HORIZON 50 - 200 VZW

In 2030, the 200th anniversary of the Kingdom of Belgium, the renovated Cinquantenaire Park will stand for the connecting power of heritage, science and culture in the 21st century. The historic site will be a campus of co-creation, participation, innovative industry and a platform for stories shared, salvaged and written by the many communities that make up Europe and its capital, together.

To achieve this goal, State Secretary for Science Policy Thomas Dermine founded the non-profit organization Horizon 50-200 on September 1, 2022. The 50 refers to the 50th anniversary of our country Belgium, when the Cinquantenaire Park was founded. The 200 looks ahead: the country's 200th anniversary.

steering group

Raphaël Jehotte
Xavier Lepoivre
Katia Dewulf
Bruno Verbergt
Michel Jaupart
Hilde De Clercq
Chris Burggraeve
Christiane Gerlach-Scheerer
Marius Gilbert
Laurent Hublet
Silvia Mesturini Cappo
Didier Viviers
Sophie Whettnall
Pascal Vrebos
Paul Dujardin


"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to get far, go together." - African proverb.

Paul Dujardin

Paul Dujardin has a degree in art history, archaeology, and management sciences. During his career he founded the contemporary music festival Ars Musica, directed the Brussels Philharmonic Society and was head of the programming of the National Orchestra of Belgium before becoming, in 2002, managing director and artistic director of the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles until 2021. He is the CEO of ASBL Horizon 50-200.

Art historian Paul led Belgium's largest art institution Bozar for almost 20 years. His alma mater VUB described Paul as "someone who brought this federal institution out of its cobwebs and transformed it into a prestigious culture house without barriers". Under his leadership, attendance grew from 300,000 in 2002 to more than 1.2 million visitors in 2019.

Paul is a defender of European values and cultural heritage. For him, arts and culture are important drivers for greater European cohesion and the promotion of peace and cooperation.

 When State Secretary Thomas Dermine asked Paul to redynamise the Brussels Cinquantenaire and its institutions by 2030, Belgium's bicentenary, he did not hesitate for a second. This is an excellent opportunity to write a groundbreaking and emancipating new story for Brussels, the communities, Belgium, and Europe.

“Il ne faut pas espérer pour entreprendre, ni réussir pour persévérer” - Willem van Oranje

Carole Schuermans

Carole is an art historian and archaeologist who has built up extensive knowledge of the contemporary art scene with her experience as the director of a private art center and the BelgianArtPrize, as well as several private art initiatives.

She also holds a MA in social and cultural studies and a MA in international relations that took her on an extended stay in Latin America.

As head of artistic programming, she is very excited to liaise with artists and underline the leadership role artistic encounters, interventions, and projects in the Cinquantenaire play in showcasing the added value and power of multivoicedness, multiperspectivity, diversity and inclusion in society.

“In the most general sense care is a species activity that includes everything that we do to maintain, continue, repair, our “world” so that we could live in it as well as possible. That world includes our bodies, ourselves, and our environment, all of which we seek to interweave in a complex, life-sustaining web”. (Joan C. Tronto and Berenice Fisher, 1990)

Daria Bochanikova

Daria is a historian of modern architecture and urban planning. She received her PhD in History from the European University Institute and a dual BA degree from a unique Russia-US program of liberal arts from Smolny and Bard College.

She lived in Russia, Italy and the US and moved to Belgium in 2015 to work for the Center for Fine Arts (Bozar) as institutional advisor to the CEO and a curator of Russian and Eastern European programs.

Today she is very excited to be part of the Horizon 50-200 team as head of artistic and scientific programming. She will invest her time in building new communities of co-creation and co-learning with artists, scientists and all the visitors of the park.

“Doing is the best way of saying.“ - Martí

Léo Juvier

Leo describes himself as a “citizen of the world”. Cuban by birth, American by naturalization, and Belgian by choice ! After his philosophy studies at the University of South Florida, he continued his training in painting and classical sculpture at the Art Students League of New York.

Léo is passionate about sculpture, writing, identity studies, history, truth and beauty. The experience of forced exile at an early age has always inspired his defense for democratic values, social integration and Human Rights.

As a communication manager for Cinquantenaire 2030, Léo hopes to contribute to the realization and documentation of the transformative work happening in the park and its institutions towards Belgium’s bicentennial


Let us know why you love the Cinquantenaire Park. Is there something you dream of, something that could make the park and its museums even more beautiful and engaging?


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