[ library of the Dukes of Burgundy ]

10 december 2020

artventure @ NBR, Brussels

artventure in NBR ~ act 1:
the library of the Dukes of Burgundy

  • Six centuries ago, Brussels belonged to the rich and powerful Dukes of Burgundy. Skilled politicians and cultured patrons, they established a stirring treasure, a unique and fascinating collection of manuscripts: the Library of the Dukes of Burgundy. Many of these masterpieces have survived the ravages of time and of history. Discover these gems in the brand new KBR museum. Explore Europe’s medieval cultural past and then admire the magnificent illuminated manuscripts from the ducal library.

  • many thanks to Elena Savini, co-curator of KBR museum, who granted us a 1-on-1 guided tour of the exhibition.

  • arty-farty.fun's opinion: *****
    the hidden treasure re-discovered: most museums in the world are questioning how immersive technologies will transform the museum experience: in this case: mission accomplished

artventure in KBR, the National Library ~ act 2

  • The KBR building was built between 1954 and 1969 by the architects Maurice Houyoux, Roland Delers and Jacques Bellemans and is part of the Mont des Arts complex, of which it forms one side. The Royal Library of Belgium (French: Bibliothèque royale de Belgique, Dutch: Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België, abbreviated KBR and sometimes nicknamed Albertine in French or Albertina in Dutch) is the national library of Belgium. The library has a history that goes back to the age of the Dukes of Burgundy. In the second half of the 20th century, a new building was constructed on the Mont des Arts in central Brussels, near the Central Station. The library owns several collections of historical importance, like the famous Fétis archives, and is the depository for all books ever published in Belgium or abroad by Belgian authors.

  • arty-farty.fun's opinion: ****
    view from the Coudenberg Palace.
    a one million dollar view.

artventure in restaurant Albert ~ intermezzo

  • run by chef Filip Fransen

  • www.kbr.be/en/food-and-drink/

  • to be explored after Covid lockdown

  • arty-farty.fun's opinion: pending