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Publications

This part of the website is still under construction. This is not an exhaustive list.

cover catalogue Shin hanga
Shin hanga - The New Prints of Japan 1900-1960, Ludion, 2022, 224 p.
The fine selection reproduced here is mostly drawn from two large private collections, supplemented by works from the Art & History Museum in Brussels and, by way of great exception, items from the family collection of the publisher Watanabe.
Catalogue of the exhibition Shin hanga (13.10.22 - 15.01.23)

(also available in Dutch or French) - €35 in the museumshop
couverture de catalogue Before Time Began
Before Time Began, 5 Continents - Fondation Opale, Lens 2019, 163p.
Before Time Began is the catalogue of a major Australian Indigenous art exhibition, first shown at the Fondation Opale in Lens (Switzerland) and now to the Belgian public in the Art & History Museum in Brussels. As the title suggests, the exhibition focuses on artworks in which Dreaming stories that tell of the creation of the Earth play a vital role. This colourful catalogue provides a beautiful overview of Aboriginal art from the 1950s to the present day.

(also available in Dutch and French) - €35 in the museumshop
The Golden Age of Flemish Harpsichord Making
The Golden Age of Flemish Harpsichord Making: a Study of the MIM's Ruckers Instruments, Pascale Vandervellen, Bruxelles, 2017, 420 p.
Among the great names in the history of harpsichord making, that of the Ruckers is probably the most famous. This dynasty of makers, represented by four generations active in Antwerp between c.1580 and c.1680, exerted a predominant influence in Western Europe. Their harpsichords and virginals, synonyms of extraordinary workmanship, acquired a tremendous reputation that extended beyond European borders and lasted until well after their active period. The envy they inspired was such that it gave rise to large-scale counterfeiting, probably the most significant in the field of instrument making up to then. The MIM owns eighteen instruments considered at the time of their acquisition to be made in the Ruckers workshop. Given the considerable patrimonial interest of this collection, a project centred on its conservation, study, restoration and enhancement was set up. The book sums up this fascinating research and sheds new light on this outstanding heritage. This survey is directed by Pascale Vandervellen, curator of the stringed keyboard instruments of the mim.

This book won the Nicholas Bessaraboff price in 2019, issued by the American Musical Instrument Society!

Available in English - € 59 in the museumshop
cover publication Masterpieces
Masterpieces
Selecting one hundred essential works of art from the collection of Belgium's largest museum: that was the challenge faced by the institution's curators, who chose the emblematic, renowned and intriguing works featured in this volume.
Le pianoforte dans les provinces belges
Le pianoforte dans les provinces belges, Renaissance du livre, 2014, 248 pages
Research by Pascale Vandervellen, PhD in musicology, on fortepiano making in the Belgian regions

Out of stock - only French edition available at the museumshop - € 35
Sax200
Sax200, Editions du Perron, 2014, 134 p.
An outstanding inventor, talented craftsman and excellent musician, Adolphe Sax began making wind instruments following the footsteps of his father, Charles-Joseph Sax. In his workshop, he improved many instruments, and patented their innovative design. Inspired by the initial successes, he launched into the creation of new instruments, which he named after himself: saxhorns, saxotrombas and saxtubas were to enjoy great success. But his most original masterpiece was undoubtedly the saxophone, which he developed in a complete range, from sopranino to sub-bass.

Under the guidance of the curator of the SAX200 exhibition, Géry Dumoulin, the four chapters of this richly illustrated catalogue tell the story of the remarkable inventor. The reader will learn all about Sax, his inventions, his business and his private life. Various lesser-known aspects of his creative activity, such as the medical instruments he devised are treated as well.

Available in the museumshop - € 25
50 instruments insolites
50 master pieces, Renaissance du livre, 2014, 128 p.
This book reveals the instruments of the MIM that have most intrigued our visitors. Through short texts - sometimes anecdotal - and magnificently illustrated you get a glimpse of the treasures the museum holds.

Available in the museumshop - € 15
Orfeo son io, Brussels, 2008, 230 p.
Available at the museumshop (trilingual edition French, Dutch and English) - € 22
Jazz in little Belgium
Jazz in Little Belgium, Brussels 2004, MIM, 144 p.
2002: the King Baudouin Foundation buys the prestigious Robert Pernet collection, a treasure for every jazz lover in the flat country. The collection was then transferred to the MIM, where it is still being held. But far from being a simple repository, the collection launched a real dynamic.

After a CD (now out of print), an exhibition, there is the book tracing the history of jazz in Belgium! From the minstrels shows at the beginning of the century to Toots, you will know everything about what made Belgium dance until the 1970s.

Available at the museumshop - € 12,50
Visitor's guide, Mardaga, 2000, 206 p.
Out of stock - only Dutch edition available at the museumshop - € 17