Sacred Places, Sacred Books
Sacred Places, Sacred Books Sacred Places, Sacred Books is a fascinating double exhibition about three world religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Even though they are all different, they have a lot of striking similarities. This joint exhibition takes you on an exciting journey and looks at what sacred books and sacred places mean for us now. This exceptional joint exhibition places on show more than two hundred objects and books that are precious both in terms of (art) history and religion. Prime exhibits from each religious tradition are displayed, originating from museums, libraries and private collections in Belgium and abroad.
The exhibition Sacred Books takes place at the Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library. The three holy books, Tanakh, Bible and Qur’an, each give meaning to the relationship between God and man. The divine revelations were cast in book form centuries ago. This exhibition illustrates the complex interconnectedness of the three books and tells what their significance is to billions of believers. The intimate atmosphere of the Nottebohm Room offers the ideal backdrop for the ancient, sacred texts, manuscripts and printed books.
In the exhibition Sacred Places the MAS offers a window onto the living tradition of the pilgrimage. Jews, Christians and Muslims feel a strong connection with their sacred places. Pilgrims make long journeys to experience divine powers. The exhibition follows their journey from their departure and visit to the shrine right through to their homecoming. Why do some places draw in people? What makes places like Jerusalem, Rome or Mecca so special? Why are the graves of the saints visited? Travel with the pilgrims through the exhibition and relive their feelings of hope, ecstasy and purification.
All SHARP attendees are kindly invited to an evening visit to this exhibition. The visit takes place on Friday 19 September 2014, 17.00 to 20.00 (Sacred Books, Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library) and 17.00-22.00 (Sacred Places, MAS). On this occasion, the exhibition catalogue can be purchased at a reduced price.
To give everybody the opportunity to enjoy the exhibition, we will work with time slots for Sacred Books; you find the time slot attributed to you in your conference bag. You are free to visit Sacred Places between 17.00 and 22.00 (without time slot).