‘In the MAS | Museum aan de Stroom you’ll become acquainted with Antwerp in the world and with the world in Antwerp. Use all your senses to discover the city’s rich past, the river and the port. Enjoy breathtaking views of the city and be surprised by the many large and small details of this architectural gem.’ (MAS, 2017)
What a waste of money! The view of the city was nice, and the building architecturally a gem, but those were free of entrance.
‘The city and the world meet in the MAS. As a city on a river, Antwerp has attracted people from all over the world for centuries. Throughout the centuries, people met exchanging ideas and goods. Traces of these encounters are collected in the MAS.’ (MAS, 2017)
City Photographer. ‘The MAS asked curator Kaat Celis to make a selection from 15 (city photographer) portfolios and to create one huge, inspiring and surprising look at the city. This results in a visual love letter for Antwerp, an associative narrative on the love-hate relations with the city from a photographer’s point of view.’ (MAS, 2017) The pictures hang on the walls next to and above eight escalators going to the roof of the building. Not the best place to look at them, They just can give a feel. And I think that’s the purpose. But for me the feel on most of the escalators is not related to Antwerp. The concept and presentation are original.
Art from Pre-Columbian America. As I have noticed more often lately these kind of statements in magazines, museums, books, are interpreted without limitations and therefor sometimes misleading. One exposition was for example P. Janssen-Arts collection. This collection ‘tells us about the extraordinary relationship between man and the world of gods, ancestors and spirits in America before the conquest of Europe.’ (MAS, 2017) What’s the relation with Antwerp?. I’ve visited museums and archaeological excavation sites in Latin America and the condition of the items displayed in this expo seemed almost unreal because of the excellent state they were in.
Antwerp à la carte. Today, over half of the world’s population lives in cities. Antwerp, for instance, has more than 500,000 inhabitants. That’s half a million mouths to be fed every day. How do we manage to do this now, what will we do in the future, and does the past offer any inspiration? (MAS, 2017). Some interesting facts of the current world of food production and ongoing initiatives.
Some other exhibitions:
- Visible storage
- Display of Power | Prestige and symbols
- Life & Death | Gods and mankind
- World Port | Trade and shipping
MAS (2017), At: http://www.mas.be/en/page/mas-nutshell (last visited 10 December 2017)