BELGIUM TODAY        APRIL 2013  
 
WHAT'S COMING
  
April 6 - May 19
Washington, DC
"Shatter" images by Jean- Marie Guyaux are included in the exhibition The Newtown Project: Art Targets>Guns, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ. Website
 
April 11 at 8 p.m.
Washington, DC
Chantal Akerman's film Almayer's Folly (2011), based on the Joseph Conrad novel, will be screened at the
Hirshhorn Museum.Website
 
 
April 13 & 14
Washington, DC
One of the most influential modern dance works ever created, Anna Sokolow's Magritte, Magritte -- based on the paintings of René Magritte --will be the highlight of Dakshina's  2013 Dance Place Show, at Dance Place.  Website
 
May 2 at 12:30 pm
Washington, DC
Lecture-recital by Pamela Meys Kane, Sounds of the Silent Cinema Organ Recalled in the Life and Works of Firmin Swinnen, at the Catholic University of America. Free admission.
 
May 4- June 29 
Washington, DC
Koen Vanmechelen's exhibition Leaving Paradise on view at ConnerSmith Gallery. Opening Reception May 4 from 6-8 p.m.  Website
 
   
 
 
WHAT'S ON
 
Through April 21
New York, NY
Almond, a solo exhibition of glazed ceramic sculptures of the human body by Johan Tahon, on view at Envoy Enterprises. Website
 
 
Through May 4
Chicago, IL
Smoking Kids, a photo show by Frieke Janssens, confronts the persistence of smoking as a cultural status symbol, at the Catherine Edelman Gallery.Website
 
Through May 19
Arlington, VA
Works by Belgian designers Alain Gilles and Sas Adriaenssens are included in the exhibition The Next Wave: Industrial Design Innovation in the 21st Century, at Artisphere.
 
 
Through June 9
Los Angeles, CA
The exhibition Looking East: Rubens's Encounter with Asia focuses on the earliest depiction of a Korean costume by a Western artist, at the Getty Center.
 
  
 
 
 
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DR. PETER PIOT WINS AFRICA PRIZE
The Japanese Government has awarded the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize to Belgian doctor Peter Piot for his research into infectious diseases.  Piot, currently Director and Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine,  is known for being the co-discoverer of the Ebola virus and for launching the first international project in the fight against HIV/AIDS.  Piot plans to use the 800,000 euro prize money to provide scholarships for African students and to contribute to new research in infectious diseases.
 
 
SOLAR IMPULSE WILL FLY ACROSS USA
The most ambitious solar airplane ever made is poised to travel across the United States.  On May 1st, Solar Impulse will leave Moffett Federal Airfield in San Francisco on its way to JFK Airport in New York via Phoenix, Dallas, Atlanta and Washington, DC.  These flights --over a period of eight weeks-- are expected to lead to the development of a second prototype that in 2015 will fly around the world without fuel, proving that progress is possible using clean forms of energy.
 
Belgium's Solvay Group, one of the world leaders in high performance specialty polymers, has supported the project financially from its beginning in 2004 and  has contributed scientific expertise and skills.  More than 6,000 of the Solar Impulse's parts are made with Solvay products and materials.   
 
To give everyone the possibility to be part of Solar Impulse's U.S. adventure, conferences and events on educational themes will be organized in various stopover cities where the airplane will be showcased.  All the flights and most conferences will be live streamed on the Solar Impulse Website.
 
BELGIAN EMBASSY OPEN HOUSE
 
Please visit us on Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when we will participate in “Shortcut to Europe,” the seventh annual European Union Open House.  Explore the architecture of five stunning residences in the Belgian capital through the exhibition “The Cradle of Art Nouveau: Victor Horta and Brussels.”  Meet a representative of Brussels Airlines who will tell you about the new direct flights between Washington/Dulles and Brussels Airport.  Pick up some tourist brochures.  Learn how diamonds are polished and discover what Belgians are researching in Antarctica. Ask members of our military section about U.S. – Belgian defense cooperation.  Watch the video “Belgium…at first sight.” Sample Belgian waffles, chocolate, beer and other specialties.
 
The Embassy would like to thank VisitBrussels, Brussels Airlines, Belgian Tourist Office, Visit Flanders, Le Pain Quotidien, Antwerp World Diamond Centre, International Polar Foundation, Orval Brewery, Anheuser-Busch/InBev, Duvel Moortgat Brewery, Lindemans Brewery, Delhaize America, Tiense Suikerraffinaderij, Guylian, Jules Destrooper  and all of our other generous sponsors.
 
For information on "Shortcut to Europe" and on the free shuttle bus service that will link the embassies, click here.  
 
MATH "NOBEL" GOES TO PIERRE DELIGNE  
Belgian mathematician Pierre Deligne has been awarded the 2013 Abel Prize for his seminal contributions to algebraic geometry which have helped to transform number theory and related fields.  This prize has been  given annually since 2003 by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters to recognize contributions of extraordinary depth and influence to the mathematical sciences. To read more about Pierre Deligne, who has been working since 1984 at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, click here .
 
CELEBRATING BRUSSELS AIRLINES
Brussels Airlines CEO Bernard Gustin (left) was the guest of honor at a reception hosted by Ambassador and Mrs. Matthysen at their residence on March 27.  The Embassy was fêting the national carrier's new service between Brussels and Washington, D.C., which is scheduled to begin on June 18.
 
STAMPS WITH A LICK OF CHOCOLATE
On March 25, just in time for Easter, the Belgian Postal Service released a set of five chocolate-themed and chocolate-flavored stamps. The stamps depict chocolate in five different forms. The essence of cacao oil was added to the glue at the back and an aroma of chocolate to the ink on the front.  The result? "Stamps to awaken the senses," touts bpost.
 
ONLY ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE
Visit our facebook page to link with a WSJ article on Train World, a railway museum scheduled to open in 2014 in Schaerbeek.
Embassy of Belgium, 3330 Garfield Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20008
washington@diplobel.fed.be or 202 333-6900 with questions or comments.

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