Visiting Belgium? Here’s Why You Must Stop at the Museum of Sacred Arts!

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Artist Seema Kohli in one of her works to be displayed at the Museum of Sacred Arts, Durbuy, Belgium

As a lifestyle blogger, I have been fortunate to explore the work of some wonderful artists. It is a matter of great pride when a talented Indian artist is celebrated internationally. Seema Kohli- painter, sculptor, and artist extraordinaire, has put her brand of art work on the world map. The next stop on her art journey is the “Museum of Sacred Arts” pioneered by the Radhadesh community in Durbuy, Belgium.

Mixed Medium artworks by artist Seema Kohli that will be displayed at the Museum of Sacred Arts, Durbuy, Belgium

SEEMA KOHLI:

A name to reckon with in India’s contemporary art world, Seema Kohli’s works span varied mediums. These include “paintings, murals, experiential installation performances, films to installations, and sculptures”. She has had over 30 solo shows in various countries and has participated in numerous art fairs and international biennale, and is on prominent display in many noteworthy institutions. Her distinctive work can be spotted from a distance – the mark of a true star.

Mixed Medium artworks by artist Seema Kohli that will be displayed at the Museum of Sacred Arts, Durbuy, Belgium

THE MUSEUM OF SACRED ART, DURBUY, BELGIUM:

This unique museum, located about 100 km from Brussels, is devoted exclusively to ancient Indian art, with a focus on sacred devotion.

Over the last six years, the museum authorities have collected over 200 works made by Seema Kohli. Curated by Sushma Bahl, this collection will be opened to public this June, and will be on display for six months. The collection has been named “Celestial Revelations” and promises to be unique and truly memorable.

Mixed Medium artworks by artist Seema Kohli that will be displayed at the Museum of Sacred Arts, Durbuy, Belgium

CELESTIAL REVELATIONS EXHIBIT:

The Radhadesh Community and the Museum of Sacred Art (MOSA), located at Château de Petite Somme near Durbuy, will inaugurate “Celestial Revelations: Art-Scape of Seema Kohli” on Saturday, June 15. The first weekend is open for people to learn about the traditional culture of India.

The program will begin with guided tours of the castle and the temple room. Then there will be an official opening of the new exhibition by artist Seema Kohli, a concert of Indian classical music by flute maestro Hariprasad Chaurasia, a bharata-natyam dance by Gaura Nataraja, followed by vegetarian refreshments. The program will finish around 7:30 p.m.

Mixed Medium artworks by artist Seema Kohli that will be displayed at the Museum of Sacred Arts, Durbuy, Belgium

INAUGURAL CELEBRATIONS:

To mark this momentous occasion, celebrations have already begun in the artist’s home-town. Recently, Mr. Stijn Mols, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium and Mrs. Evy Renap hosted an intimate dinner to honour Seema Kohli, in Delhi. Friends, relatives, colleagues and media heads were invited to a presentation by the artist, which was followed by a buffet dinner.

Seema Kohli was accompanied by the team from Stance Dance Studio, for a contemporary dance show, entitled “Project Home- The Word for the World is Home”. Through minimalist props, impactful performances and singing childhood rhymes in Punjabi, Mrs. Kohli kept the audience enthralled. Later, she explained the inspiration for the show was her grandmother’s story of displacement during the partition of India; as well as her father’s life story. Delicious snacks and dinner by the Supper Club were the cherry on top of this delightful evening.

I highly recommend a visit to the Museum of Sacred Arts in Belgium, if you are in that part of the world during the next six months. You will certainly walk away enriched!

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DETAILS:

Venue: Museum of Sacred Arts, Chateau de Petit Somme 5, B-6940, Septon-Durbuy

Dates: Opens on June 15, 2019 and will be on display for 6 months

Time: 1 Apr – 1 Nov: 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.– 6:00 p.m.
2 Nov – 31 Mar: 11:00 a.m.– 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.– 5:00 p.m.
Mondays closed, with the exception of school and public holidays

Entrance Fee: Adults- 3 Euros, Children (6-11 years) 1.50 Euros

Inaugural Session Details: 11:00 a.m. – Opening Session at MOSA above the boulangerie.

12:00 p.m.- Speeches by artist Seema Kohli, curator Sushma Bahl and Director Martin Gurvich

12:30 p.m.- Bharatnatyam performance by Gaura Nataraj Das in the Temple Room

1:00 p.m.- Concert by Hari Prasad Chaurasia in Temple Room

2:00 p.m. – Lunch in the restaurant

Contact Seema Kohli here: kohli.seema@gmail.com

https://www.seemakohli.com/

Contact the Museum of Sacred Arts here: +32 (0)86 323590

https://www.radhadesh.com/en/


This blog is a part of the #LetsBlogWithPri Campaign hosted by Prisha Lalwani from www.mummasaurus.com. I would like to thank Maitri Verma for introducing me in the blog train. You can read her blog here. I would like to introduce Revati Bhushan. You can read her blog here.

*This is not a sponsored post.

**All pictures courtesy Seema Kohli. 

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17 Thoughts

  1. I saw this on your insta and I had to checkout this post! All these art works is just mind blowing! I would like to see more 😍

  2. Life is more beautiful with art. And I am a big fan of such work. I admire your writing it’s always thorough and inspiring.

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