Leuven in the grip of Utopia
Exactly 500 years ago, the first copy of 'Utopia', the well-known book by English humanist Thomas More, rolled off the presses at Dirk Martens' printing house in Leuven. To commemorate the occasion, an array of events will be taking place in the university town.
In the M-Museum Leuven, for instance, a unique exhibition entitled 'In search of Utopia' is taking place. After all, in the 16th century numerous great achievements in painting were partly inspired by Sir Thomas More. In the M-Museum, several of these masterpieces are currently on show, by artists such as Quinten Metsys, Albrecht Dürer and Hans Holbein.
At the same time a second prestigious exhibition is taking place at the Leuven University Library: 'Utopia & More'. Here, visitors can admire original manuscripts, as well as letters, old prints and various curiosities that show how scientists and writers, following the example of Thomas More, thought about an ideal world.
Apart from these two exhibitions, an array of special events themed around 'Utopia' will be held in Leuven until 17 January 2017, including lectures and debates, theatre and dance performances, city walks, activities for children, and much more. For more information, please visit this website.