Heritage Library Hendrik Conscience, Nottebohmzaal
Antwerp, Hendrik Conscienceplein 4
March 2020 – November 2020
Heritage Library Hendrik Conscience
This summer there are a few exhibitions in Antwerp around Congo: ‘100x Congo’ is running in the MAS and ‘Congoville’ in the Middelheimmuseum. It is not a general theme for the Antwerp museums, but the Heritage Library has jumped on to it. This spring, the Nottebohm lectures (only in Dutch) will be devoted to 60 years of independant Congo. In the display cabinets in the staircase are several books by speakers: Bambi Ceuppens and Nadia Nsayi are represented.
In the collection
The employees have made a very interesting selection from the library’s collection. It is also interesting for us guides: we have received a 34-page document with background information. There are maps of Congo, books about the supporters and opponents of the regime of Leopold II, a memorial book of the inauguration of a finished railway from 1898 and much more. If you visit the MAS exhibition afterwards, the first showcase on the left is interesting: this is about the nkisi nkonde of Ne Kuko, a statuette with a history of restitution. This statue will be on display at the MAS expo.
If you want more information, you can ask me or one of my colleagues for a tour.
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