Exposition Formes du Salut

Forms of salvation


The temporary exhibition Forms of Salvation takes visitors behind the scenes of the restoration of works of art, to discover old religious practices.

Musée L received a collection of sculptures in the Royal Donation from the Abbey of Val Duchesse. By exhibiting some of these religious artworks, the museum wishes to highlight the impressive conservation/restoration work carried out by Royal Institute of Artistic Heritage (IRPA) with the support of the Baillet Latour Fund.

Beyond its practical usefulness, which guarantees the safety, durability, and bestowal of the pieces to future generations, the technical intervention of the conservator-restorers also makes it possible to document the uses and history of the pieces. Their history is indeed much more eventful than their static appearance might suggest.

The exhibition route guides visitors through the changes that these pieces have undergone over the centuries and the impact of these changes.

By presenting the pieces as part of the religious life of the medieval and early modern periods, the exhibition provides an overview of old religious practices while questioning the place of old religious art in contemporary museums.


Emmanuelle Mercier, doctor of Art History and conservator-restorer (KIK-IRPA)
Erika Rabelo, conservator-restorer (KIK-IRPA)
Matthieu Somon, postdoctoral fellow in art history at UCLouvain (RSCS Institute, Fondation Sedes Sapientiae)

In partnership with the The Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA)
With the support of the Baillet Latour Fund and the Fondation Sedes Sapientiae