In Search of Utopia, the most high-profile exhibition of 2016
Thursday, July 28, 2016 — Leuven is celebrating a 500th anniversary. Utopia, the iconic book by Thomas More, was printed in Leuven in 1516. The city on the Dyle is organizing a lavish commemoration of this event with a major exhibition, a city festival and a unique social project. 'In Search of Utopia’ will not only be the biggest Flemish exhibition of 2016, but will also feature many artworks that have never been exhibited in Flanders before. No fewer than 90 masterpieces from across the world are coming to M - Museum Leuven.
The Flemish masters Quinten Metsys and Jan Gossaert as well as international artists such as Albrecht Dürer and Hans Holbein are only a few of the names that will appeal to a broad audience. The organizer KU[N]ST Leuven is particularly pleased that the famous Portrait of Erasmus by Quinten Metsys has been loaned from the Collection of Queen Elisabeth II of the United Kingdom. In addition, three restored Enclosed Gardens from Mechelen will be exhibited for the very first time, and five of the seven authentic Leuven armillary spheres and two of the finest Leuven astrolabes by Gerard Mercator and Adriaan Zeelst are coming home for the first time. The curator Prof. Dr. Jan Van der Stock (Illuminare / KU Leuven) - the man behind the Rogier van der Weyden exhibition at M – has devised an exhibition concept within which all of these works are shown to their best advantage.
Ticket sales are open
The exhibition at M - Museum Leuven opens on 20 October. On 17 January, the masterpieces will be leaving Leuven again. To ensure that everything runs smoothly for the many expected visitors, ticket sales opened on 19 May and will be divided into timeslots. In addition to individual tickets, there is also a special Utopia combo ticket for the exhibitions at both M - Museum Leuven and at the University Library, where Utopia and More will explore the life and utopian literary world of Thomas More.
Tickets are available at www.utopialeuven.be/en, where KU[N]ST Leuven also presents information about the citywide festival and the social project Youtopia.
500 Years of Utopia is an initiative of KU[N]ST Leuven, the collaborative platform between the City of Leuven and KU Leuven.