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3080 Tervuren - Belgium
Tel. (+32) 02 769 52 11
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Going Postal

(Hi)stories and philately in Belgium

Temporary exhibition
BELvue museum, Brussels
6 February - 10 April 2016

 

THE EXHIBITION

 


The Going Postal exhibit at BELvue Museum unveils the precious stamp collection of the Royal Museum for Central Africa for the first time. This initiative, joined by bpost and eminent private collectors in Belgium, gathers 300 or so pieces that together form a priceless heritage.

The exhibition also shows how stamps are produced, their iconography, the development of mail services, and Belgium’s presence in international trade throughout history.

In addition to the stamps themselves, the exhibition presents the preparatory work behind a stamp: sketches, drawings or engravings associated with prominent figures of Belgian art like Tuymans, Schuiten, and Alechinsky. Decorative objects and African art pieces that provided inspiration for several stamp series are also on display.
A must for budding and established philatelists, art lovers and connoisseurs, and the general public.

In the digital era, the postage stamp in all its artistry is still alive and well!

Exhibit curator Mathilde Leduc-Grimaldi works in the History and Politics service of the RMCA. A dual citizen of France and the USA, she joined the RMCA in 2006 to become the conservator of the Stanley archives and collection, and is also in charge of the museum's postal history collection. Leduc-Grimaldi previously curated the Dr Livingstone, I presume? exhibition at BELvue in 2013.

Practical information:

  • Location: BELvue museum, Place des Palais 7, 1000 Brussels
  • Free entrance
  • Open from Tuesday to Friday from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; during the weekend from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; on Monday, for groups, by appointment.
  • Activities
    • Guided tours in Dutch: on 21 February, 20 March, 10 April 2016 at 2 p.m.
           Reservations at BELvue :info@belvue.be / or tel. 02/500 45 54
    • Guided tours in French: on 21 February, 20 March, 10 April 2016 at 3.30 p.m.
           Reservations at BELvue :info@belvue.be / or tel. 02/500 45 54
    • Guided tours in English: on request subject to availability
           Information and reservations: reservations@africamuseum.be or 02/769 52 00
    • Guides tours for groups: on request in English, Dutch or French
           Information and reservations: reservations@africamuseum.be or 02/769 52 00
       

       

 

THE CATALOGUE

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by Mathilde Leduc-Grimaldi (ed.)

The exhibition Going Postal (BELvue 6 Februari-10 April 2016) brings us on a journey through postal history and stories of postage stamps as recounted by the collection of the Royal Museum for Central Africa and pieces from private collections. In these pages, the reader sees how a postage stamp is made, from the original design to the sheets distributed in post offices, with glimpses at the work of artists, painters, graphic designers, engravers, and colourists. This catalogue considers the specifics of stamp collections as well as developments in philately up to the present day.
Through postage stamps with their proofs and preparatory drawings, and through the letters upon which these stamps were affixed, we see a (hi)story that places Belgium at the heart of the world and the world at the heart of Belgium. These two square centimetres herald the plethora of exchanges we see today on mobile phones and social networks, and their art reminds us of the persuasion, urgency, emotion, curiosity, and familiarity that govern human relations.

ISBN 978-9-4922-4422-2, 155 x 180 mm, paperback, cover with flaps, Series « Collections of the RMCA » (special issue), 96 p. ; about 80 photos, 16,50 euro

> How to order?

> Read our Treasure of the month February 2016: Postage stamp design, 1948

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