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The exhibition

Follow these links for more information on the permanent exhibition, the exhibition design of the renovated museum and the linked calls.

1. Permanent exhibition

In parallel with the development of the architectural project, an internal team at the RMCA is also working on the new permanent exhibition. Since 2002, several teams of scientists, staff members of  public services, administrators of the various collections and external experts have been working on the permanent exhibition for the renovated museum. The proposal made by the renovation team went out to external peer review in March 2013. The  permanent exhibition design and the objects used to illustrate it have now been selected.

The visitor's journey begins in the reception pavilion, crosses the new underground gallery, passes through the museum's cellars and then continues on the ground floor, which houses the heart of the permanent exhibition.

The permanent exhibition is structured into two closely linked parts:

  1. in the cellars: where the exhibition depicts the history, present day and future prospects of the institution.
  2. on the ground floor: here the museum tells a story divided into four themed areas, with Central Africa forming the core, and for which the RMCA either has vast collections or carried out research.
    • Languages and music of Central Africa
    • Biology, landscapes and biodiversity
    • Source of raw materials and human and natural resources
    • Central Africa and its history
    • Journey of life 

2. Exhibition Design

Scenographer Niek Kortekaas, who is part of the temporary association TV SBA, has developed the scenographic concept used in the new permanent exhibition with Johan Schelfhout, project manager for scenography and multimedia.

The design of the exhibition is subtle, so that the original interior decoration and circuit can still be seen. The original display cabinets will be restored and reused. These will be supplemented by new display cabinets which are designed according to a contemporary modular system, providing considerable flexibility for future exhibitions. The scenographers are also responsible for formulating proposals for the rooms based on the exhibits suggested by the renovation team. They will create a proposal for the presentation of each room, its lighting and the multimedia system that will be used. They are also responsible for a graphic design proposal for the permanent exhibition.

The primary challenge is to communicate a contemporary and decolonized vision of the Africa of yesterday and today, in the context of a building that is not only inherited from the colonial era but was in fact designed as a colonial museum.

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