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3080 Tervuren - Belgium
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Masterpieces of the Brussels' museum

Temporary exhibition
18 May - 27 August 2016


#100Masters is an initiative of the Brussels Museums Council and the Brussels’ museums with the aim to stimulate the public awareness about the diversity and richness of the Brussels’ museums.

During 100 days, from 18 May to 27 August 2016, 100 masterpieces will be in the spotlights with family trails, guided tours and many more activities. Story-telling on www.100masters.brussels and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr will add educational content to the promotional campaign...The campaign targets a large audience in Belgium and abroad.

The Royal Museum for Central Africa  is now closed for a major renovation. Until the reopening in 2017, the RMCA is a pop-up museum and its activities and collection pieces appear here and there.

The RMCA participates in the project #100 Masters with 4 'Masterpieces' :

  • Ndop royal statue in the Royal Museum of Fine Art
    The Kuba are renowned for their impressive statues ndop, which are idealized representations of previous supreme leaders (nyim). This mainly commemorative sculptural tradition probably goes back to the 17th - 18th century. Each nyim may be identified by a specific emblem, ibol. The drum on the socle’s front side of this figure refers to king Kot a Ntshey, who reigned during the first half of the 18th century. In the  first half of the 20th century Kuba artists made also ndop as prestigious gifts for very important European visitors.
  • Slit drum in the Museum of Natural Sciences
    This splendid slit drum in the form of a stylized antelope arrived in Tervuren for the 1897 International Exhibition. More than a hundred years later, it still produces a wholly magnificent sound.
  • Giraffe in Autoworld
    The large and imposing giraffe, towering more than 4 metres high, will
  • Butterflies in the Museum of Costume and Lace
    Splendidly colourful butterflies from ethe RMCA collections, whose wings recall the intricacy of lace.

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