Adriaen Brouwer Returns Home

Ask the average art-lover to name the most important seventeenth-century Flemish artists and it’s quite unlikely that Adriaen Brouwer will rarely figure in the list, even though he undoubtedly belongs there. His contemporaries admired his ...


M - STAM - MAS. City Museums

Three Flemish cities, Antwerp, Ghent and Leuven all have a new museum. They show three different ways of tackling a project. In each case, existing old collections are given a new, engaging presentation.


Closed Yet Close By The Royal Museum for Fine Arts in Antwerp

The renovation of the Museum for Fine Arts in Antwerp will take at least six years, and it is hoped that it will be able to reopen in 2017. Although the museum is closed at present, the collection is still accessible. Some 600 works are tra...


The Dutch Language Union

In 1980 the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Kingdom of Belgium signed a treaty which officially recognised that Dutch was the common language of the Dutch and the Flemish. This treaty also provided for the founding of a body to develop t...


Remembering Herbert Hoover

The outbreak of the First World War in August 1914 marked the beginning of difficult times for the majority of the Belgian population. Seven million Belgians were threatened with starvation. A handful of politicians and business people trie...


‘Nuts', Hunger and Cold. The Last Winter of War

Cold and hunger played a major role at the end of the the Second World War. The Battle of the Bulge still fires the imagination. Heroic combat encounters, in exceptionally bad climatic conditions, have given rise to many stories and myths, ...


Now (or Never)… Rubens

In 2004 the Rubens-lover is to be pampered by a plethora of exhibitions in both Europe and America. In short: anyone who fails to visit a Rubens exhibition in 2004 is either living on another planet or is a real Rubens-hater; and for the la...


Tyndale's Testament

About the bible translator whose life ended at the stake in Vilvoorde. An exhibition in Antwerp (with an interesting catalogue) paid a fitting tribute to a relatively little-known man who made an important contribution to the formation of t...


De Brakke Grond, a Flemish House in the Netherlands

In its twenty years of existence the Flemish cultural centre De Brakke Grond in Amsterdam has evolved into the first port of call for anyone in the Netherlands who is interested in Flemish culture. It is no Flemish cultural reservation but ...


Gerard Mercator and Cartography in Flanders

The image of the world that the Flemish cartographer Mercator, whose death was commemorated in 1994, created with his work was not improved upon until the 18th century.


The Promotion of Translation in the Netherlands and Flanders

At the beginning of the 1990s Dutch literature started getting some relative success abroad. This was obviously due primarily to the quality of the books. But we can also state that the policies promoting translations in the Netherlands and...

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