"In a world changing so fast, the history of art, the story of mankind, helps to remind us that time is passing by, and that whatever the country, time or culture we live in, we all share this common love of beauty.
From Japan to China and South-east Asia, from the Americas to Egypt and Mesopotamia, from Greece to Rome and Europe, all over the world, whatever the period of history, diverse objects of beauty, meaning and power were produced and cherished since the dawn of humanity.
We here today are the custodians of this common heritage to preserve, enjoy and pass on to future generations. As a Belgian, as a European and as an art lover, I am glad to support this initiative that will share in the center of Europe and at the highest level, the knowledge and passion for European as well as non- European art and history. For this spirit of openness, sharing and excellence, I wish all the success to ArtConnoisseurs."
Mr Herman Van Rompuy, Former President of European Council.
COLLECTORS AND PHILANTHROPISTS
MUSEUM DIRECTORS AND CURATORS, SCHOLARS, EXPERTS
Mr. Alain Bordier (Switzerland)
Founder of Alain Bordier Foundation-Tibet Museum. Alain Bordier is a respected real-estate broker in Geneva. Buddhist for the past 30 years, he has accumulated one of the most accurate collections of Tibetan Art. In order to preserve and share his life long collection with the public, he founded the Tibet Museum in Gruyères(Switzerland). A selective part of his collection will be shown this spring during the exhibition Art Sacré du Tibet-Collection Alain Bordier held at the Foundation Pierre Bergé -Yves Saint Laurent in Paris.
Mr. Richard C. Blum and Sen. Mrs Dianne Feinstein (United States)
Banker, philantropist, collector, founder of the American Himalayan Foundation dedicated to help people of the Himalayas to achieve vital education, medical care and environment preservation. Collector of Tibetan Art, he has established a fine collection.
Ms. Renate Homberg (Germany)
Collector of ancient Egyptian art and philanthropist.
Baronness Paul Janssen (Belgium)
Madame Dora Janssen is an important figure in the world of PreColombian art. Together with her husband Baron Paul Janssen, founder of Janssen Pharmaceuticals, she donated a large part of her collection, that retraces over 3000 years of PreColombian history, to MAS museum in Antwerp.
Mr. Dirk Krämer (Germany)
Collector of contemporary art and ancient art, co-founder of the private Museum DKM in Duisburg (Germany), benefactor of the Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig(Switzerland).
Mr. Christian Levett (Great Britain/France)
Founder Museum of Classical Art in Mougins. A prominent figure in the world of finance, his love of art inspired him to build one of the world's greatest collections of antiquities which he displays now in his private museum in Mougins, France. The juxtaposition of ancient, neoclassical, modern and contemporary art is dramatically and elegantly expressed in a series of ingenious arrangements that combine ancient with modern masters.
Mr. Klaus Maas (Germany)
Collector of contemporary art and ancient art, co-founder of the private Museum DKM in Duisburg (Germany), benefactor of the Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig.
Dr. Jacques Léon Theodor (Belgium)
Dr. Jacques Theodor was a researcher at the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France), as a specialist in comparative immunology. Collector of European ivories from the Middle Ages, Greek black figures vases and Attic Little-master cups, Jacques Theodor donated a part of his collection of Greek vases to Musée de Louvain-la-Neuve and to Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam.
Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt (USA)
Art collector, physician and philanthropist-The Helga Wall-Apelt Gallery of Asian Art at Ringling Museum, Sarasota Florida USA. Dr. Wall-Apelt, a medical doctor by training, has been interested in and collecting Asian art since her most tender youth. She is greatly respected for her knowledge in this domain as well as for her significant donation of her collection of Asian Art to the Ringling Museum in Sarasota.
BELGIAN POLITICIANS AND PERSONALITIES
Mr. Herman Van Rompuy
Former Prime Minister of Belgium and former President of the European Council. He is the author of several books, an avid blogger and a keen poet, best known for his haiku, a 17-syllable form of Japanese poetry.
Ms Brigitte Grouwels
Former Minister of Government of the Region of Brussels-Capital of Public Works, Transports, Information and the Port of Brussels.
Ms Joëlle Milquet
Former Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of Belgium.
Mr. Jean-Luc Vanraes
Former President of the Board of the Flemish Community Commission the Region of Brussels-Capital.
Mr. Hamza Fassi-Fihri
Former President of the French-speaking Brussels Parliament.
Mr. Jan Huyghebaert
Mr. Huyghebaert has been the advisor to the Belgian Prime Minister, Mr Leo Tindemans and the Echevin of the Port of Anvers. He was also the President of the Committee of the Administration of Kredietbank (KBC) and President of CA of KBC Group and KB Luxembourg. He is the vice-President of the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition.
Dr. Corinne Besson (France)
Degree in jewelry, holds a Ph.D. in Art History and Archeology former scholar of the Ministry of National Education Research and Technology. Associate researcher at the team “Technical-Commercial Production and Consumption” of the UMR 5140 of the Archaeology of Mediterranean societies from the University of Lattes-Montpellier/CNRS.
Mr. Henry Bounameaux (Belgium)
Art Historian of Art and lawyer, President of the Chambre Belge des Experts en Œuvres d’Art. Mr Bounameaux is a lawyer specializing in Archaeology and Art History. He heads a bureau that collaborates with external and independent experts to advise and give expertise on works of art. Parallel to these activities, he also teaches about expertise and the art market at ULB and also at Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels de la Cambre, Brussels.
Dr. François de Callataÿ (Belgium)
Former Head of Department, Royal Library of Belgium, Director of Studies at the 4th section l’Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Paris), Professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Member of the Académie royale de Belgique (Class of Letters). He is one of the great world specialists in ancient Greek coins.
Ms. Lee Chor Lin (Singapore)
Lee Chor Lin is Director of the National Museum of Singapore and has been in the museum profession for 28 years. She was formerly Senior Curator of the Asian Civilisations Museum and specializes in Southeast Asian textiles and Buddhist art. Lee transformed the 125-year-old National Museum of Singapore with a dynamic presentation of Singapore history and innovative programming since she took over in 2003.
Mr. Guido Creemers (Belgium)
Guido Creemers is Chief Curator of the Gallo-Roman Museum, Tongeren (Belgium). He is specialised in the Bronze and Iron age periods of the region, as well in Provincial Roman archaeology. He published a.o. about the Celtic situla graves of Wijhagen, about Iron age cemeteries, the Celtic gold hoard of Beingen, Celtic coin hoards of the low Countries and about research on Roman sites in the Eastern part of Belgium.
Ms. Audrey Dégremont (Belgium)
Egyptologist, Board member of Egyptologica a.s.b.l.
Dr. Claire Derriks (Belgium)
Egyptologist, President of International Committee for Egyptology (CIPEG) of the International Council of Museums. Dr. Claire Derriks is also Curator Emeritus of Musée Royal de Mariemont, Professor at Royal Institute of History of Art in Brussels.
Ms. Florence Doyen (Belgium)
Egyptologist and Art Historian, Field archaeologist in Egypt and Sudan, Managing Director of Egyptologica a.s.b.l.
Dr. Ian Glover (UK)
Ian Glover is the Emeritus Reader in Southeast Asian Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. He has worked in Timor, Sulawesi, Sumatra, Thailand, India and although retired from active teaching and field work, he is still researching on trade links between India and Thailand in late prehistory leading to the establishment of Buddhism in the region and the emergence of the Cham Civilization in Central Vietnam.
Dr. Sidney Goldstein (USA)
Dr Sidney Goldstein is considered as one of the world specialists on antique glass. From 1973 to 1983, he was the chief curator of Corning Museum of Glass (USA), the world's largest glass museum and for the next 26 years he occupied the function of Curator of Ancient and Islamic art at Saint Louis Art Museum.
Dr. Alfred Grimm (Germany)
Egyptologist. Deputy Director of the Staatliches Museum Ägyptischer Kunst München (Germany).
Dr. Isabel Grimm-Stadelmann (Germany)
Byzantinologist and Egyptologist, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Germany).
Director of the Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire in Brussels.
Dr. Eric Gubel (Belgium)
Archaeologist, art historian and professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), he has been the curator of the antiquities department at the Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire for 14 years before becoming the director of the museum. He has authored more than 100 articles and monographs on Phoenicians and their relations with Egypt and the western parts of the Mediterranean, led archaeological excavations in Lebanon and Syria unearthing Phoenician religious artifacts dating back to the Iron Age, worked in the Louvre and collaborated with Unesco.
Ms. Else Hartoch (Belgium)
Archeologist and Collection Management Coordinator of Gallo-Romeins Museum, Tongeren (Belgium).
Mr. Jan Koek(The Netherlands)
Chairman of « Mehen », Studiecentrum voor het Oude Egypte/Study Centre for Ancient Egypt.
Prof. Dr. Detlev Kreikenbom (Germany)
Prof. of Classical Archaeology at Johannes Gutenberg Universität, Mayence (Germany). Since 2001, he is Director of the research project 'Lepcis Magna' (Libya) and since 2009 Director of the research project 'Marble Sculpture from Roman Syria'. Corresponding member of the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut. Dr. Detlev Kreikenbom is also studying the influence of antique sculpture on the Modern Era.
Dr. Gauri Parimoo Krishnan (Singapore)
Centre Director of the Indian Heritage Centre. She is the founding curator of the South Asia collection of the Asian Civilisations Museum and spearheaded the Research and Publication unit of the museum as its Deputy Director. Dr. Krishnan obtained her PhD in art history from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India. Besides her specialization in Buddhist and Hindu temple architecture, her interests also expand to include modern art.
Dr. Kenson Kwok (Singapore)
Founding Director Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore. Dr Kwok also established the Peranakan Museum. The Asian Civilisations Museums, is one of only a handful of Museums in the world with a pan-Asian focus. The Peranakan Museum is the first of its kind in the Southeast Asian Region.
Ms. Françoise Lechien-Durant (Belgium)
Art Historian, Honorary Conservator. Administrator of asbl "Libertas". In 1990, she accepted the post of Conservator at Musée van Buuren in Uccle (Brussels), overseeing a collection of paintings and sculptures, including works by Van Gogh, Bruegel and Gustav van de Woestyne, a friend of the van Buuren family.
Dr. Christian E. Loeben (Germany)
Chief Curator of the celebrated Egyptian Department at the August Kestner Museum, Hanover Germany. He teaches at the University of Göttingen and is considered as one of the leading Egyptologists on the cutting edge with the recent discovery of an unidentified sculpture as being one of the few representations existing of Queen Nefertiti.
Mr. Martin Lerner (USA)
Curator of Indian and Southeast Asian Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York from 1978 until 2004. Under his guidance the Department of South and South East Asia established an outstanding collection. His publications include Ancient Khmer Sculpture (1994) and The Lotus Transcendent: Indian and Southeast Asian Art from the Samuel Eilenberg Collection (1991).
Maître Marc Matthys (Belgium)
Maître Matthys, barrister - Barreau de Bruxelles, is a specialist of Art Trade Law acting in all legal aspects relating to the art trade, as: art sale contracts and their sequels, contracts related to the activity of galleries, museums or international Art fairs or exhibitions, as well as moral or financial artist's rights, art galleries or publishers as well as major collectors' interests, for national or international transactions.
Dr. N. John Miksic (Singapore)
Dr John N. Miksic is Associate Professor in the Southeast Asian Studies Department, National University of Singapore, and head of the Archaeology Unit at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. He spent four years in Malaysia (1968-72) as a Peace Corps Volunteer. He completed an MA at Ohio University, and a PhD at Cornell University based on fieldwork in Sumatra. He worked as a Rural Development Advisor in Bengkulu, Sumatra from 1979 to 1981. From 1981-7 he taught archaeology at Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia.In 1987 he moved to the National University of Singapore. He serves on the board of the Center for Khmer Studies
Prof. Dr. Robert Lunsingh Scheurleer (The Netherlands)
Former Chief Curator and Director of the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and Professor at the Universiteit Gent (Belgium).
Maître Alexandre Pintiaux (Belgium)
Lawyer, scientific collaborator at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).
Dr. Pratapaditya Pal (USA/INDIA)
Dr. Pal has began his professional career as a historian of Indian art almost half a century ago. In this lecture he will speak about highlights of his experience with museums and private collectors in the United States, illustrated with slides of notable examples of Indian sculpture. He will also allude at the changing mores of art collecting in the U.S. since 1960s.
A prolific writer, Dr. Pal is the author and editor of over 60 books and 150 articles. he has also organized numerous groundbreaking exhibitions on the arts of Asia with scholarly catalogues and was the General Editor of Marg, the prestigious art journal published in India.
The publication of the long-awaited study of the history of the Hindu-Buddhist sculpture of Kashmir by Dr. John Siudmak coincides with the AAB event, and an advance copy of the book will be available from Brill, the publishers. The work is mostly a study of the stone sculpture of Kashmir dating from its earliest origins in the fourth/fifth century through the early eleventh century, but includes work in other media. It is the first major study devoted to the subject since the 1975 publication of The Bronzes of Kashmir by Dr Pratapaditya Pal, a seminal work in this field.
Dr. René Preys (Belgium)
Egyptologist and invited Professor at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and the Université de Namur (Belgique), Dr. René Preys is also President of Egyptologica a.s.b.l. His main research project is the Leuven Online Index of Ptolemaic and Roman Hieroglyphic texts (KULeuven).
Prof. Dr. Hermann Schlögl, Egyptologist.
Egyptologist. Former Professor at the University of Fribourg/Freiburg (Switzerland), where he taught Egyptology.
Mr. Jean-Marie Simonet, (Belgium)
Sinologist. He taught History of Chinese art and archaeology at the Université Catholique de Louvain from 1994-2001. In 1982, he was nominated head of the Chinese section at the Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire as well as the director of l’Institut Belge des Hautes Etudes Chinoises (LBHEC).
Dr. Cyril Thiaudière (France)
PhD in Ancient History and Archaeology and former scholar of the Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale. Associate researcher at the research group HISTARA, EA 4115: “Art history, archeology and history of representations of Europe”, of the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Sorbonne, Paris.
Mrs. Ilse Timperman (Belgium)
Ilse Timperman holds a double MA degree in Sinology (Catholic University of Leuven, BE) and Archaeology (University of Leiden, NL). Since 2010, she is investigating early niche grave practices in the Turfan Basin, at SOAS (University of London, UK). She previously taught 'Art and Archaeology of the Silk Road' as senior teaching fellow at the same university. Before that she was curator of the East Asian Department at the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels, and co-curator of the Europalia exhibition 'Son of Heaven' at the Centre for Fine Arts (Bozar) in Brussels.
Mr. Jan Van Alphen (Belgium/USA)
Former Curator of Rubin Museum is a a Belgian Indologist. He has lectured at Antwerp University and began his tenure as Chief Curator at The Rubin Museum of Art in New York in July 2011.
Ms. Annie Verbanck-Piérard (Belgium)
Art Historian and Curator of the Department of classical archaeology at Musée Royal de Mariemont (Belgium)
Dr. Rainer Vollkommer (Germany)
Director of the National Museum of Liechtenstein at Vaduz (Principality of Liechtenstein), Dr. Rainer Volkommer is a classical archaeologist. He is Honorary Professor of Ancient History with Special Focus on Ancient Art at the University of Dresden (Germany).
Dr. Eugène Warmenbol (Belgium)
Archaeologist in the field who masters several disciplines, Egyptologist, he teaches at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), holding the chair in European Protohistory.
Mr. Luc Watrin (France)
Archaeologist and Egyptologist, CNRS researcher, Chairman of the Groupe de Recherche Européen pour l'Archéologie du Levant (GREPAL).