Belgian expansionism and the making of Egyptology, 1830-1952

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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.


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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. 


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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.


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4 Feb 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.


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16 Dec 2019

A glimpse behind the façade of the obscure belle époque Hasse-Gitten estate


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27 Oct 2019

According to the weather forecasts, we will reach temperatures around 38°C this week. One can say it is almost starting to feel like you are in Egypt! While some of us have serious difficulties standing the heath, Leopold II seemed to have fewer problems with the sun.


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24 Jul 2019

Long before Belgian imperialism reached central Africa, the Belgian Royal Palace was already interested in the continent during the reign of Leopold I.


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18 Jun 2019

Cairo. February 24, 1929. While local merchants of all kinds and trades were putting up their shops, Belgian Egyptologist Jean Capart entered one of Cairo’s many antiquity shops.


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13 May 2019

Usually, the annual Blue Monday is seen as the uttermost depressing day of the year. However, if you want to to brighten up this day, you can also look through the blue lenses of Bernhard Fiedler.


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31 Jan 2019