Stephanie Benoit July 7, 2016
Opening on the 21st of July – Belgium’s National Day – BELvue Museum is launching its new permanent exhibition, which celebrates nearly two centuries of Belgian accomplishments in history, design and innovation. Visitors will be able to follow the history of Belgium, which will be illustrated by plenty of unique artefacts including Val-Saint-Lambert crystal, the motorcycle of King Albert II, a football signed by the Red Devils and most excitingly for us, two objects printed in 3D by Materialise! The first object is an artefact we printed in collaboration with the University of Leuven. Called the Brains of Vesalius, it is a model printed with multicolor PolyJet technology which allows the printer to print objects in multiple materials and colors. The interior of the model is printed in green and yellow and indicates the corpus callosum, whereas the clear material represents the surrounding gray matter. It is an homage to the great physician Andreas Vesalius, born in Brussels during the 16th century. Often considered the founder of modern anatomy, Vesalius wrote one of the most influential books on the human anatomy, entitled De humani corporis fabrica (On the Fabric of the Human Body), where he refuted most of Galen’s beliefs, which were previously considered incontestable. The second object we will be presenting is the “spirograph”, a 3D-printed hat designed by the renowned Belgian hat designer Elvis Pompilio for .MGX. The name of the hat is well-chosen, as its design closely resembles the geometric drawings made with gears and interlocking spirals that most of us played with as a child. It was 3D printed using Laser Sintering, which gave Pompilio a freedom of design which was unachievable with traditional technology. Both of these objects will hopefully invite visitors to the renewed permanent exhibition at BELvue Museum to reflect upon the role Belgium has played in history, and the innovations it continues to make today in various fields, such as 3D Printing. Every room in the exhibition will be linked to seven core social themes: democracy, prosperity, solidarity, pluralism, migration, language and Europe. Each theme will be approached from a contemporary point of view first, before plunging into its historical background. The new BELvue Museum permanent exhibition will be open for visitors from the 21st of July 2016 onwards. Interested in finding out about more of Materialise’s design projects? Take a look at our blog.