INVITATION - Musée L official opening press conference Tuesday 14 November 2017 at 10:45 am
Musée L Place des sciences, 3 - 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve
The new University of Louvain museum, the Musée L, opens its doors to the public on 18 November 2017, in a unique building that is the university’s architectural beacon in Louvain-laNeuve, designed by the Belgian architect André Jacqmain. After two and a half years of renovation, the University of Louvain (UCL) is opening Belgium’s first large-scale university museum, with 3,830 m² accessible to the public. Its uniqueness? ‘Dialogues’ between the university’s unique artistic and scientific collections, and three workshops where visitors can explore, touch and handle exhibited works. The museum’s spaces serve one desire: to be an ‘open house’ that welcomes and appeals to all potential visitors.
To enter the Musée L is to make a thousand acquaintances in the arts and sciences. Driving the University of Louvain’s new museum is the desire to make the university’s heritage accessible to all, question visitors’ knowledge of the world, elicit emotion and inspire invention. Beginning in the 13th century, universities in effect became the first institutions to acquire objects and form collections called ‘museums’.
Prior to the grand opening, UCL will inaugurate its L Museum on Tuesday 14 November 2017 at 5:15 pm in the presence of HRH Princess Astrid and Walloon Region Vice-President and French Community of Belgium Minister of Culture Alda Greoli. The press is invited to cover the Princess’s museum tour (see attached invitation). Press briefing at 4:45 pm.
PRESS CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
9:23 am: departure by train from Brussels-Central
10:45: Welcome journalists
11:00: Press conference for L Museum by UCL Rector Vincent Blondel, UCL Board of Governors Chair Jean Hilgers, L Museum Director Anne Querinjean and Minister of Culture Alda Greoli (to be confirmed)
11:20 and 12:00: Multilingual tours of the museum, French, English and Dutch
12:20 to 14:00: Simultaneous interviews in speed-dating format with L Museum actors to learn about the collections, the Musée L experience, scheduling, public services, the visitor’s guide, the UCL art restauration laboratory, the ‘Labs’ (workshops about colour, sculpture, engraving), etc.
Optional tour of the Hergé Museum
14:30 Return by train to Brussels