Lamb's 'alarmingly humanoid' face surprises art world" (BBC). Smithsonian Magazine is quoted saying "These features are 'eye-catching, if not al...
Tags: Art, Eyes, Law, Wikipedia, Bible, Christianity, Belgium, Jesus, Sheep, John, Lions, Hubert, Judah, John the Baptist, Jan, Hu

Lamb of (oh my) God: disbelief at 'alarmingly humanoid' restoration of Ghent altarpiece

Painstaking operation to return Adoration of the Lamb to its former glory has left many speechlessA restoration of one of the world’s most famous paintings has been described as “a shock for everybody” after it revealed a depiction of a sheep with extremely human-like eyes.The Ghent Altarpiece, completed by Hubert and Jan van Eyck in 1432, is a 15th-century masterpiece in St Bavo’s Cathedral in Belgium, widely considered to be the first major artwork to use oil paint. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, World news, Art and design, Belgium, Hubert, Jan van Eyck, St Bavo 's Cathedral

'Alarmingly humanoid': shear disbelief over restoration of Ghent altarpiece

Painstaking operation to return Adoration of the Lamb to its former glory has left many speechlessA restoration of one of the world’s most famous paintings has been described as “a shock for everybody” after it revealed a depiction of a sheep with extremely human-like eyes.The Ghent Altarpiece, completed by Hubert and Jan van Eyck in 1432, is a 15th-century masterpiece in St Bavo’s Cathedral in Belgium, widely considered to be the first major artwork to use oil paint. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, World news, Art and design, Belgium, Hubert, Jan van Eyck, St Bavo 's Cathedral

Familie review – Milo Rau's soulful hymn to life on the brink of death

NTGent, Ghent, BelgiumAn acting family play the members of a family about to take their own lives in this unnerving and heartbreaking celebration of the ordinaryIt is a dark winter’s night in Belgium, a country where the suicide rate has been called “dismally high”. Suicide is an awkward subject, but director Milo Rau is not one to shy away from society’s ugly corners. Mesmerising and alarming, Familie completes a trilogy that began with Five Easy Pieces, in which children told the story of chil...
Tags: Europe, Theatre, Society, Mental Health, Culture, Stage, Belgium, Calais, Marc Dutroux, Milo Rau, Ihsane Jarfi, Demeester

2019 — Borbay’s Year In Review… Europe, Portraits, Universal Hip Hop Museum and Community Theatre

2019… oh, what a year… Europe, Whistler, Vegas… portraits… a museum collection… New York press — let’s jump right in my very good friend. [Friends, due to an undisclosed server issue, my incoming emails are not working at the moment. If you’d like to reach me, try: [email protected] — thank you!] I had the great …
Tags: Art, Family, New York, Love, Wedding, Golf, Belgium, Las Vegas, Whistler, Bubbles, Diddy, Vegas, Contemporary Art, Modern Art, Artist, Central Park

Atlantic Looks at Ongoing Struggles to Decolonize the Museum

A piece in The Atlantic this week highlights debates over the collection of the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Belgium, and how ongoing debates over decolonization has put the museum collection under a critical lens. “The collections of the Royal Museum for Central Africa have been composed by Europeans; it remains a challenge, therefore, to tell the […]
Tags: Art, News, Atlantic, Belgium, Art News, Minipost, Central Africa, Atlantic Looks, Decolonize, Royal Museum for Central Africa

Dutch company collects plastic pollution from rivers to make parks and products

Plastic pollution is a worldwide problem, with piles of debris along coastlines, on roadsides, in landfills and floating in waterways. Environmentally conscious companies are looking for ways to clean up the mess while simultaneously seeking out methods to recycle plastic waste into other products. One Dutch company, The Recycled Island Foundation (RIF), is tackling both problems with one solution — Litter Traps. According to the RIF website, the motivation for the project came from the knowled...
Tags: Design, Indonesia, Environment, Features, Plastic, Belgium, Recycling, Ocean Pollution, Rotterdam, Recycled Plastic, Rotterdam The Netherlands, Meuse River, Rif, The Recycled Island Foundation RIF, Litter Traps, Litter Trap

The Renovation Of Belgium’s Africa Museum Was Supposed To Address The Country’s Ugly Colonial History. It Hasn’t Made Much Of A Start.

“When the museum reopened last year, Aline Nyirahumure, who is from Rwanda and runs the African cultural center Kuumba in Brussels, was not impressed. Much of the money went into a new building that includes auditoriums for educational events as well as a gift shop and restaurant. Much else has barely changed.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Belgium, Brussels, Rwanda, Visual, 10.31.19, Africa Museum Was Supposed To Address The Country, Aline Nyirahumure, Kuumba

Catholic Group Tries To Shut Down Brussels Opera Production With Nude Joan Of Arc

The Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Belgium’s national opera house, is presenting a staging of Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher (Joan of Arc at the Stake) by provocative director Romeo Castellucci in which the Maid of Orléans is shown, in extremis, unclothed. A group called the Pro Europa Christiana Federation has petitioned both La Monnaie’s director and Belgium’s minister of culture to close the show, arguing that the production, in which “Saint Joan of Arc is again the target of a pornographic...
Tags: Art, Music, Belgium, Joan, Orleans, Jeanne, Honegger, Romeo Castellucci, La Monnaie, Monnaie, 10.30.19, Pro Europa Christiana Federation, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie Belgium

Green-roofed CLT classrooms immerse children in nature

After transforming a historic castle into a secondary school for the Groenendaal College, Antwerp architectural firm HUB was approached once again by the same client to tackle another inspiring school project — an energy-efficient primary school addition in the middle of leafy Groenendaal Park. Fittingly titled the Park Classrooms, the recently completed project provides four classrooms and a large central gathering space for up to 90 Groenendaal Primary School children aged between 6 to 7 years...
Tags: UK, Design, Architecture, Energy Efficiency, Belgium, Sustainable Design, Pavilion, Natural Light, Skylights, Green Roof, Cross Laminated Timber, Hub, Antwerp, CLT, Classrooms, Natural Materials

Not The Nutcracker! Spellbinding dance straight from the playground

Caroline Cornélis draws on everyday life to make elegant shows for young audiences. In 10:10, three dancers and a drummer recreate break timeShows for young audiences are frequently set in fantasy and fairytale worlds, but the school playground is children’s daily domain of make-believe. A stretch of tarmac and a knackered climbing frame will host dozens of overlapping adventures, either continued next playtime or forgotten forever.These mini playground dramas are the inspiration for a wonderful...
Tags: Europe, Music, Arts, Education, Theatre, World news, Dance, Culture, Stage, Schools, Belgium, Children's Theatre, Arts in schools

Colour Is The New Black : Men’s Accessories Trends in 2019

Know how to say colour in 18 different languages? We do. And this year, it seems the French do too. Trendhim’s Colour Report ranks Europe’s most colourful countries in 2019.   The Top 10 Most Colourful Countries (and how they say “colour”) : France – “couleur” Germany – “farbe” Belgium – “kleur” / “couleur” / “farbe” Finland – “väri” Portugal – “cor” United Kingdom – “colour” Hungary – “szín” Netherlands – “kleur” Spain – “color” Switzerland – “farbe” / “couleur” / “colore”   We all know that...
Tags: Europe, Design, France, Germany, Trends, Spain, Hungary, United Kingdom, Paris, Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland, Belgium, Finland, Louis Vuitton, Trendhim

Belgium’s Royal Museum Says It Wants To Confront The Country’s Colonial Africa Past. There’s Just One Problem…

“I went there a month later, and spent two days trying to access its famed music archives, and mostly just looking around. And at the risk of spoiling any big, revelatory climax, I’ll just tell you: there’s basically nothing in the museum that honestly confronts what went on in Central Africa.” – The Outline
Tags: Art, Belgium, Issues, 05.14.19, Royal Museum Says It Wants To Confront The Country

Ghana shakes up art's 'sea of whiteness' with its first Venice pavilion

In curving galleries designed by David Adjaye, artists are using bottletop sculptures and groundbreaking photography to put Africa firmly on the biennale mapThe Venice Art Biennale, the world’s most celebrated international art event, has a history that is inextricably bound up with colonialism. Its first pavilion for the showcasing of a “national” art was established by Belgium in 1907. Britain followed soon after. European countries remain dominant at the event – at least numerically.And altho...
Tags: Art, China, Africa, Race, Video Art, Painting, UK News, World news, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Sculpture, Belgium, Installation, Venice, Ghana

As Rents Rise, Artists Are Reviving the Idea of the Medieval Guild

From London to Berlin, five collectives embracing the centuries-old structure of shared resources and labor.
Tags: Art, Design, London, News, France, Germany, Berlin, Netherlands, Belgium, Waibel, Real Estate and Housing (Residential, Jule, Medieval Guild

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