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Museum Night BANG!

Date:
Wed 17.11.2021
Hour: 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Did you know the big bang first exploded in Leuven? Well, at least the theory was discovered here.

The Museum Night stuns and seduces you with awe-inspiring exhibits in M Leuven and the University Library, because the aftershocks of the Big Bang are felt in contemporary art and old masterpieces.

Meanwhile, you'll stumble upon concerts, performances and workshops.

We plan to stimulate all your senses - even those you didn't realise you had.

© Andy Holden, Eyes in Space, courtesy of the artist
© Andy Holden, Eyes in Space, courtesy of the artist

Exhibition: TO THE EDGE OF TIME

Almost a century ago, Georges Lemaître turned the world of science upside down. He developed the theory of the Big Bang. Cosmology's story didn't end there.

In the exhibit 'To the Edge of Time' art and science meet. Find out all about the latest developments in modern cosmology, with the aid of contemporary art and scientific objects. To the stars and beyond!

  • 7 p.m. until 11p.m. at the University Library
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

Exhibition: IMAGINING THE UNIVERSE

What is our place in the universe? Humans have forever been gazing up at the stars, looking for answers.

'Imagining the Universe' is a breathtaking journey through the worldwide history of art. A hundred masterpieces catch our timeless awe - in the act.

  • 7 p.m. until 12 p.m. at M LEUVEN

Exhibition: RICHARD LONG

Are you ready to confront some monumental sculptures?

Richard Long is a unique voice in the world of contemporary art. His works are inspired by the universe and nature. He rearranges natural materials such as stone and wood into primal forms that reference the cosmos.

  • 7 p.m. until 12 p.m. at M Leuven
© Aarde aan Daan
© Aarde aan Daan

Concert: AARDE AAN DAAN

Aarde aan Daan plays daydreampop which refers to Radiohead, Bon Iver and Sufjan Stevens. Their highpoint so far was "Goed" ("Good"): a veritable earworm.

Expect dreamy, Dutch-spoken lyrics and a sweet groove. "Putting the lit in literature," as they claim themselves.

  • 9.30 p.m. at FORUM M Leuven
© Wolker
© Wolker

Concert: WOLKER

Moody indie pop with a hint of melancholy. In other words: he bastard child of alt-J and Band of Horses.

Wolker is a duo which plays triumphant and bombastic music. Originating in the singer's bedroom, this hobby project won second place at the renowned contest Humo's Rock Rally.

  • At 7.30 p.m. and at 8.30 p.m. at Forum M Leuven
© Table Dialogues
© Table Dialogues

Performance: TABLE DIALOGUES

Virtual reality and interactive theatre meet in the 'Table Dialogues'.

With a friend, you dive head first into the universe of artists Robbert&Frank Frank&Robbert. Together, you experience an immersive and digital adventure. Afterwards, you get your hands dirty in the old fashioned and analogue way.

The number of participants is limited. Pick a time slot and register beforehand.

  • At 7 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 8 p.m. 8:30 p.m., 8:50 p.m., 9:15 m. 9:35 p.m. and at 10 p.m.
  • Foyer M Leuven
Chong

Concert: Mr. Chong

Meet Mr. Chong: these three young Leuven-based jazz musicians play an exclusive set.

The band was inspired by the artwork Year X by Orla Barry (part of the 'Take Your Time' exhibit). Mr. Chong's free jazz and visual projections bring the artwork to life.

  • At 8 p.m., 9 p.m.,10 p.m. at Platform M Leuven
© Maria Clara Eimmart, Volle Maan, Nürnberg, ca. 1693-98, Museo della Specola, Università di Bologna Richard Long, Quiet Skies Circle, 2020, Courtesy Lisson Gallery
© Maria Clara Eimmart, Volle Maan, Nürnberg, ca. 1693-98, Museo della Specola, Università di Bologna Richard Long, Quiet Skies Circle, 2020, Courtesy Lisson Gallery

Guided tour: Lightning tour

We set our timer to twenty minutes. At a fast pace you visit the dark halls of Imagining the Universe during this guided tour. We finish in Richard Long's solo exhibit, where you - almost literally - witness sunrise.

Register at the reception desk.

  • At 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m.,10 p.m. and at 10.30 p.m. at the lobby of M Leuven
© M Leuven, foto: Miles Fischler
© M Leuven, foto: Miles Fischler

Performance: Matchmakers

Are you overwhelmed by all the works of art in M Leuven? Can't decide where to look? Our matchmakers come to the rescue. Based on your personal profile, they go looking for your perfect art match.

  • 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. at M Leuven
© M Leuven
© M Leuven

Guided Tour: M behind the scenes

Always wanted to look behind the scenes of a museum? This tour will take you to the dark underbelly of M Leuven. Normally the general public never travels here.

You register at the reception desk.

  • At 8 p.m. (Dutch) and at 9 p.m. (English) at the Lobby of M Leuven
  • Duration: 45 min.
© Atelier Kastart
© Atelier Kastart

Workshop: SHINE UP YOUR SHRINE

In a museum you totally unwind. This workshop by Atelier Kastart helps you relax and reflect on what truly matters.

Ritual and personal shrines used to be found in countless homes. We'll create our own contemporary version - with a twist. Grafitti, small objects, glitter: you name it.

The number of participants is limited. Pick a time slot and register beforehand.

  • At 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m. at Atelier M Leuven

UUR KULTUUR

Museum Night is part of the UUR KULTUUR series. Every month, KU Leuven treats its students to a brilliant concert, an exciting performance, and even more cultural goodies. It’s an initiation into the rich palette of art in all its incarnations.

UUR KULTUUR is free with a culture card.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Tickets

Get your ticket in M Leuven or the University Library the night itself.

Booking beforehand isn't required, except for the 'Table Dialogues' and 'Shine up your Shrine'.

Prices

  • Free, with your culture card
  • Students and staff: € 5
  • Other: € 12

Covid Safe Ticket

You arrive first in M Leuven or the University Library. At the entrance, you'll need to identify yourself and show your Covid Safe Ticket. Find out more about the CST.

Accessibility

More information on accessibility can be found here.
Questions about accessibility.

Contact

KU Leuven Dienst Cultuur
Naamsestraat 96
3000 Leuven
+ 32 (0)16 32 03 40
cultuur@kuleuven.be