Tag: art

The 500 BEF van Orley note

From 20 February to 26 May 2019 BOZAR is holding the exhibition ‘Bernard van Orley. Brussels and the Renaissance’. This provides us with an excellent opportunity to take a closer look at the 500 Belgian franc note, which shows a portrait of this 16th century Brussels artist. The 500 franc note, which was printed from […]

Pointillism in the digital era: Robert Silvers’ photomosaic

Anyone who has visited the Temporary Museum must have noticed a gigantic 500-euro banknote there. This banknote appeals to one’s imagination, as it measures 1.20 metres in height and 2.30 metres in width. When standing closer, you can see that it consists of thousands of other banknotes.

There’s a cow in the museum!

After all the banknotes and coins on display at the National Bank of Belgium’s Temporary Museum, in the fifth room a large cow makes a sudden appearance. But just what is this animal doing here?

Art or money. The world of Jacques Charlier.

Can art save the world? This is a question which already made many generations of artists, curators and spectators think deep. The question stayed in spite of all this attention unanswered, and maybe it is even better so. Ensor ou le sens des images makes however, as it seems, fun of this whole discussion. Is it possible that the specific view of the Liegois artist Jacques Charlier is to blame?

Visions of Hope

In the exhibition ‘8 Visions of Hope’ the Dutch artist Rini Hartman presents his artistic interpretation of the Millennium Development Goals.

Eurocompetition

The contest Eurocompetition, organised by the European Commission, has been held from September to December 2008. Its aim? To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the euro and the Economic and Monetary Union.

Art and Money

The National Bank of Belgium supports like a number of other companies and central banks contemporary artists. Since the acquired works are hung up on the walls of its premises, they are not usually seen by the public. From time to time a work is presented in a public hall, like the Museum of the NBB, where it can be admired by the public at large.

Magritte for a mere 500 francs

The 500 francs Magritte type, issued 16th April 1998, was the last new note of a series that started some 147 years ago. 1998 was also the first centenary of Magritte’s birthday. To commemorate this Belgian surrealist artist the Brussels Museum of Fine Arts organised an exhibition with no less than 335 pieces out of his vast body of work.

The Museum’s façade

Before looking at the Bank’s oldest façade in detail, a few more words on the Hôtel of the Governor itself. The Old French word, “hôtel” has been used since the 18th century to signify the urban residence, temporary or permanent, of a person of high rank, in this case the Governor of the National Bank of Belgium. The statutes of the Bank stipulated that the Governor should live in the capital; in return, the Bank was to be responsible for the cost of furnishing and maintaining his town residence.

Money, source of vanity: a pictorial warning

Frans Francken II, a talented Flemish painter (Antwerp, 1581-1642) who ran an important workshop in his hometown, belonged to an artistic family. Both his father and his son were painters as well, although he was the most productive and the best known of the Francken dynasty.