Paul Dujardin (art historian)

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Paul, Knight Dujardin (1963) is an art historian and (since 2002) director general of BOZAR in Brussels .Under his leadership, the Centre for Fine Arts has become an interdisciplinary cultural centre with a European Mission and International scope.


In 1986 he became a graduate in art history and archeology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and in 1987 he obtained a degree in policy sciences at the VLEKHO. He also studied at the University of Oviedo, the Goethe-Institut and the Freie Universität Berlin.

He became assistant to the Secretary-General of the International Federation for Youth and Music. With Bernard Foccroulle and Claude Micheroux he organized a series of seminars in collaboration with Les Jeunesses Musicales de la Communauté française. In 1988 he founded the Festival of contemporary music Ars Musica, of which he remained the coordinator until 1993.

In 1992 he became director-general of the Philharmonic Society of Brussels and took over the artistic direction and programming of the National Orchestra of Belgium. From 1996 to 2002 he represented the Philharmonic Society of Brussels in the European Concert Hall Organization (ECHO), international federation that unites the most important European Arts Centers.

In January 2002, Dujardin became deputy director and artistic director of the Center for Fine Arts in Brussels. [1] His alma mater describes Dujardin as someone who has taken this federal institution out of the cobwebs and transformed it into a prestigious cultural house without barriers. [2] After ten years at the helm, he considers the renewal " just beginning. " [3]

Today, the CFA offers a wide range of events, including concerts, exhibitions, and debates as well as festivals and events linked to film, literature and theatre. Under his direction, BOZAR has blossomed into a veritable Agora, a space where citizens, cultural players, politicians and individuals from various disciplines can meet, exchange ideas and debate.

A fervent defender of the European project, Paul Dujardin has worked tirelessly to ensure that BOZAR becomes an essential actor within the domain of international cultural exchange and a defender of the European cultural values at the core of the European project. This commitment is evident in the active role that BOZAR plays in the European research initiative “The role of culture in EU external relations,” as well as the extensive cooperation with a network of partner organizations including the Goethe Institut, Culture Action Europe, EUNIC, the European Cultural Foundation and the European Foundation Centre (just to name a few).

Paul is President of the Direction Committee of the “New Narrative for Europe” project: an initiative of the European parliament implemented in collaboration with the European Commission launched to reinforce and promote the fundamental values related to science and culture). He also advocates in favor of giving culture a more important role in EU foreign affairs as an instrument of ‘soft power.’

Other activities[edit]

Paul Dujardin represents the CFA at various platforms such as the European Concert Hall Organization (ECHO) the International Society of Performing Arts (ISPA), the European Network of Ancient Music (Réseau Européen de Musique Ancienne – REMA) and ASEMUS – Asia Europe Museum Network (since September 2010). Since 2013, he has presided over the Executive Council of the International Music Council (IMC) and since February 2014, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the European Festivals Association (EFA).

Paul Dujardin is also a member of the board for Kanal/Centre Pompidou, acting president of Europa Nostra since 2018 and beginning in 2019 he will become a member of the Board of the International Music Competition Queen Elisabeth of Belgium. He is the co-founder of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, public interest foundation, among others, including :

  • · Euphonia Foundation (supports young musical talent)
  • · Festival Jubilate
  • · Culture and Democracy vzw
  • · Ictus
  • · Young Philharmonic
  • · Foundation of Trento
  • · Kunstberg vzw

Paul Dujardin was or currently is manager or adviser of:

  • · Carta Moda
  • · Brussels Biennial (2010)
  • · Grumiaux Foundation
  • · Musiques Présentes
  • · Foundation Spes
  • · Belgian Foundation vocation
  • · Erasmus Foundation
  • · Music Council for Flanders-Unesco
  • · Friends of the Brussels Royal Conservatoire (Dutch-speaking department)
  • · Kunstwijk vzw
  • · Brussels Summer Festival
  • · Youth orchestra of Brussels
  • · Belgian Wagner Association
  • · Belgian Comic Strip Center
  • · European Yehudi Menuhin Foundation
  • · Bureau of Young Belgian Painting
  • · International Queen Elisabeth Music Competition of Belgium
  • · Venezia Viva


In acknowledgment of his efforts, Paul has received an honorary Doctorate from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), he has been appointed an Officer of the Leopold Order (2011), given the title of Knight (2009), received a Gilt Cross of Honor from Luxembourg, a Hwagwan from the Order of Cultural Merit of Korea, an Order of Merit from the Federal Republic of Germany, an honorary degree from Poland, a cross from the Order of Merit of Hungary, the title of Commander of the Order of Merit from the Republic of Congo and the distinction of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters of France.