Jules Schmalzigaug (1882-1917) was the only Belgian painter who was involved in the development of Futurism during the pre-war period. To render an homage to this neglected pioneer who died prematurely, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium organize a retrospective exhibition from October 29th 2010 to January 23rd 2011. Additionally, a catalogue of this exhibition will be published. In 1912, after his rather traditional artistic education in Germany and Belgium, Jules Schmalzigaug visits the exhibition of Italian futurists in Paris which constitutes for him a real revelation. During that same year he settles down in Venice, where he joins the local artistic avant-garde and appropriates the Futurist artistic language. In the spring of 1914 he participates in the Esposizione libera futurista internazionale in Rome where he displays his work next to that of the key figures of Italian Futurism and of other foreign Futurist artists. From autumn 2010 onwards his impressive oeuvre will finally be on show in the Royal Museums through a selection of paintings and works on paper.

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