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27 Apr 2024

Public Opening of Bellum et Artes

Europe and the Thirty Years’ War

On the evening of Saturday 27 April, the House of European History invites you to the opening of its new temporary exhibition Bellum et Artes (War and Arts), about the role of the arts during the Thirty Years' War (1618–1648). 

Delve into events that shaped Europe in the 17th century and caused the development of legal principles that continue to have an impact today. Learn how the warring parties used artworks as both propaganda tools and ambassadors of peace. Discover vivid depictions of the fighting and horrors the Thirty Years’ War caused, by artists drawing from their own experience, and follow the journey of looted artworks that form part of Europe’s common cultural heritage.

Join our guest experts, art historians and curators who will give special insights on the exhibition, experience the new classical violin and cello duo* Roshko brothers, and taste a special 17th-century inspired cocktail by Chemistry & Botanic’s.

Come for a historical evening at the museum and enjoy an extraordinary Saturday night!

and : Guided tours 


  • Starting spot: Fables Room, 1st floor                
  • Duration: 45 minutes                    
  • Language: English

Register for the tour at 18:15 or 19:00 via our website

Expert Talks in the galleries by:

  • Agnieszka Gasior, Silesian Museum in Görlitz, Germany
  • Michael Kaiser, Max Weber Foundation, Bonn, Germany
  • Miroslav Kindl, Olomouc Archdiocesan Museum, Czech Republic
  • Sofia Nestor, The Royal Armoury, Stockholm, Sweden

Cocktail Bar, location: 1st floor, 19:00  - 21:00

Concert by Roshko brothers, location: Fables room, 1st floor, 20:00 - 20:30


27 Apr 2024 @ 06:00 pm

27 Apr 2024 @ 09:00 pm

Duration: 3 hours


House of European History

135 Rue Belliard

1000 Bruxelles



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House of European History

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