Fleeing. Leaving your house and home behind overnight. It is a traumatic event that completely changes your life in an instant. That is how it was after 4 August 1914 when the First World War began for Belgium.
Monumental black and white photos follow the refugees on their way: from their flight from home, the first emergency aid and life in exile until they returned to a shattered country in 1918. The story gets under your skin as you move upwards on the MAS escalators; the story culminates with their return home.
The exhibition ‘Exodus. Fleeing the war’ commemorates the Great War
Exhibition 'Exodus. Fleeing the war'
• From 21 May 2014 to 31 December 2015
• MAS Boulevard
• Free entry
The exhibition’s accompanying texts were included in ‘Wegwijs in het MAS’. A free copy is available at the ticket counter.
• Longer opening hours until 31 October 2014: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to midnight
• From 1 November 2014 to 31 March 2015: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Tours for individual visitors
• MAS on Sunday offers a tour of the exhibitions Exodus and Small Wars on Sunday May 25, June 15, July 6 and 27 from 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Prices start at 3 euro per person.
• The themed tour on Thursday evenings June 26 and July 31 at 7 p.m. focus on Exodus and Small Wars. Prices start at 5 euro per person. You can also visit the exhibition without a guide (1 euro per person).
Tours for groups
Antwerp commemorates the First World War
Antwerp was the capital of Belgium for a short while in 1914. It was a last beacon of hope for a population that was fleeing and a country on a war footing. One hundred years later the Centre for Peace has planned a commemoration programme with more than 50 partners. A unique and human story of refugees, art and a pontoon bridge over the Scheldt River.
All information on www.antwerpen14-18.be