Place Blaise Pascal, 1 / L.3.03.01
Art Archeology Ethnology
A MUSEUM OF THE ARTS AND CIVILISATIONS AT THE VERY HEART OF THE UNIVERSITY
The museum opened in 1979, within the framework of the University of Louvain (UCL : Université catholique de Louvain), eight years after Louvain-la-Neuve was founded. Over the years, many donations have enriched the original collections which have constituted a remarkable heritage of Arts and Civilisations and are exhibited by rotation. This heritage is centred on the most important tendencies in both European and Belgian Art : from engravings by Albrecht Dürer or Rembrandt to Alechinsky's or Delvaux's paintings, and including Gothic or Baroque sculptures. And yet these collections also open vistas to other continents as well with a rich collection of « primal art » (from Africa and Oceania) or an opening on « popular » or « naïve » arts. Through these varied exhibits the hall-mark of which is historical, cultural and social diversity, whole segments of humanity are made present in the very heart of this new city, in the young province of Walloon Brabant. From one exhibition to another and with the changing presentation of the museum's exhibits, visitors discover a renewed museum with each season. At any time visitors can learn more about the history of civilizations and the diversity of art in the 20th century. Visitors will also come across university students learning their future professions and school children from the area or from further afield, learning and creating art. This is what a contemporary university museum is : a place of life where exhibits and visitors from all walks of life meet together for mutual enrichment.
What is there to see at the Museum of Louvain- la-Neuve? Works from different civilisations, 20th century art and also a place where works of art are in dialogue with each other. There are regular temporary exhibitions.