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Heritage Day: Rituals, Traditions & Dreams at MoMu


Photo: MoMu Antwerp / Dennis Ravays

It’s that time of the year again where we celebrate cultural heritage during Heritage Day on Sunday, 24 April! This year it is all about rituals! MoMu will be organizing some great activities for you and your family & friends to enjoy!

First of all, visitors can visit our newest exhibition ‘Game Changers. Reinventing the 20th Century Silhouette’ for free! The exhibition  unites 100 unique couture and ready-to-wear silhouets by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Paul Poiret, Madeleine Vionnet, Gabrielle Chanel, but also Issey Miyake, Ann Demeulemeester, Comme des Garçons, Yohji Yamamoto, Maison Martin Margiela…

Itchiku Kubota, Symphony of Light, (c) The Kubota Collection

Itchiku Kubota, Symphony of Light, (c) The Kubota Collection

Second, you can catch a glimpse of the unique kimonos by the Japanese textile artist Itchiku Kubota in our MoMu Gallery! The exhibition Traditions & Dreams. Kimonos from the Kubota Collection in the gallery of MoMu will shows six kimono’s of his unfinished Symphony of Light series and two kimono’s from the Mount Fuji series, which will all be the on view for the very first time in Belgium. This exhibition is organized on the occasion of the festivities of 150 years diplomatic relations between Belgium and Japan and with the support of Port of Antwerp.

Third, our MoMu conservator Frieda Sorber will be giving a lecture on Japanese kimonos. The lecture will be in dutch. Places are very limited so head over to our webshop to buy the tickets!

Last but not least, MoMu offers you the chance to witness a traditional tea ceremony! Inspired by our kimono exhibition and the main theme of Heritage Day, rituals, MoMu has invited a tea master to show you the centuries-old traditions of making tea!


  • Visit Game Changers. Reinventing the 20th Century Silhouette for free, 10am - 6pm.
  • Visit Traditions & Dreams. Kimono from the Kubota Collection, MoMu Gallery for free, 10am – 6pm
  • Lecture Frieda Sorber, conservator MoMu: “The phenomenon kimono in Japanese culture, past and present”, MoMu Library, at 2pm, participation: €5, registration required info@momu.be. The lecture will be in Dutch.
  • Japanese tea ceremony, MoMu entrance hall at 10am, 11:15am, 2pm and 3:15pm.  Free Japanese tea tasting, continuously from 10am till 18pm.

Hope to you see all celebrating cultural heritage with us at MoMu!