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Big Bang
City Festival

Leuven
Fri 15.10.2021 Sun 30.01.2022

Did you know that Leuven is the birthplace of the Big Bang Theory? In 1931, Georges Lemaître introduced his revolutionary theory of the primaeval atom and the expanding universe. And it rocked the world of science to its core. It’s no small wonder then that Leuven has made the Big Bang the theme of its sensational city festival.

We'll be igniting our very own world-shattering cultural Big Bang in the autumn of 2021. BANG! sucks you into a sensory journey through how the Big Bang continues to inspire art and science today. Enjoy music, exhibitions, events, and everything that makes life BANG! exciting!

BANG! is a KU[N]ST Leuven initiative, a joint venture between KU Leuven and the City of Leuven. Funded by the Flemish Government and the Belgian National Lottery.
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© Andy Holden, Eyes in Space, courtesy of the artist
© Andy Holden, Eyes in Space, courtesy of the artist

To the edge of time

This historic building provides an impressive backdrop for an exhibition at the intersection of science and contemporary visual art. This Big Bang experience is sure to expand your horizons!

Maria Clara Eimmart, Full Moon, 1693-98 © Museo della Specola, Università di Bologna
Maria Clara Eimmart, Full Moon, 1693-98 © Museo della Specola, Università di Bologna

IMAGINING THE UNIVERSE

M Leuven invites you to a breathtaking exhibition. The theme? The universe imagined from the perspective of artist and philosopher alike, from Antiquity to the 19th century.

Richard Long, Quiet Skies Circle, 2020. Delabole slate. 11 x 220 x 220 cm © Richard Long; Courtesy Lisson Gallery.
Richard Long, Quiet Skies Circle, 2020. Delabole slate. 11 x 220 x 220 cm © Richard Long; Courtesy Lisson Gallery.

RICHARD LONG

M also has Richard Long's solo exhibition on display. This British artist is enthralled by the universe and sees it, in addition to nature, and one of his main sources of inspiration.

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Got a family celebration, company event, or a club outing coming up? The exhibitions are a great match for group visits. Special guided tour plans are available.