A journey through the permanent collection, covering the history of photography from the pioneers up to contemporary creativity, takes in nearly 800 photographs. The creative, documentary and historical aspects exist side by side to sketch as broad a panorama as possible of both Belgian and international, historical and contemporary photography. The photographic journey is structured along two separate axes. In the former neo-Gothic Carmel, the display is chronological to show photography from the first 19th-century daguerreotypes up to the seventies. As for the new wing, it proposes a thematic approach to photography making it possible to address and crisscross the different periods around a same theme. Its wide spaces, in particular, mean that it offers the opportunity to exhibit the large sizes of contemporary creativity but also the many directions that photography would take at the dawn of the eighties.
Value and commitment
The Museum of Photography structures its work around five fundamental strands:
Collecting / Conserving / Studying / Exhibiting / Educating
The collection department is responsible for managing the Museum’s first four strands. Its task is to sustain the heart of the institution: its collection. Its role consists of enriching it through the follow-up of gifts or one-off acquisitions. It has to ensure optimum conservation conditions meeting international museum standards. It needs to deepen its scientific knowledge through research and the publishing of catalogues. Lastly, the department is devoted to enhancing its collection through the permanent or temporary exhibition of its museum pieces.