Eugène Broerman, Portret van Alphonse Balat. Houtskool op papier, 1892. Brussel, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. © KIK-IRPA, Brussel, negative B203195.
BALaT is an acronym for Belgian Art Links and Tools and was chosen in remembrance of Alphonse Balat (1818-1895). This famous architect of king Leopold II designed the royal greenhouses of Leaken (Brussels), a world famous building complex and one of the pearls of Belgium art heritage.
The BALaT logo is inspired by the central dome of the winter garden, one of the most majestuous of the Laeken greenhouses. It also refers to the internet, the worldwide 'web' that connects researchers.
"Belgian art" should be interpreted here in its broadest sense. It concerns all art in the geographical area of current-day Belgium, without any chronological limit. The activities of foreign artists in Belgium and of Belgium artists working abroad are also included in BALaT.
Royal greenhouses of Laeken. © KIK-IRPA, Brussels, negative X010796