MoMu's Renovation and the Future
Once the renovations are complete in 2020 we will be presenting the story of Belgian fashion on a permanent basis and giving our visitors a deeper look into our own world-renowned fashion history.
MoMu is closed for renovation and will reopen in Autumn 2020. During the renovation, you will not be able to visit the museum building on the Nationalestraat in Antwerp.
Since its opening the museum has committed to holding temporary exhibitions, working closely with the designers to position fashion in an extensive scenography supporting the story of the pieces. MoMu’s own extensive collection, comprising about 30,000 objects, has been less frequently exhibited because of the lack of physical space within the museum. Until now.
In charge of the modifications to optimize the infrastructure are B-architecten who will respect the building’s original signature designed by Marie-José Van Hee. This means that the spacious entrance hall and the sculptural wooden staircase will remain untouched.
Respectful, but extensive update.
Rougly 800m² of additional public exhibition space will be created to house a permanent exhibition for the permanent collection. This allows visitors to visit MoMu while thematic exhibition are being changed. Also, an auditorium with retractable stage will be added enabling MoMu to put on more readings, conferences and Q&A sessions.
In addition, MoMu library will also receive a make-over and will be expanding its infrastructure to house the museum’s study collection. Besides reading books and magazines, visitors can study and handle the objects. Behind the scenes, the depots and restoration studios will be complete renewed, which allows MoMu to store collections and archives for future generations in a high-quality infrastructure under the best possible conditions.
Closes for renovations, open to inspire at other locations.
MoMu is definitely not taking a break but is taking it elsewhere. The museum is stepping out into the world. Its collections of Belgian fashion is the largest in the world and can be seen from Paris to New York
In September, the exhibition "Soft? Tactile Dialogues" will be held on location in the Maurice Verbaet Center in Antwerp. This exhibition presents the work of Belgian textile artists from the 1970s and ‘80s in an inspiring dialogue with contemporary artists who express themselves freely in textiles.
MoMu will continue to organise workshops and birthday parties for children, and a varied selection of guided tours for adults, all on location in Antwerp.
The renovation of MoMu was made possible thanks to an impuls subsidy of Visit Flanders, support from the City of Antwerp and the Province of Antwerp and own resources of the museum.
If you would like to follow the continual development of #MoMu2020, visit momu.be and MoMu’s social media channels.