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ABBY

 

In 2024, Abby is set to offer Kortrijk a new, original exhibition venue for the visual arts, with ‘identity’ being its multi-layered and bold focal point.
Abby will be a hybrid mix of art room, museum and urban living room. In a daring scheduling, through innovative scenography and with art as the universal language, Abby welcomes you to join us in exploring what defines and connects us as people, across borders, generations and cultures.

 

The venue’s design is the culmination of a group effort between top architects Barozzi Veiga and Tab Architects, in tandem with restoration experts Koplamp Architects. The historic abbey site is being transformed into a timeless, compact and sustainable architectural gem that puts heritage at its heart. A new park pavilion will act as a magnet for the city and visitors from far beyond. The main surprise is underground, where two state-of-the-art exhibition halls will extend the site by some 600 square metres of additional exhibition space.

 

Abby is set to open its doors in the autumn of 2024.

 

 

Address: Begijnhofpark

More information: https://www.abbykortrijk.be/

1302: REVOLT, BATTLE, TURNING POINT

 

Experience the Battle of the Golden Spurs first-hand!

Every half hour, the Counts’ Chapel is turned into a breath-taking sound and light show, in which compelling animations transport you to the County of Flanders’ heyday. The story seamlessly flows into the origins of the Battle of the Golden Spurs, until you find yourself in the middle of the battlefield.

At the 12-metre-long experience table you can, among other things, deck a knight in the right attire, watch on scale models how the conflict and the battle itself unfolded and find out how both a French knight and a Flemish weaver experienced the battle. The French king and Pieter De Coninck also give their own accounts of the conflict here.

The absolute showpiece of the museum experience, however, is the authentic Oxford chest. Feast your eyes on this more than 700-year-old object, and then examine it on screen down to the smallest detail.

You'll round off your visit with some insights into the path the battle and the lion took to become Flemish symbols, and so the notion of ‘identity’ becomes many-layered.

 

Address: Church of Our Lady (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk), Deken Zegerplein 1

Opening hours: Every day from 11 July onwards, between 10.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m.

Price: Free

More information: https://www.kortrijk1302.be/

 

TEXTURE: MUSEUM OF FLAX AND TEXTILES

TEXTURE tells the story of the linen and flax industry. A story with very strong roots that bears witness to great craftsmanship and entrepreneurship, daring innovation and flexibility and to constantly reinventing yourself. In three rooms, furnished in an authentic flax shipping depot (1912), you will discover the revolutionary development of the flax industry in this region. The past will surprise you but the stories of today and tomorrow will amaze and inspire you. For centuries, Flanders has been renowned for its textiles, and linen has played a starring role in this! In the past, luxury products such as lace and damask proved very popular with the nobility and bourgeoisie. The basic linen that was woven here in huge quantities was intended for daily use. Along the banks of the Leie, an industry grew that conquered the world, that of flax processing. ‘Courtrai flax' is still a top-quality product that is internationally known and very much sought after.

 

Address: Noordstraat 28

More information: www.texturekortrijk.be

 

BEGUINAGE EXPERIENCE CENTRE

In the brand-new and exceptionally pleasant experience centre, you are taken on a surprisingly dynamic and interactive tour through those many centuries of history. Eventful years in which the Béguinage was destroyed many times. Three ladies with panache, Marie Van den Brande (15th century), Barbara Bonte (17th century) and Clementia Hiers (19th century), all once Grand Mistresses, take you by the hand and shed some light on their lives. You will find out what their day-to-day lives looked like, see the Béguinage develop and you can admire its treasures. And all this in the glorious St Anne's Hall, erected in 1682, which offers you a wonderful view of the bleaching meadow and the 17th-century houses that enclose it. The very essence of the Béguinage, captured in one image. That alone merits a visit to this Experience Centre.

 

Address: Begijnhofstraat 2

Price: free - €2 for the hire of an audio guide

 

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Abby

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Begijnhofpark
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texture

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Noordstraat 28
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texture

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Noordstraat 28
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texture

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ART

With the new Abby art museum (from autumn 2024), a well-attended visual arts triennial, punchy temporary exhibitions and a dynamic landscape of art galleries and collectives, Kortrijk has become a major player in the visual arts sector. On the map below, you will find all the visual arts exhibition venues in the region.

 

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