Are humanitarian wars justified?
Thursday 24 October, at 7 pm
Rony Brauman, former president of Médecins sans Frontières France, questions the missions undertaken by intervention forces, commissioned by a single power or a multilateral coalition, which justify these operations in the name of morality and humanitarian urgency.
The cultural history of Arab immigration in Europe, 20th and 21st centuries
Wednesday 8 May 2019, at 7 pm
After discussing the complexity of the Renaissance exchanges in the 19th century during her first conference, Coline Houssais will return to the Boghossian Foundation to shed light on the respective influences of these regions in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Monday 29 April 2019, from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm
As part of Heliopolis, the curators of the exhibition Marie-Cécile Bruwier and Florence Doyen designed a study day that combines architecture, history and urban planning at the Boghossian Foundation with three specialists in Egypt: Luc Gabolde, Christian Cannuyer and Robert Solé.
The Villa Empain, masterpiece of Brussels Art Deco
Thursday 4 April 2019, at 7 pm
In the framework of the Flamboyant exhibition, Art Deco specialist Cécile Dubois discusses the relationships between Louis Empain and “his” architects, particularly Michel Polak who designed the sumptuous Villa Empain.
Lecture and book signing
Children of the void, from individualist impasse to citizen awakening
Friday 15 February 2019, at 7 pm
Democracy in crisis, social diversity in decline, ecological disasters, populist insurrection… Raphaël Glucksmann reflects on paths to escape this impasse with Emmanuelle Danblon at the Boghossian Foundation.
Round Table Discussion
The stakes of a metaphor made concrete: bonds and ruptures
Tuesday 22 January 2019, at 7 pm
Curator Nadia Sabri offers a new perspective on the theme addressed in the exhibition Of links and exiles during a round table discussion bringing together Moroccan and French intellectuals.
Iran – how to make peace with this regional power?
Thursday 13 December 2018, at 7 pm
Is the withdrawal of the United States’s signature on the multilateral agreement on the Iranian nuclear deal a game-changer in the Middle East? Specialists on Iran Thierry Kellner, Yann Richard, and Mohammad-Reza Djalili shed light on these issue.
Lebanese literary evenings
Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 November 2018, at 7 pm
On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Lebanon’s independence, the Boghossian Foundation honours Lebanese literature and welcomes Hoda Barakat, Jabbour Douaihy, Venus Khoury-Ghata, Alexandre Najjar and Marwan Zoueini during two evenings that combine poetry, contemporary literature and music.
The ‘returnees’ of Syria and Iraq: between threat and the challenge of reintegration
Wednesday 7 November 2018, at 7 pm
Since 2012, nearly 5000 Europeans have left for Syria and Iraq, many to fight alongside jihadist forces. Some of them have already returned, while others could return in the foreseeable future, Thomas Renard discusses the challenges of these returns.
What future for Palestinians?
Thursday 25 October 2018, at 7 pm
While the process of peacemaking with Israel seems stalled, where does the Palestinian question stand in this political and diplomatic fog? Henry Laurens, historian and author tackles these thorny issues at the Boghossian Foundation
Film screening – lecture
Reverend Father Hamel, Martyr of the Republic
Monday 11 June 2018, at 7 pm
Journalist Alfred de Montesquiou looks back on the murder of priest Jacques Hamel with a documentary that tries to unravel both the bloody course of events and the symbolic significance. The screening is followed by a lecture debate.
Pascal Convert, a conversation with Philippe Dagen and Yves Ubelmann
Thursday 31 May 2018, at 7 pm
Cliffs of Bamiyan, a major exhibition piece of Melancholia, is the result of a hybrid of processes linking more contemporary and ancient technologies. Artist Pascal Convert will reflect on his piece during an open discussion on monuments – from Mossoul to Yerevan – currently at risk, alongside Yves Ubelmann and Philippe Dagen.
Is there still a chance for peace between Israel and Palestine?
With Elie Barnavi
Thursday 17 May 2018, at 7 pm
Following the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by the United States, is the Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking process permanently frozen? Whilst the Near East is unable to escape its rationale of war, does evoking peace between the Israeli and Palestinians make sense? Elie Barnavi, a historian, diplomat, and politically engaged intellectual known for his open-mindedness will reflect upon this difficult issue.
With Christoph Wiesner
Wednesday 10 January 2018, at 7 pm
Belgian artist David Claerbout revisits the process behind his piece The Algiers’ Sections of a Happy Moment presented in the exhibition Ways of Seeing and his conception of photography during a conversation led by Christoph Wiesner.
Is this the beginning of a neo-national era?
Thursday 19 October 2017 at 7 pm
International current events are upsetting the world order and disrupting nation-states. Political scientist Bertrand Badie, and geographer Michel Foucher decrypt our world’s evolution and its possible digressions.
Mondialité : Readings
Saturday 9 September 2017, from 11 am to 9 pm
To mark the publication of the book Mondialité, ou les archipels d’Edouard Glissant, editors Hans Ulrich Obrist and Asad Raza invite artists, writers and special guests for a day of talks, readings and performance at the Villa Empain. The day will include a book signing at 3 pm.
European culture and globalisation
Thursday 22 June 2017, at 7 pm
Historian and politician Jean-Noël Jeanneney evokes the powerful transformation of exchanges around the world, influenced by new technologies, which call upon an evolving Europe tu put forth ambitious cultural policies.
Lecture – Signing
Le roman d’Héliopolis
Monday 22nd of May 2017
Historian Amélie d’Arschot will take us back to the fantastical adventure that was the construction of Héliopolis in the middle of the desert a few kilometres away from Cairo imagined by the Baron Empain. She will present her book at a lecture followed by a signing session.
What are the contemporary repercussions of the 1915 genocide?
Wednesday 26th of april 2017
In honour of the commemoration of the Armenian genocide, the Boghossian Foundation welcomes an afternoon of conferences organised the Comité des Arméniens de Belgique in collaboration with the Armenian General Benevolent Union and the Centre Communautaire Laïc Juif.
Wednesday 1st February 2017, at 7 pm
Artist Marcos Lutyens invites the visitors of the Boghossian Foundation to a unique artistic experience, a performative session of collective hypnosis, to experience liminality, a state of disorientation between consciousness and unconsciousness.
Shunga, the Japanese Erotic Prints:
Lecture-performance by Ana Prvački
Wednesday 1st February 2017, at 7 pm
The Boghossian Foundation invites Ana Prvački at the occasion of a lecture-performance on Shunga in the framework of its public programme Embassy of Uncertain Shores. The word Shunga means erotic art in Japanese and refers to graphic images of sexual activity.
Decor, Exhibitions and the Role of Art:
A conversation by Dorothea von Hantelmann, Jan Mot and Asad Raza
Friday 20 January 2017 at 7 pm
Jan Mot of Jan Mot Gallery will join Dorothea von Hantelmann and Asad Raza, co-curators of the exhibition Decor, in a conversation on the role of decoration in exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. The conversation will be coupled with a nocturne of the exhibition.
Wednesday 18 January 2017 at 7 pm
Marie Camelbeeck presents Zen’s history and evolution, by replacing it not only in the context of Buddhist thinking but also in Japanese history. The Japanese art is explored within the framework of its philosophy and in its multiplicity.
When you’re the Indian in a country of John Waynes
Wednesday 23 November 2016 at 7 pm
A talk by Rajkamal Kahlon about the criminalization of otherness. Framed by the War on Terror her recent work on the project Blowback attempts to locate the relationship between anthropological portraiture and political violence labeled as terrorism.
Thursday 20 October 2016 at 7 pm
In the wake of the debate around Brussels’ future Museum of Contemporary Art, the Boghossian Foundation invites internationally renowned French philosopher and mediologist Régis Debray to share his reflections on contemporary art and on the role of museums today. Dialogue with Nicola Setari, Curator of the Public Programme of the Boghossian Foundation.
Execute The Few Hundred Sensual and Sentimental Motions That Define Your Limits
Chus Martínez | That Art Exhibits
Thursday 13 Oktober 2016, at 7 pm
The Boghossian Foundation Chus Martínez, in the framework of the European Artistic Network conference of this year entitled That Art Exhibits. In this talk Chus Martínez addresses hylomorphism as ways of renewing and challenging our imagination of the „museum“ and of generating a space that could defy our historical ideas of culture.
Slavs and Tatars
The Tranny Tease
On Wesdnesday 21 September 2016 at 7 pm
The Boghossian Foundation presents the third lecture-performance of Slavs and Tatars. Indulging a phonetic, semantic, and theological slippage, with The Tranny Tease, Slavs and Tatars explores the potential for transliteration as a strategy equally of resistance and research into notions such as identity politics, colonialism, and faith.
Meeting and Book signing
Laurent Gaudé, Ecoutez nos défaites,
15 September 2016 at 6 pm
The writer Laurent Gaudé, laureate of the Prix Goncourt, will present his new novel Ecoutez nos défaites, an epic in which four ages of History are mixed and the plot takes place in Beirut. He will answer to the question of the journalist Sophie Creuz. An exceptional meeting that will end with a signing session.
The Situation of Refugees, from Iraq to Calais
14 September 2016 at 6:30 pm
The Boghossian Foundation organizes a round table around the problematic of the assistance to refugees. For this occasion we are welcoming Elise Boghossian founder of the association EliseCare, Gérard Dubois, Mayor of the municipality of Pessat-Villeneuve which welcomed 66 migrants and the musical interlude of Marwan Zoueini.
Slavs and Tatars
Molla Nasreddin: Embrace You Anthithesis
25th of May 2016 at 7 pm
The Boghossian Foundation – Villa Empain hosts the Embassy of Uncertain Shores, a public programme by and with artists and researchers. The programme starts on 25 May with this first lecture-performance by Slavs and Tatars.
“Artist talk – Performance”
23d of April 2016
The Boghossian Foundation organizes at the occasion of Art Brussels, an Artist Talk with Natasha Ginwala, curator of Contour Biënnale 8, Natasha Ginwala in conversation with filmmakers and artists. It will be followed by a performance by Sahra Montalebi, artist in residence. Saturday 23 April, from 7.30pm.
As part of the exhibition ‘Dansaekhwa’, the Boghossian Foundation invited Mael Bellec, a specialist in Chinese and Korean art. During this lecture Bellec approaches the legacy of oriental painting in Korea’s contemporary abstract production.
Byzantium, Baghdad , Toledo , Paris. “Translatio studii” in medieval sciences
From 6th to 8th May 2015
The Boghossian Foundation is pleased to invite you to an international meeting organized by the CRA Speculum Arabicum (UCL)
On the occasion of the publication of the book “Le Livre des Egyptes”, the Boghossian Foundation organizes a conference
Week-end du livre d’artiste les 29 et 30 mars 2014
30 March 2014
Dans le cadre de la nouvelle exposition « Entre deux chaises, un livre », la Fondation Boghossian s’est associée à BIBART, la Bibliothèque du Livre d’Artiste, pour l’organisation de Libre Livre, un week-end du livre d’artiste à la Villa Empain, les 29 et 30 mars 2014.
Memories and images, a look at the Armenian catastrophe
23 October 2013
If images are intended to facilitate the process of memory, how can one explain those images that do not support any memories? What are the interpretation and visual representations of the disaster…
Rebuilding a memorial dialogue: the Armenian-Turkish example
21 September 2013
It is as a platform for dialogue that the Boghossian Foundation is organising this day of international meetings with the theme of the complexity in the recognition of tragedies such as the 1915…
Les égyptomanies depuis le XIXe siècle
20, 21 and 22 November 2012
La campagne du général Bonaparte, l’ouverture du Canal de Suez en 1869, la découverte de la tombe de Toutankhamon en 1922, la vogue des grandes expositions universelles, les planches d’Edgar P. Jacobs et de Hergé, le cinéma hollywoodien des années 1960 ont contribué à l’essor de l’égyptomanie moderne.
Art is the Answer ! Artistes et designers libanais contemporains
24, 25 and 26 April 2012
A l’occasion de l’exposition Art is the answer !, la Fondation Boghossian souhaite mettre l’accent sur des démarches artistiques qui résistent obstinément aux mensonges et aux ombres menaçant le monde actuel, qui ne doutent pas qu’il soit possible de revendiquer un « ré-enchantement » du monde par la force d’un acte artistique.
Un rêve d’éternité
29, 30 November and 1 December 2011
Les rencontres internationales, organisées sur le thème de l’exposition Un rêve d’éternité, proposaient une réflexion sur le concept du temps en Orient, la patience et la transmission, la vieillesse et les savoirs du temps « long » qui disparaissent progressivement des cultures traditionnelles.
« Chateaubriand et Lamartine en Orient »
17 November 2011
Sophie Basch et Jean-Claude Berchet sont deux éminents spécialistes de la littérature, professeurs d’université à Paris et spécialistes de ce XIXe siècle intellectuel durant lequel l’Orientalisme a joué un rôle d’inspiration important.
L’Orient et l’Occident désorientés ?
9, 10 and 11 November 2010
Il semble que l’Orient et l’Occident soient actuellement « désorientés » dans leurs valeurs, dans l’équilibre traditionnel de leurs forces et influences, à travers l’évolution de leur développement économique, culturel, spirituel et intellectuel.
« Temps long/Temps court. L’Orient et l’Occident parlent d’un monde moderne »
23, 24 and 25 April 2008
Constituée en 1992, cette fondation de droit privé s’est engagée depuis quinze ans à contribuer à l’amélioration des conditions de vie des jeunes, spécialement au Liban et en Arménie, par le financement de nombreux projets pédagogiques (orphelinats, écoles, académies), urbanistiques (espaces publics, installation de réseaux d’eau potable) et culturels (théâtres et centres d’art).