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Brussels’ museums come to you

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There is only one thing to do: stay at home! But thanks to our screens and speakers, a host of options remain to help us continue devouring Brussels' vibrant cultural offering. Agenda has numerous digital tips on how to stay in touch with Brussels' cultural scene and how to make the most of the creative alternatives that are being offered online. And all of this, without leaving the house!

Published on 23/03/2020 - updated 27/03/2020

Behind the scenes in Brussels’ museums…

The doors of the Brussels museums may be closed, but they're determined to keep going... It's the perfect opportunity to sneak behind the scenes and get a first-hand look at Brussels culture.  

Under the #MuseumAtHome launched by Brussels Museums, Brussels based museums continue to share their treasures online!

The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium let us discover what lies behind the displays, such as the restoration workshops and art reserves Enjoy a little mystery and join the archaeologists of the Art & History Museum as they track down the Incan mummy which was said to have inspired the mummy of Rascar Capac in Tintin. [FR]. For its part, the Museum of Natural Sciences pays tribute to its researchers and teams in an exciting series that takes you from the museum's storerooms to the field. [NL]. With Hort@home, the Horta Museum is bringing exclusive content to its social media accounts. They will include a behind-the-scenes look at the museum and 360-degree views of some of the rooms…[FR], [NL].

To bring current exhibitions to life for the public, the artists tell us about their work in person. Leen van Dommelen and Roger Ballen at LA CENTRALE [FR] [NL] [EN] and Sébastien Bonin at Botanique, tells us everything about their work [FR]. While waiting to present one of the installations of her current exhibition, Le Cœur au Ventre, the Art et Marges Museum invites you to meet one of its most talented artists of the moment, Caroline Dahyot, for a long interview. [FR]

Fancy something live? As part of the #museumathome initiative, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium are launching "ask the curator" and live Facebook sessions to ask live questions and share anecdotes from everyday life. It's yet another way to enjoy the museum! [NL], [FR], [EN]

Virtual visits: see the pieces in a new light

No opening hours, no crowds, no need to worry about keeping a safe distance: a virtual tour is a unique experience that encourages visitors to immerse themselves in the heart of the pieces. Let's take a little time to look at art differently!

Escape online to visit the incredible Maison Galerie Jacques de la Béraudière or dive into the multitude of collections and archives of the Literature Museum. Objects, posters, pieces and texts are presented side by side. For a more complete immersion, the reconstitution of poet Emile Verhaeren's study can be explored in 3D! [FR]. There's no doubt that even if its doors are closed, the BELvue Museum remains a virtual meeting place! It offers an interactive interface presenting objects from its collections [NL], [FR], [EN].

You can also visit Autrique House or the City of Brussels Town Hall in 3D online.

These new ways to visit the city's museums also include video immersions by flashlight (https://fine-arts-museum.be/en) or previews via social networks. As part of their current exhibition, Mappa Mundi, the Villa Empain plan to unveil works on Instagram. The exhibited works and lives of the artists who created them will be revealed through posts and stories… [EN]

Do you want to focus on a piece or a temporary exhibition? Then it's the ideal moment to (re)immerse yourself in Gustave Klimt's murals at Stoclet Palace [EN] or lose yourself in the high definition details of Brueghel’s extraordinary world. [EN]. The Ixelles Museum maintains its sense of humour and invites visitors to see its works in the light of current events. On Facebook and Instagram their dos and dont's section, inspired by the recommendations against Covid-19, invites you to take a fresh look at their collections, and keep smiling as you do!

Music fanatics experience culture through their ears and now they can listen to museum playlists. BOZAR immerses us in the world of Keith Haring's ghetto-blaster and ADAM has concocted a punk playlist that goes perfectly with its programming!

Dive into the archives  

Sometimes we don't have enough time to go and see the latest exhibition, to go to all the conferences we're interested in, or to leaf through the latest issue of an arty magazine... This is our chance to catch up! Online museum archives are an inexhaustible source of veritable gems.

MIMA is staying active on social media! Every week, the archives of an old exhibition will be published on Facebook and Instagram [EN]

Self-isolate in style, thanks to the Fashion & Lace Museum as it revisits its "fashion lessons", auditory capsules that plunge you into the world of haute couture. Get to know certain designers and glean a few fashion tips. [FR]

 Bookworms Reading enthusiasts can seize the opportunity to browse online through the catalogue of the "Secrets of Workshop, Art Nouveau Decoration" temporary exhibition at the Horta Museum [FR] or to flit through the latest edition of Radar and brush up on Keith Haring.

What’s more, they can listen to BOZAR's special playlist dedicated to the New York painter! [FR] [NL] [EN]

 

The archives are also available in video form, with an almost infinite selection of content which you can view from the comfort of your sofa!