Belgian expansionism and the making of Egyptology, 1830-1952

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In response to the Pyramids & Progress exposition “Made in Belgium. Industriels belges en Égypte (1830 - 1952)" by the Musée royal de Mariemont at the Bois-du-Luc site, a remarkable message has reached our team. Stéphan Coppée contacted us with some images featuring his grandfather Jean Joseph ...

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26 Nov 2020
SURA - Unlocking the Photographic Archives of the Pioneering Years of Egyptology at the Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels SURA is a two-year joint project between the Royal Museums of Art and History (RMAH) in Brussels and the Department of Archaeology of KU Leuven. It aims to valorise a ...

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21 Nov 2020
If it weren’t for the outbreak of COVID-19, the summer of 2020 would have had everything in store for sports fans all over the world. In Europe, national football teams were expected to compete for the European title. In France, the yellow jersey was once again waiting at the end of the Champs ...

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2 Sep 2020
During his research on the life and works of Belgian Egyptologist Jean Capart, P&P-member Jean-Michel Bruffaerts and the archivists of the CINEMATEK film archive brought some footage of the Belgian royal visit of Egypt in 1923 back into attention. One can see then crown prince Leopold, later King of ...

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26 May 2020
Today marks the second day of the 'responsible deconfinement' in Belgium, something Belgian physician in Alexandria, Pierre Dutrieux (1848-1889) would probably have agreed with. With this blog Gert Huskens and dr. Jan Vandersmissen want to introduce this remarkable and somewhat forgotten historical ...

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5 May 2020
Gert Huskens, one of Pyramids & Progress's PhD students, has published a review in the latest issue of Contemporanea about his research on Belgian diplomatic presence in Egypt. To read the full article click on this link: https://www.contemporanea.be/nl/article/20201-review-gert-huskens Photo: © ...

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28 Mar 2020
Our colleague Jean-Michel Bruffaerts has recently published an new article about Jean Capart called 'The origins of museum storytelling: Jean Capart and the dissemination of ancient Egypt' in the Il Capitale Culturale: Studies on the Value of Cultural Heritage. You can download the article (in ...

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3 Mar 2020
Gustave Hagemans’s passion for art and antiques is still visible in the showcases of the Art and History Museum of the Cinquantenaire. When he sold his entire collection to the Belgian State in 1861, there were around 1.500 pieces, spanning from classical Antiquity to the Renaissance, which were ...

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4 Feb 2020
A fantastic discovery has recently been made by the Egyptian-German archaeological mission led by Hourig Sourouzian at Kom Al-Hettan. A granodiorite colossus of Horus, of approximately 1,85 m high, has been unearthed in the hypostyle hall of Amenhotep III’s Temple of Millions of Years, on the west ...

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2 Jan 2020
Leopold II, the second king of the Belgian (1835-1909, r. 1865-1909), travelled twice in Egypt while he was still Prince and Duke of Brabant: once between January 1854 and March 1855, then between December 1862 and February 1863. From these trips and through the contacts he made there, he ...

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16 Dec 2019