Director Ivo van Hove to receive KVAB Gold Medal

The Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (KVAB) will award director Ivo van Hove with its most significant prize. The academy announced that Van Hove would receive the Gold Medal this year for his work as "an ambassador of Flemish culture at the international level as an artistic innovator".

Van Hove's career has made him a prominent name in the theatre and music world in Flanders and internationally.

"His oeuvre includes work as a theatre maker, as well as connections with film and opera, engagement with both classical and modern playwrights as well as contemporary authors, social and societal involvement, a flawless sense of what is happening in the art world and beyond," a KVAB spokesperson said.

"Ivo serves as an avant-garde figure, an artistic innovator," said Christoffel Waelkens, president of KVAB. Van Hove will receive his medal on 9 December at the Palace of the Academies in Brussels.

Van Hove was one of the last people to collaborate with David Bowie before his death in 2016. The two worked together on the musical Lazarus in London. In the same year, King Philippe appointed him Commander of the Order of the Crown.

In September, van Hove stepped down as artistic director of the International Theater Amsterdam after 22 years to focus on international projects.


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