• Luc Tuymans

    Authentic forgeries of a dilettante

    21 Apr 2009 by
    Behind an anonymous garage door in Antwerp’s Borgerhout district lies the studio of one of the world's most famous painters. Luc Tuymans’ latest exhibition Against the Day, with 20 new works, opens this week at Wiels in Brussels.  Full story
  • The Week in Business

    21 Apr 2009 by
    Aluminium • Aleris Aluminium producer Aleris announced last week that it will cut its workforce by 770, representing almost half of all jobs in the company. Based in Duffel near Antwerp, Aleris will shut down four of its five production lines due to high production costs in Belgium and the worldwide slump in demand for aluminium. The unions said they were expecting cuts but not on this scale.Full story
  • Flanders Ports

    Ports refuse to foot the bill

    21 Apr 2009 by
    The port authorities of Antwerp, Ghent and Zeebrugge are prepared to pay a maximum 15% of the bill for new locks, claiming that more would endanger their competitive position. Representatives of the three ports appeared last week at hearings in the Flemish parliament to discuss the issue. Full story
  • Museum

    Simply the best

    21 Apr 2009 by
    A museum should be more than just its collection. This idea becomes abundantly clear when looking at the shortlist for the 2009 Museumprijs, or Museum Prize. Full story
  • Private investigations

    21 Apr 2009 by
    Jean-Marie Dedecker, the former judo coach who started his own party, just cannot help making the headlines. This time it became known that he has hired a private detective to look into Foreign minister Karel De Gucht’s private business affairs.  De Gucht (Open VLD) and Dedecker are not just opponents, but downright enemies, since Dedecker was kicked out of Open VLD. Full story
  • News in Brief

    21 Apr 2009 by
    Thieves last week stole a bicycle belonging to the new bishop of Antwerp. Johan Bonny had received the brand-new bicycle as a gift from his family on being made bishop. He was previously rector of the Belgian college in Rome, where he rode a Vespa. Full story
  • City archive has unwelcome visitors

    21 Apr 2009 by
    The state archives housed in the city of Ghent are infested with a variety of insects and other pests, it was revealed last week. Among the creepy-crawlies found among the centuries-old documents are poultry red mites (Dermanyssus gallinae), booklice (Psocoptera), silverfish (Lepisma saccharina) and the common furniture beetle (Anobium punctatum). Full story
  • De Gucht attacks Dedecker’s “Gestapo tactics”

    21 Apr 2009 by
    Party leaders from the opposition and majority alike have united to condemn the decision by Jean-Marie Dedecker, the leader of the Lijst Dedecker party, to employ a private detective to look into the financial affairs of foreign affairs minister Karel De Gucht, his wife and his son. Full story
  • Spring

    Business is blooming

    21 Apr 2009 by
    There are some sights you just have to see for yourself, when leafing through your neighbour’s snaps on Flickr is simply not good enough. The Haspengouw in April is one of them.Full story
  • Samson Opera

    Jewish outrage at Samson opera

    15 Apr 2009 by
    The Jewish community in Belgium last week lashed out at Flanders Opera – over a production that will not take place until the end of the month. Full story