MoMu presents two major exhibitions every year, which can be themed or monographic shows, displays showcasing pieces from the museum’s permanent collection or touring exhibitions from partner institutions.
The Antwerp ModeMuseum (MoMu) opened its doors in September of 2002 with a commitment to creating ‘a context for fashion and clothing behaviour’, presenting fashion in its social, political and cultural context through adventurous and dynamic exhibits.
A world away from the stiff and stuffy glass-fronted presentations of the traditional costume display, MoMu’s interdisciplinary exhibits tend to the adventurous and iconoclastic.
As well as exquisite couture and historical pieces, over the years, the galleries have paid host to a tweed-covered vintage Porsche during the Veronique Branquinho exhibition, design masterpieces left design masterpieces exposed to the elements in courtyard for Yohji Yamamoto’s Dreamshop, and shown pioneering works of fashion film made in association with SHOWstudio for BLACK, Paper Fashion and Walter Van Beirendonck.
MoMu sees its archive of fashion and costume as a collective memory of the city of Antwerp, a reflection of the changing mores and humours of its inhabitants. The historical foundation of its archive came from the former Textile and Costume Museum and it has been augmented by bequests of historical pieces by collectors and by an ever-expanding collection of pieces by contemporary Antwerp designers from the 1980s to the present day.
Under the directorship first of Linda Loppa, (then also the head of the Fashion Academy), and, more recently, of former senior curator Kaat Debo, MoMu has presented a programme of ground breaking exhibitions that have earned it a place among the leading fashion museums of the world.
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Antwerp’s latest architectural jewel is the Port House. This funky and innovative building, with roots in the past, is the new headquarters of the Antwerp Port Authority that accommodates over 500 employees. You can also plan a guided tour of the building and enjoy the panoramic view over the port and the city.
Shorter days and longer nights… Yes, autumn is here. But don’t worry, because in Antwerp we always make sure that every day and every night is simply unforgettable, with fun parties in unexpected places, concerts in palaces and exhibitions and culinary highlights in the city centre. And just when you think you’ve seen it all, we have another surprise up our sleeve for you. Book the Discover Antwerp package, spend the night in Antwerp and make the most of your stay with the Antwerp City Card that is included.
The MAS is the most prominent place where the city and the port come together, both literally and figuratively. The 60 metre tall tower – a feat of daring architecture – has already become a new landmark in Antwerp. The MAS is focusing on the city’s diversity and reflecting on the many contacts between cultures, both past and present. The museum collection tells the story of the city, the port and the world. On the roof of the MAS, you can also enjoy panoramic views over Antwerp.
This museum is the continuation of the Of the Officina Plantiniana, founded by Christoffel Plantijn in 1555, as the first industrial printing works in history. Granted by Unesco in 2005, the museum demonstrates the entire book production process from the 15th to the 18th century.
Step into the shoes of the leading Baroque artist of his era. Rubens and his family lived in this palatial setting for well over 25 years and it is here that the artist created the lion’s share of his work. Here he entertained Europe’s nobility and Royalty and stored his impressive art collection in a beautiful art room. The garden, the creators’ workshop and the fabulous collection draws 150 000 visitors from all over the world, year after year.
Winter in Antwerp is the ultimate winter holiday and so much more! Between 10 December and 8 January, the entire city centre is enveloped in a cosy atmosphere on squares and shopping streets, with an outdoor ice rink, a winter bar, original and fun shops, additional retail Sundays and lots of surprises.
What do you do if it’s raining outside but you don’t want to stay indoors? The Antwerp residents don’t let a shower or thunderstorm stop them from doing what they want to do. If you’re prepared to brave the bad weather, you will see that there’s plenty to keep you occupied, with an umbrella in hand, if necessary. We are happy to inspire you with sheltered and less sheltered tips.
Antwerp has a solid national and international reputation as a creative fashion city. The well-known Fashion Academy and the amazing Fashion Museum as well as the inspiring shopping streets and the various fashionable events organised in the city all contribute to this. The new Antwerp Fashion Weekend event only helps confirm why so many visitors from neighbouring cities and further afield think of Antwerp as the shopping capital of Belgium.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (M HKA) is an international museum, with its own collection and temporary exhibitions. Dominating the Zuid, one of Antwerp’s trendiest districts it is surrounded by galleries and cosy cafes. The M HKA moves – artistically, it doesn’t shy away from the alternative. Artists of all ilks regularly appear to associate their vision and talent with the works of art in the museum. Next to changing collection presentations and four major projects a year, M HKA has a varied programme of performances, lectures, concerts, debates, guided tours, museum chats and breakfasts.