Jewish Museum of Belgium
The building that currently houses the Jewish Museum of Belgium was inaugurated in 1902. Until the First World War, it was home to a German-language school, the Deutscher Schulverein in Brüssel. The building was designed by architect Octave Flanneau, who adopted a neoclassically-inspired eclectic style for the monumental façade. After serving for many years as a repository for the state archives, the building was repurposed in 2005 to become the Jewish Museum of Belgium. The museum aims to present the life and history of Jewish people in this part of the world from the 18th century onwards, through a large collection of artefacts built up over the years. The collection comprises donations, acquisitions and deposits, such as those from the Jewish Central Consistory of Belgium, the Stelman-Topiol Foundation, the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Wiener collection. The museum also has archives, a photo library and a conventional library. In addition to its permanent collection, the museum runs an average of five temporary exhibitions a year. It also organises a plethora of activities such as talks, concerts, workshops and literary evenings, all of which are opportunities to bring together visitors from different cultures.
A brochure explaining the history of the building will be available.
Exhibition: “Mathieu Pernot. Something is happening”. Combining photographs, videos and handwritten documents, this exhibition by French photographer Mathieu Pernot focuses on a place and time as specific as they are emblematic: the island of Lesbos over the course of 2020. This Greek island just a few miles off Turkey’s Aegean coast experienced a succession of crises in 2020, making it a focal point in our history and consciousness. With this in mind, the Jewish Museum of Belgium has created this original exhibition examining exile, violence and solidarity – themes that resonate throughout the long history of Jewish communities.
Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 18:00
Rue des Minimes/Miniemenstraat 21, Brussels
By reservation only