This summer, the last Pop-Up of the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren will take place in the Egmont Palace. Following a five-year renovation, the museum will open its doors at the end of 2018 with a new name, the "AfricaMuseum", and a new identity.
The exhibition in the Egmont Palace will bring the collection pieces of the museum into dialogue with contemporary art. The collection pieces on display have been selected by personalities from the political and cultural world. Examples include the painting "Migration" by Chéri Chérin which was selected by the writer Jean Bofane. The participating artists include Sammy Baloji, Pauline M’barek, Maarten Vanden Eynde and Aimé Ntakiyika. These artists have close links with the museum: they have been artists-in-residence, have taken part in temporary exhibitions, or have worked with the collection, they have been inspired by and/or made a critical reflection on the museum, and a number of artists will present works in the renovated permanent exhibition.
The exhibition in the Egmont Palace aims to lift the veil on what the new museum will or could look like, in terms of cross-fertilisation between cultures, and spanning past and present. In this temple of diplomacy, the exhibition intends to promote openness and willingness for dialogue. As such, it is a place with various layers and where questions arise, without necessarily giving an answer. Look out for the actual opening of the museum, which is awaited with great anticipation across national borders.
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