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Exhibition 'The Beauty of War. Waterloo 1815-2015' opens in Brussels on 17 June

Can war be beautiful?

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. In view of this event, historian and artist, Koen Broucke bases an exhibition on this paradoxical assumption: in its representation, the horror of war is given an aesthetic character and even leads to sublime beauty.

  • The curator stages an artistic dialogue between books, prints and drawings from the past and contemporary creations
  • An exhibition investigating the link between art and history
  • Alongside well-known works of Joseph Mallord William Turner, Francisco Goya and James Ensor, some lesser-known and surprising material has surfaced

This exhibition is an initial phase in Koen Broucke’s PhD arts research.

Read on - 15/06/2015 13:40

Henry van de Velde would have been 150 on 3 April

Within the context of the exhibition Henry van de Velde – Passion Function Beauty, due to open in Brussels on 13 September this year and devoted to this multi-talented architect’s work, the Cinquantenaire Museum is proud to announce that it will be able to display the bureau made in 1934-1935 for King Leopold III.

Read on - 02/04/2013 11:52

Coming next year at the Cinquantenaire Museum : a full-scale ‘Henry van de Velde’ retrospective


To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Henry van de Velde, a retrospective of his works will be mounted in the autumn of next year at the Cinquantenaire Museum in Brussels.

Read on - 21/06/2012 11:35