New at FRIS: patents, infrastructure and datasets
As you can see above, the FRIS Research portal has been expanded with additional information about patents, infrastructure and datasets. Beside information about almost 1800 patents, you can also find limited information about infrastructure and datasets. The amount of information will of course grow systematically in the future, so that this will offer a more complete view of the Flemish research landscape. We wish you a good surfing experience!
Researcher in the spotlight
Siska Beele - photo Wouter Maeckelberghe
Siska Beele obtained a master's degree in archaeology and art history from the Catholic University of Leuven with her thesis The fame of the Antwerp school. The cycle of paintings by Nicaise De Keyser in the Antwerp museum vestibule, 1862 – 1872. Since 1980 she has been associated with the institution where this cycle of paintings can be found: the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA). For a long time, Siska was head of the educational service, but since 2010 she has been a scientific researcher. In the latter position, she carries out collection-related art historical research, contributes to the editing of the collection catalog and contributes to exhibitions in various ways.
An important aim of the museum and a spearhead of Siska's professional activities is the translation of scientific research to a wide audience. She wrote various accessible blogs, visitor guides, catalog notes and articles on a wide variety of subjects, including for ZAAL Z, the KMSKA magazine with interviews and background information, and the museum's website.
In addition, for a long time, until Covid made things impossible, Siska was the driving spirit and organizational force behind the successful “Lectures on Sunday”. In this series, every first Sunday of October to March, a renowned speaker gave a lecture on a current museological or artistic subject. Although preferably subjects were discussed that matched the collection of the KMSKA, attention was also paid to ancient art, non-European art, architecture, applied art, aesthetics, etc.
Siska Beele's scientific interest is mainly in Belgian art from the 19th century and in the history of the museum and its collections. In the run-up to the reopening of the KMSKA, which was closed from May 1, 2011 to September 24, 2022 due to a thorough renovation, she developed the new collection presentation of the so-called Salon. No fewer than three rooms packed with paintings and sculptures evoke the atmosphere of the annual salons in 19th-century Paris. The Salon represents a turning point in art history: where artists previously made their paintings for churches and palaces, in the 19th century they went to work for museums and other public institutions or chic living rooms. Two temporary exhibitions, Kosmorama and The Making Of, which can be seen until September 3, 2023, were also curated by Siska: https://kmska.be/en/exhibitions/current .
More information about Siska's activities and projects can also be found on the Institutional Repository of the KMSKA by choosing Siska Beele as the author: https://anet.be/desktop/irkmska . Unfortunately, in December 2022, Siska will retire well-deserved.