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Sint-Maarten deelt zijn mantel 
Théodore Géricault (naar Antoon van Dyck) ca. 1812
Collectie Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Brussel

Wanting to help others and feeling or showing compassion is typically human. All over the world, in different cultures, times and religions, you can see that the desire to help others recurs in many forms. Whether it is physical, spiritual or material help, it is very much alive socially. This is still true today.  

This new exhibition at the MAS explores questions such as: How do people put their compassion for others (people, animals, plants, earth) into practice? Why do they do it and, what are good examples? You will see that humans have been thinking and expressing themselves about this for centuries.  

In this exhibition, you will see how the idea of mercy is represented in art and culture: religious and non-religious objects, works of art, popular objects and decorative pieces, as well as music, stories and customs show how man always strives to help others. Contemporary testimonies and critical voices also show how topical the theme is and still remains. And in how many ways you come into contact with it.  


  • A new temporary exhibition about compassion, from early 2025.

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For this expo, MAS is collaborating with academic partners and various Antwerp communities and organisations active in aid today.

Maatbeker voor zakat (Tunesië)
Museum voor Wereldculturen, Nederland (WM-32172)

Joseph-Ernest Buschmann: The Seven Works of Mercy
(MAS-collectie: MFA.1956.116.1580)

Affiche van Broederlijk Delen: Evenwaardigheid eist rechtvaardigheid (KADOC, Leuven)

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