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VISIONS

VISIONS

VISIONS features the views of four contemporary Belgian artists on the mask. Each in their own way, they go beyond the « object-mask » in order to delve into the heart of the rituals and mythologies underlying masking practices. Their creations – photographs, ceramic...

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Vice-versa. From ethnography to fine craftsmanship

Vice-versa. From ethnography to fine craftsmanship

An exhibition organized by the “Métiers d’art de la Province de Hainaut” Creative craftsmen of the “Métiers d’art du Hainaut” were invited to create objects inspired by the culture of the Abelam, a people of Oceania to which the exhibition “ABELAM – Facing the stars”...

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Respiro prezioso

Respiro prezioso

This exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Accademia delle Arti Orafe of Rome and presents a number of drawings made by goldsmith design students during the lockdown period. Deeply affected by the coronavirus pandemic, Italy was the first European country...

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Japan – Masks of yourself

Japan – Masks of yourself

This exhibition took place on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Belgium and Japan. The objects on display belonged to the collections of the Museum, to Benoît de Spoelberch, a private collector, to the Royal Museum of Art and...

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Leather gods – Wooden heroes

Leather gods – Wooden heroes

This exhibition took place in the framework of the Europalia Festival Indonesia. A Belgian private collector, Claude Lavallé, who lived during 15 years in Jakarta and worked at the national Museum of Jakarta, lent part of her collection of masks, puppets and fabrics...

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Healing – Ensorcelling

Healing – Ensorcelling

This exhibition was organized in collaboration with the Albert Marinus Centre. One half of the objects on display came from the Museum’s collection, the other half were loans from Christian Chelman, a private collector from Brussels. The exhibition presented a choice...

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The world of the Touloulous

The world of the Touloulous

The Carnival of Cayenne is one of the major events of French Guyana. On Sunday afternoon, groups of costumed people parade around decorated floats to the rhythm of percussion and brass instruments. However, the characteristic element of this folklore are the evening...

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Fresques carnavalesques

Fresques carnavalesques

Each year, Gilles Rochez displays his talent and his love for the folklore of Binche on the façade of his shop located at Avenue Charles Deliège, in the town centre. The exhibition “Fresques carnavalesques” was organized within the framework of the 15th anniversary of...

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Mets ton beste clèt’che

Mets ton beste clèt’che

The “bande des pêcheurs”, the visschersbende (group of the fishermen), a compact, disparate crowd forming a colourful kaleidoscope, is at the centre of the carnival of Dunkirk. Together with the population and the tourists, they get physically involved in a huge...

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HAPPY HEADS

HAPPY HEADS

This exhibition presented the works of a French-Chinese artist duo, Benoît+Bo, who use their respective heritage to create surprising contemporary works which combine East and West and look at the world surrounding us in a half amusing half bitter way. These two...

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TICUNA – A people of the Amazon

TICUNA – A people of the Amazon

This exhibition invites the visitor on a journey into the heart of the Amazon in order to make acquaintance with the largest Indian ethnic group of Brazil : the Ticuna. With the help of the ethnologist Daniel De Vos, a very special relationship has developed over the...

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Bouffons !

Bouffons !

This exhibition unmasks the buffoons who will reveal their true nature! A transversal approach is used to deal with this well-known character, which means that diverse masked performances from all over the world are explored. Jesters, servants… they occur in many...

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Ritual fabrics. The intertwining of the invisible

Ritual fabrics. The intertwining of the invisible

This exhibition invites the visitor to discover textiles – their production, their role, their status, etc. - in diverse rituals from all over the world. In masking practices, and particularly in rituals, textiles are everywhere. They are the surface which ornaments,...

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ABELAM – Facing the stars

ABELAM – Facing the stars

This exhibition invites you to discover in an original way the masked traditions of the Abelam people of Papua New Guinea (Oceania). Forty masks from the extraordinary collection of Marc Assayag, the author of a surprising book, “Les yeux sont des étoiles” (“The stars...

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