26. JAN - 3. FEB | 2019 TOUR & TAXIS | BRÜSSEL

VIDEOS


  • Living with Style (FR/NL)

    By Axel Vervoordt, gallery owner, antique dealer, interior designer...
    Axel Vervoordt is considered one of the most original and adventurous collectors and dealers of our time. His is known worldwide for the extraordinary design of his stands at major international exhibitions and his curation of exhibitions in Venice. He appreciates the universal and timeless quality in art, and has a particular gift for creating relationships between art objects. His business has grown into an international company with 100 employees specializing not only in art and antiques, but also in interior design. The company now has its own Home Collection and a contemporary art gallery. In his lecture at BRAFA he will elaborate on 30 images from his exhibitions, reviving the Vlaeykensgang in Antwerp and the castle of Gravenwezel. He will share with us his passion for life with art.
    In partnership with COLLECT AAA
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  • History of the African collections of the quai Branly Museum (FR)

    By Hélène Joubert, Head curator responsible for the African Heritage Collections of the quai Branly Museum
    The quai Branly museum has been quick to follow in the footsteps of the Louvre, Beaubourg and the Musée d’Orsay, and is now one of the greatest French museums. The museum’s fame rests on the richness and diversity of its collections, which have been created and enriched over the years by explorers, adventurers, businessmen, missionaries, soldiers, administrators, ethnologists, researchers, collectors, art-lovers, curators and art dealers. These collective and individual contributions have shaped the museum’s unique character, and confirmed its position in 19th to 21st century history. This talk will retrace the history of these acquisitions from 1878 to the present day.
    In partnership with TRIBAL ART Magazine
    Avec le soutien du Service culturel de l’Ambassade de France en Belgique
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  • What a mask can say: thoughts on the iconography of a Luba mask from the collections of the Royal Museum of Central Africa (FR)

    By Dr. Julien Volper, art historian, researcher and assistant curator of the section of ethnography at the RMCA in Tervuren. The famous horned helmet mask collected by Oscar Michaux in the 1890s
    is one of the most important pieces in the collection of the Royal Museum
    for Central Africa. Many questions are raised by this work of mysterious
    beauty. In his lecture, Julien Volper will develop a number of themes
    arising from his detailed study of the mask.
    In partnership with Tribal Art Magazine
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  • The new MEG (Ethnographic Museum of Geneva): a story of collections, passion and works of art - part 1 (FR)

    By Boris Wastiau, Director of the MEG
    The new MEG is the most recently created museum in Geneva. With a rich collection of over 70.000 objects from 1500 cultures spread across the five continents, it has struck a chord with both the public and specialists. But why gather so many exotic objects together in town - and country - that never had any colonies? From the cabinet of curiosities from the library of Calvin College to international Geneva, the talk given by the director of the MEG, who is also honorary Professor of religious African art at the University of Geneva, will encompass three centuries of collection and diverse museum projects.
    In partnership with Tribal Art Magazine
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  • Informal chat about the world of diamonds, precious stones and jewellery by Jean Boghossian and Christian Vrouyr - Language: FR/ENG

    By Jean Boghossian, jeweller, artist and patron and Christian Vrouyr, General Secretary of BRAFA
    Diamonds, rubies, emeralds... The eternal beauty of precious stones. This discussion will delve into the career and secrets of a true professional, an open conversation about the world of diamonds, precious stones and jewellery, illustrated with personal anecdotes and memories.
    In partnership with Tendencias del Mercado del Arte
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  • Treasures to hand down, wonderful stories to share by François Schuiten and Dominique Allard - Languages: FR/NL

    By François Schuiten, comic book artist and scenographer and
    Dominique Allard, Director of the King Baudouin Foundation
    The King Baudouin Foundation’s devotion to the transmission of cultural heritage is encapsulated by the works of Victor Horta, François Schuiten and Didier Comès that it is exhibiting this year. The Foundation has invited François Schuiten to discuss his own story with you : Why donate ? What difficulties has the group encountered ? Dominique Allard, director of the King Baudouin Foundation, will share his experience of working with the Foundation’s collection.
    In partnership with La Libre Belgique – Trends – Trends Tendances
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  • The restoration of the Mystic Lamb - Part 1 (ENG/FR/NL)

    By Anne van Grevenstein-Kruse, Professor Emeritus of conservation and restoration at the University of Amsterdam
    The altarpiece of the Mystic Lamb by the van Eyck brothers (1432) is not
    only extraordinary for its beauty, but also for the eventfulness of its existence.
    Since the 1950s, the conservation and restoration treatments carried out on it
    have enabled researchers to study the altarpiece in detail, and new techniques of examination and analysis have uncovered completely unexpected facets of this magnificent work of art. The current restoration project has already given us a far more accurate vision of the work as a whole, and has begun to reveal the full splendour of the van Eyck brothers’ work. Anne van Grevenstein-Kruse and Livia Depuydt-Elbaum will discuss the discoveries they have made.
    In partnership with De Standaard / La Libre Belgique
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  • The restoration of the Mystic Lamb - Part 2 (ENG/FR/NL)

    By Livia Depuydt-Elbaum, Head restorer of the Mystic Lamb at the Royal Institute of Art Heritage
    The altarpiece of the Mystic Lamb by the van Eyck brothers (1432) is not
    only extraordinary for its beauty, but also for the eventfulness of its existence.
    Since the 1950s, the conservation and restoration treatments carried out on it
    have enabled researchers to study the altarpiece in detail, and new techniques of examination and analysis have uncovered completely unexpected facets of this magnificent work of art. The current restoration project has already given us a far more accurate vision of the work as a whole, and has begun to reveal the full splendour of the van Eyck brothers’ work. Anne van Grevenstein-Kruse and Livia Depuydt-Elbaum will discuss the discoveries they have made.
    In partnership with De Standaard / La Libre Belgique
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  • Drawing in silver & gold: Dutch & Flemish metalpoint drawings from the 15th to the 17th (ENG)

    By An Van Camp, Curator of Dutch and Flemish Drawings and Prints at the British Museum in London
    Metalpoint was a technique widely used by Flemish Renaissance artists
    such as Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden and Gerard David, whose works
    are admired worldwide for their precision and genius. The technique results in delicate and often very detailed drawings, and was still used in the 16th century, notably by Rembrandt, before being progressively abandoned from the late 17th century. This talk will provide an overview of metalpoint illustrated by a selection of emblematic drawings that will figure in an upcoming exhibition to be held in Washington and London.
    In partnership with Apollo
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  • Rearranging the furniture – a new perspective at the Victoria & Albert Museum
    By Nick Humphrey
    Language: ENG

    By Nick Humphrey, Curator of Furniture 1400-1700, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
    Since 2001, the Victoria & Albert in London has gradually transformed
    its galleries of design and decorative art. The newest gallery, devoted to
    Western Furniture, took a radical approach : it is the only gallery in the world
    to examine the techniques of construction and decoration comprehensively,
    from ancient developments such as intarsia to the most recent 3D printing.
    Nick Humphrey, co-curator of the gallery, will explain how it came about
    and explore some of its most fascinating contents.
    In partnership with The Antiques Trade Gazette
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  • Picasso and eroticism: a scandalous exhibition ? Part 1 (FR)

    By Dominique Dupuis-Labbé, Head of acquisitions, restoration, conservation and research, general director of cultural heritage in the collections division, the French museum board
    Eroticism runs through Picasso’s work, where artistic creation and sexual instinct often interconnect. From the series of drawings devoted to brothels dating from 1899 and 1900, to the sepulchral embraces of the 1970s, Picasso never stopped exploring the sexual tension between men and women, playing with the boundary between eroticism and pornography and experimenting with representations of the body. Dominique Dupuis-Labbé, organizer of the emblematic exhibition Picasso érotique, shown in Paris in 2001, will explore the subject through a selection of Picasso’s key works.
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  • Picasso and eroticism: a scandalous exhibition? Part 2 (FR)

    By Dominique Dupuis-Labbé, Head of acquisitions, restoration, conservation and research, general director of cultural heritage in the collections division, the French museum board
    Eroticism runs through Picasso’s work, where artistic creation and sexual
    instinct often interconnect. From the series of drawings devoted to brothels
    dating from 1899 and 1900, to the sepulchral embraces of the 1970s, Picasso
    never stopped exploring the sexual tension between men and women, playing with the boundary between eroticism and pornography and experimenting with representations of the body. Dominique Dupuis-Labbé, organizer of the emblematic exhibition Picasso érotique, shown in Paris in 2001, will explore the subject through a selection of Picasso’s key works.
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  • The new MEG (Ethnographic Museum of Geneva): a story of collections, passion and works of art - part 2 (FR)

    By Boris Wastiau, Director of the MEG.
    The new MEG is the most recently created museum in Geneva. With a rich collection of over 70.000 objects from 1500 cultures spread across the five continents, it has struck a chord with both the public and specialists. But why gather so many exotic objects together in town - and country - that never had any colonies? From the cabinet of curiosities from the library of Calvin College to international Geneva, the talk given by the director of the MEG, who is also honorary Professor of religious African art at the University of Geneva, will encompass three centuries of collection and diverse museum projects.
    In partnership with Tribal Art Magazine
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  • From Floris to Rubens - Great Master drawings from a Belgian private collection (NL/FR)

    By Stefaan Hautekeete, Curator of the collection of ancient drawings at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

    Talk in regard of the exhibition featuring 90 drawings by artists from the southern and northern Netherlands dating from the 16th and early 17th centuries, one of the most extraordinary periods in the history of draughtsmanship. They were assembled with great care by a collector. In addition to beautiful sketches for prints, paintings, and tapestries by great masters such as Frans Floris and Peter Paul Rubens, other drawings include figures studies by Hendrick Goltzius and Cornelis De Vos. The majority of the selected drawings have never shown to the public before. The talk will be conducted in the presence of the collector. Introduction by Dominique Allard, Director of the King Baudouin Foundation.
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  • The most valuable of all ancient coins is to be found in Brussels! (FR)

    By François de Callataÿ, Head of Department at the Royal Library of Belgium and member of the Royal Academy of Belgium
    Belgium is the proud possessor of the tetradrachm of Aitna, which was created in Sicily about 460BC, and is the ancient coin most highly prized by collectors today. Given to the Royal Belgian Library's Cabinet of Coins and Medals, it belonged to the unrivalled collection of Greek coins built up by Lucien de Hirsch (1856-1887), the only son of Maurice de Hirsch de Gereuth, one of the richest men of his time. This talk will cover all aspects of the coin's worldwide fame (conversation, engraving, iconography, historical interest).
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  • Carbon-14 dating in art - From fake objects to false assumptions

    By Emmanuel Vartanian, Physicist at Re.S.Artes Laboratory (A Scientific Approach to Art and Cultural Heritage, Bordeaux) and Celine Roque, Art historian, Re.S.Artes Laboratory
    Carbon-14 dating has regularly been used to authenticate art objects, and has proved its worth as a tool for identifying fakes made from modern materials. Faced with the constant refinement of forgery techniques however, this method has its limitations, and a constant dialogue has to be kept up between scientists and art-world experts. Following questions posed by certain problematic objects, some erroneous ideas began to circulate, and a number of false underlying assumptions came to light. Emmanuel Vartanian and Céline Roque will confront these with scientific fact and unveil some new advances that enable them to be overcome…
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  • The Enchanted Pose rediscovered: when a Magritte hides a Magritte by Michael Duffy and Danielle Johnson - Language: ENG

    By Michael Duffy, Painting Conservator, and Danielle Johnson, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Painting and Sculpture - Museum of Modern Art, New York
    During the preparation of the exhibition ‘Magritte: The Mystery of the
    Ordinary, 1926-1938’, held in New York until January 2014, the MOMA
    team found a hidden Magritte under another Magritte. After scientific
    studies and graphic comparisons, MOMA and the Art Institute of
    Chicago were able to assign these hidden fragments to a painting called
    ‘La Pose enchantée’ (‘The Enchanted Pose’) (1927). The adventure did
    not stop there because there are still two fragments, hidden in existing
    collections. This painting can only be recomposed in its integrity when
    these are found. Michael Duffy, the restorer who discovered this hidden
    treasure, and Danielle Johnson, assistant curator of the department
    of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art will come
    from New York specifically to share this adventure that led to the
    identification of these fragments of ‘La Pose enchantée’.
    In partnership with Le Vif/L’Express – Knack
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