DIVA, Antwerp Home of Diamonds

Diamond, jewellery and silver wear museum DIVA in Antwerp opened in 2018, merging the collections of the Antwerp Diamond Museum and the Sterckshof Silver Museum of the Province of Antwerp. In January 2021, I finally made time for a proper visit, with Oriol. 

MIMA – Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art in Brussels

Winter 2021. Yes COVID-19 is still a thing. But in Belgium, museums are open. So Thanh and I visited MIMA, the Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art in the Brussels municipality of St John’s Molenbeek (Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, Sint-Jans-Molenbeek), making use of out museumPASSmusées. 

Vatican City & The Vatican Museums

Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino, Singapore, Baarle-Hertog / Baarle-Nassau, Neutral Moresnet, Malta, Gibraltar. I love-love-love microstates, small nations and other quirks of geopolitical history. Primus inter pares is of course the Vatican or Vatican City in Rome. Last time I went, was in 2016, with Steve. 

75 years of Rubens House

On 21 July 1946 then Mayor Camille Huysmans opened the Rubens House (Rubenshuis) as a museum in Antwerp. This, of course, is an excuse for events and celebrations. 

Antwerp joins Street Art Cities

The City of Antwerp has officially joined the Street Art Cities network. A choice inspired by the more outdoors activities we all undertake due to coronavirus countermeasures pushing us outside. 

‘Amazing Boot Scrapers’ Walk in Antwerp

Antwerp artist Elke Lemmens (39) is having great success with her ‘Amazing Boot Scrapers‘ project. She transforms obsolete boot scrapers into miniatures scenes inspired by the inhabitants of the house. Time to look down instead of up.