Programme

Walking tour

Leopold II and Parc du Cinquantenaire/Jubelpark

© Royal Museums of Art and History

This tour of the Art and History Museum and Parc du Cinquantenaire/Jubelpark will provide an opportunity to reflect on the colonial past of the young Belgian state. The museum, for example, houses a plaster copy of the monumental equestrian statue of Leopold II. The tour will examine the history of this work as well as that of the museum itself and the ivories in its Art Nouveau collection. Both the museum and the park are home to statues and monuments with a direct or indirect link to the Congo. State-sponsored artist Thomas Vinçotte played a key role in the creation of these works. The tour will highlight the part played by such individuals in Belgium’s past and address the repercussions of their actions from a contemporary perspective.

In cooperation with the Royal Museums of Art and History.

Practical information

Sat. & Sun. at 10:30 and 14:30 (EN), 10:30 and 14:30 (FR) and 10:30 and 14:30 (NL) (duration: 1 hour)

Starting point: outside the entrance to the Art and History Museum, Parc du Cinquantenaire/Jubelpark 10, Brussels-Extensions

Advance booking required. Up to 15 people per tour.