Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s Catholic-Humanist vision on the fragility of Virtue

Pieter Bruegel the Elder (Breda? c. 1525/30-1569 Brussels) died 450 years ago. He lived in a chaotically changing world, not unequal to the today’s changing paradigms, aware of the weakness of human nature. The Catholic idea of the uncertainty…

Connoisseurship & Rembrandt’s denied studio practice, a ‘status questionis’

In memory of Walter Liedtke What distinguishes a Rembrandt from a non-Rembrandt? The exhibitions in Amsterdam and The Hague at the occasion of the 350th anniversary of his death, are a good opportunity to look back on the history of the Rembrandt-connoisseurship…

Conversation with Lorenzo Quinn on the essence and meaning of his Art

“And the large hands, they are Help. So the idea is: Hope is mother and child, mother and daughter. Wisdom: its grandmother and niece. Faith: father and child. Friendship: two young boys. Love: us two. These are our hands. And then we have…

CULTURAL CLASH IN A CHANGING WORLD

Before 1990, everybody knew who the enemy was. Today, there is a growing sense of confrontation in a confused world, in which some new power players want to insert their meddlesome influence. Humanity produces two things in abundance: carbon…

Reflections and personal impressions by Jan Cornelis1

CIDIC (European Centre for Economic, Academic and Cultural Diplomacy) organized a Diplomatic, economic, academic and cultural mission to Vienna, 15-17 October 2018, on the occasion of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union Professor…

Statement by Willy Deswaef

President of the Belgian Consular Union (BCU) on the Foundation and Merits of the BCU On a certain day, I was contacted by the Consul General of Japan in Napels, an Italian whose son was studying at the College of Europe in Bruges. This man…

Davos Arabian Nights Gala in the framework of the 49th World Economic Forum

which this year, was held under the motto “Globalization 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution” Wednesday, 23 January 2019: At Hotel Bürda Garden in Davos, in the Swiss Canton of Grisons, His…

DIPLOMATIC DINNER AT THE CERCLE GAULOIS

On Friday, 25 January 2019, CIDIC had the honor and the pleasure to organise a number of tables at the Diplomatic Dinner at the Cercle Gaulois, for all the Chiefs of Mission accredited in Brussels. This top-of-the-year event brings together the…

European Peace Pillar for romania

on the occasion of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union The “Columns of Peace” by the German-Belgian artist, Ulrike Bolenz, symbolises the most fundamental of the core aims of the European Union — uniting and reconciling…

Félix Roulin’s Peace Column acts as a link between earth and sky at the Seoul Olympic Museum of Art

30 years later, it still stands, acting as a bridge between Europe and Asia Connecting Brussels to Seoul, this is a wonderful story of friendship between Inspiring Culture, the extraordinary sculptor and Master of bronze, Félix Roulin, and…