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Elio Di Rupo, Mayor of Mons has transformed an old chapel into a virtual art collection

Visitors can discover 50,000 works of Belgian cultural heritage

  • August 06, 2018 18:30
  • Author Monika Dimitrova
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Source: Artotheque Mons

Under the leadership of Elio Di Rupo, Mayor of Mons in Belgium, architects have created a collection of works of art within a chapel of the former convent of the Ursulines. In this renovated 18th century building, visitors can discover 50,000 works of Mons cultural heritage through real and virtual immersion. The collection of works of art - the Artothèque, also reveals how reserve collections work and raises the awareness of the public regarding conservation techniques. The attractiveness of the place benefits the businesses in the area and encourages people to explore other cultural sites in Mons.

Creating the Artothèque brought together two architects, one for the restoration of the chapel, the other for the scenography. Opened in April 2015 under the framework of "Mons 2015, European Capital of Culture", the chapel is home to all of the collections not exhibited in other museum sites in Mons. The majority of the works is virtually accessible through digital devices. This scenography, arousing the interest of visitors for the whole of the Mons heritage, increases the attractiveness of the city.

Source: European Committee of the Regions