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Exhibition 'Shin hanga - The new prints of Japan 1900-1960' (14/10/22 - 15/01/23).
  • Train: Centrale train station, Schuman • Metro: Merode, Schuman • Bus: 22, 27, 80, 61 • Tramway: 81
  • 1,5 Merode
  • 81, 82 Merode
  • Opening times

    13/10/2022 - 15/01/2023: * monday: closed * tuesday, wednesday, thursday and friday: from 09:30 to 17:00 * saturday and sunday: from 10:00 to 17:00

  • Price

    Normal: 16,00 € - Enfants: 0,00 € - Seniors: 12,00 € - museumpassmusées: 0,00 €

The Shin hanga (literally « new prints ») art movement was a revival of traditional printmaking (ukiyo e) in the early 20th century. The publisher Watanabe Shōzaburō (1885-1962), noting the decline in xylographic production due to competition from new imported techniques such as photography and lithography, was the movement's greatest promoter. He gathered around him artists whose drawings were printed using traditional woodblock printing techniques. While retaining classic themes such as landscapes, beautiful women (bijin), kabuki actors and flowers-and-birds, Shin hanga prints also reflect a modernizing Japan and seduce with a new aesthetic and an extremely high production quality. Artists: Kawase Hasui, Itō Shinsui, Ohara Koson, Kasamatsu Shirō, Komura Settai, … This exhibition is a logical follow-up to the major Ukiyo-e exhibition held at the Museum in 2016 2017. It takes up the history of traditional printmaking in Japan where the 2016 exhibition ended.

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British artist Antony Gormley is widely known for his iconic sculptures in public spaces such as Angel of the North (Gateshead, UK), Exposure (Lelystad, Netherlands) and Event Horizon (various locations worldwide). Recent exhibitions have taken place at the Royal Academy in London (2019), Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence (2019) and Museum Voorlinden in Wassenaar (2022). The artist, winner of the Turner Prize in 1994, currently has a solo exhibition of new work at Xavier Hufkens in Brussels. Central to Gormley's 40 year career is the human body. Oscillating between figuration and abstraction, Gormley has repeatedly used his own body as the tool and material of his artistic research. His work asks fundamental questions about the human being in relation to nature, the cosmos, and lived time. Gormley, who studied art history, anthropology and archaeology as well as art as a student, sees art as a tool for survival in a world that has become increasingly precarious— “What is the nature of the place we live in? What can we, who live in a body, do as sovereign individuals? Perhaps the greatest challenge to the success of the human species today lies in re-learning that we are an integral part of the biosphere. With my exhibition, I want to question the grounding of our experience and the grounding of consciousness within the body. I also want to investigate the function of art as the ground of the world. What is the purpose of art? Every exhibition contains this question. Today art is traded and institutionalised. I am very keen to hand it back to life.” Gormley does not believe that the dominant narratives of Western art tell the whole story of mankind’s material cultures. He believes that art history needs to be recontextualised, to take into account the countless sources and narratives that circulate worldwide. Thus, in his work, Gormley encourages the viewer to bring their shared experience and stories to the work, just as museums such as the Art & History Museum do. On the occasion of his lecture at the museum, Antony Gormley will be joined for a conversation with Diana Campbell, chief curator of Dhaka Art Summit and artistic director of the Samdani Art Foundation in Bangladesh. ADMISSION FREE OF CHARGE RESERVATION REQUIRED: Free parking available - Also accessible by public transport Bar Photo: Antony Gormley by Oak Taylor-Smith

  • Price

    Normal: 125,00 €

Fan du Japon ! Enfile ton kimono, répète ta chanson de J-pop préférée, affûte tes crayons de couleur, car nous plongeons pendant 5 jours dans la culture de la pop japonaise et des mangas ! On fera le plein d’inspiration au cœur de l’exposition "Shin hanga, les estampes modernes du Japon". Un fier acteur de kabuki, une japonaise rêveuse, un paysage impressionnant ou une ville animée peuvent être les bases d’une super création flashy : dessin à l'encre, collage, impression ou même photographie. Je me demande ce que tu vas choisir ! Stage pour enfants de 6 à 12 ans du lu 02.01 au ve 06.01.23 Activités de 9:30 à 16:30, garderie de 8:30 à 9:30 et de 16:30 à 17:30 125 € - 100 € pour les frères et soeurs

  • Opening times

    31/03/2023 - 01/10/2023: * monday: closed * tuesday, wednesday, thursday and friday: from 09:30 to 17:00 * saturday and sunday: from 10:00 to 17:00

The exhibition Expedition Egypt brings together more than two hundred objects from its eminent Egyptian collection. Highlights include the sumptuously decorated coffins from the priestly cache of Deir el-Bahari, and the beautifully illustrated Book of the Dead of the dignitary Neferrenpet. In addition, a wide variety of stunning pieces from the collection will be shown to the public for the very first time. Objects like funerary stelae, canopic vases for the entrails of the deceased, and shabti figurines meant to accompany the dead in the afterlife, will introduce the visitors to the Egyptian world of the gods and eternal life. The exhibition will also be richly provided with unique historical photographic material. This journey through time will be punctuated by the artistic interventions of Sara Sallam (°1991, Cairo). The artist explores contemporary Egyptian cultural identity and questions the history and meaning of Egyptology. Nourished by childhood memories and archaeological and museum sources , Sara Sallam’s works offer a new look on the heritage of ancient Egypt.

  • Opening times

    06/10/2023 - 14/04/2024: * monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday and sunday: closed