Digital exhibitions

Once Upon a Law: the Grimm Brothers’ stories, language, and legal culture

Highlighting the relationship between the stories of the Brothers Grimm and their lesser-known works about language and law. With focus on the perspective of the Grimm brothers as legal scholars, and through that lens, underlying legal customs become visible in the themes of their most famous fairy tales.

Day Zero / Ground Zero Cape Town: A Decolonial Walk along the Liesbeek River

A story about the Liesbeek river in Cape Town, South Africa, about its colonial past and its Anthropocene future. As a kind of a historical interlocuter, we ‘walk’ the river with Peter Kolb (1675–1726), the first known scientific explorer of the Cape of Good Hope.

The Jesuits between East and West, between China and Europe

Driven by missionary zeal, many Jesuits embarked on a risky journey to the East – and quite a few of them did not survive the hazardous ocean journey. These missionaries managed to establish a real dialogue on religion, philosophy and science with the oft well-educated upper echelons of Chinese society. 

Physical exhibitions

Once Upon a Law: the Grimm Brothers’ stories, language, and legal culture

Highlighting the relationship between the stories of the Brothers Grimm and their lesser-known works about language and law. With focus on the perspective of the Grimm brothers as legal scholars, and through that lens, underlying legal customs become visible in the themes of their most famous fairy tales.

The Golden Age of Illustration

Writers across the Western world began collecting and transcribing local folklore during the 18th and early 19th centuries, and these collected works were hugely popular. In the last quarter of the 19th century, several social and technological advances led to a boom in illustrated volumes of these tales, in what would come to be known as “the Golden Age of Illustration”. At Centre Céramique a selection of Art Nouveau illustrations by illustrators such as Arthur Rackham, Harry Clarke, René Bull and William Heath Robinson can be admired.

Picturing Europe

A selection from our rich collection of travel guides in our Jesuit library can be admired. This exhibition shows how the travel guide, as a great companion, indicated to the tourist exactly what was worth a visit: which buildings, which seaside resorts, which mountain regions, which panorama. The travel guide defines the tourist gaze and played an important role in developing what is today considered natural and cultural heritage in Europe.