Agenda 2018

As part of the commemorations of the World War I in Brussels, discover a set of events and exhibitions listed below :

  • Gender@War 14-18 – 06/05/2018 - 21/10/2018

    Women and men to war

  • The Archive and Research Centre for Women's History has created a cultural history exhibition that delves into the ways women and men experienced the war over the 1914-1918 period. The exhibition debunks social stereotypes and provides food for thought on the complex way in which war affects and changes the positions of men and women in society. It shows visitors some of the many upheavals ordinary men and women faced during the First World War: its disruptive impact on work and family, the violence they both experienced, their joint contribution to the war effort, and more. This richly illustrated exhibition focuses on Germany, Belgium, France and Great Britain. Taking an original and comparative approach, it will make you think deeply about the effects of armed conflict on the status of men and women in society.

    Practical information:

    Location: La Fonderie - Brussels museum of work and industry (https://visit.brussels/en/place/La-Fonderie-Brussels-museum-of-work-and-industry)
    Price: free

  • Beyond the Great War: 1918-1928 – 21/09/2018 – 22/09/2019

  • After the First World War both Belgium and the rest of the world saw fundamental changes. Society had to come to terms with damage and grief, but at the same time experienced a great revival.

    Through its exhibition Beyond the Great War: 1918-1928 the War Heritage Institute focuses on several main themes: the final offensive, liberation, the post-war era, geopolitical changes, economic revival, mourning and

    remembrance, economic and cultural changes.

    The exhibition does not only displays exceptional items from the rich WHI collections, but also presents objects from both national and international museums. Through artefacts from the Roaring Twenties and interactive tools the exhibition is filled with surprises and emotion.

    An impressive catalogue supplies thorough background information.

    The War Heritage Institute organizes this exhibition on behalf of the Belgian government and the official 14-18 Committee.

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  • Mini-Europe remembers the First World War - 13/06/2014 - 31/12/2018

  • For today's young people, memories of the war are epitomized particularly by military cemeteries which relate, in silence, the drama experienced by families on both sides. It was impossible to reproduce each of them: so Mini-Europe has opted for an original creation. Likewise for the reconstruction of the famous Christmas truce that took place at the front. As for each of the models, the management of the miniature park insisted that it should be a realistic, faithful depiction. "Remember 14-18" trail consists of three components:

    • a brief link created between 14 existing monuments at Mini-Europe and the First World War;
    • a 1/25 scale interpretation of five of the cemeteries on the battlefields of the Sambre and Yser;
    • information about the consequences of the First World War on the European Union.

    Practical information : 

    • Place : Mini-Europe
    • Price : Young: 10 € / Full: 14 €
  • Brussels, November 1918. Leaving the war behind and reinventing peace - 26/09/2018 – 06/01/2019

  • On 11 November 1918, the Great War ended. For Brussels, it was the end of an occupation that had lasted almost 50 months. How did the people of Brussels experience the end of the war, and what were the major challenges facing the city during this period?

    Through historical photographs, film archives and objects of the time, the trilingual exhibition plunges us into the turmoil characteristic of Brussels in 1918. The city was caught between the management of public health problems, the accommodation of refugees, the return of soldiers and people from exile and the need to establish social peace and organise a new democracy.

    This exhibition is being organised by CEGESOMA/State Archives of Belgium as part of the commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the Great War.

    Reservation necessary for group visits: groups@belvue.be

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  • Beyond Klimt - 21/09/2018 - 20/01/2019

  • The end of the First World War and the Austro-Hungarian Empire also meant the revival of a huge number of developments in art. Political and economic changes bring about artistic migrations, new ideas and perspectives.

    Practical information:

    • Place: BOZAR
    • Price: Young: 14 € / Full: 16 €
  • The New Berlin – 05/10/2018 – 27/01/2019

  • The exhibition “The New Berlin” focuses on politicized art and the urban challenges of the modern but war-scarred metropolis between 1912 and 1932. Through paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs and films by artists such as Otto Dix, Raul Hausmann, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Kazimir Malevich, Alexander Rodchenko, … the key movements and creative minds of this gripping period come alive again.

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  • The colours of the liberation. As told by the tapestry – 23/11/ 2018 – 26/10/2019

  • A hundred years ago, on 22 November 1918, King Albert I entered liberated Brussels. After four years of war, his historic address to the United Chambers ushered in a new era. A government of National Union would implement major social reforms. Universal suffrage for men became a fact.

    The Senate has recreated this event looking back from the autumn of 2018 with an interactive exhibition online and a unique artistic exhibition in its stately Reading Room. What catches the eye is a unique tapestry of the Senate, Le retour victorieux du Roi Albert à la tête de ses troupes à Bruxelles le 22 novembre 1918 (“King Albert returns triumphant at the head of his troops, Brussels, 22 November 1918”).

    Practical information:

    • Location: Senate of Belgium
    • Price: Free