Destrée, Jules

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Destrée, Jules

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1863–1936

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Jules Destrée was born in 1863 in Marcinelle, Belgium, into a bourgeois intellectual family. He was educated at Collège de Charleroi and Université Libre de Bruxelles, graduating with a doctorate in law in 1886, and began to practice as a lawyer in Charleroi. At the same time he began to frequent artistic circles and to write reviews for La Jeune Belgique. He started his political career in 1894, when he was elected a deputy to the House of Representatives. He sat as a member of the socialist party and was an advocate of Walloon interests. During the first world war he went into exile and conducted several diplomatic missions in Italy, Russia and China at the request of the Belgian government. From 1919 until 1921 he was Belgian Minister of Arts and Sciences. In 1920 he was elected to the Académie Royale de Belgique. He died in 1935, and in 1938 the Institut Destrée, a non-governmental organisation in support of Wallonia, was founded in his honour.

Destrée was a member of the International Committee on Intellectual Cooperation (ICIC) from 1922 until 1932. In July 1922, he suggested to form what became the IIIC, although he envisaged it to be in Brussels. He also served as President of the Belgian Committee on Intellectual Cooperation, and as Secretary of the International Museums Office (IMO). He was a member of the Sub-Committee on Arts and Letters from 1926. From 1932 he served as Chairman of the Permanent Committee of Arts and Letters at the International Institute of Intellectual Cooperation (IIIC). He held this position until his death in 1936.

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International Committee on Intellectual Cooperation. Permanent Committee on Arts and Letters (1931-1946)

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1932 - 1936

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International Committee on Intellectual Cooperation

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1922-1932

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Jules Destrée was a member of the ICIC.

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International Museums Office (IMO) (1926-1946)

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Jules Destrée was Secretary of the IMO.

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Created by Jan Stöckmann 12-08-2015. French translation by Alexandre Coutelle, 19-11-2015.

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  • J.-J. Renoliet, L’UNESCO oubliée: la Société des Nations et la coopération intellectuelle, 1919–1946 (Paris, 1999).
  • UNESCO Archives, Archival Group 1, IIIC name index cards
  • Société des Nations (1927) Travaux de L’Institut International de Coopération Intellectuelle pendant l’année 1926, Paris, p. 193.
  • League of Nations (1933) International Institute of Intellectual Cooperation 1932, Paris, p. 137.
  • http://www.arllfb.be/composition/membres/destree.html [accessed 12-08-2015].
  • https://dictionaryofarthistorians.org/destreej1863.htm [accessed 12-08-2015].

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