Bouddha Shakyamuni, Japon prefecture d'Ibaraki, Yuki, 1705, Bronze, legs Warocque? 1917

Discover the Buddha Within: A Journey at Mariemont Museum

The Royal Museum of Mariemont invites you to immerse yourself in the captivating world of Buddhism with its new exhibition, “Buddha: The Experience of Sensibility.” Running from September 21, 2024, to April 20, 2025, this exhibition offers a profound exploration of the multiple representations of Buddha, his pantheon, and rituals through an innovative and participative scenography.


For many in the Western world, Buddha is often seen as a symbol of tranquility or an exotic decoration. But how much do we truly understand about this iconic figure and the spiritual significance behind his images? This exhibition seeks to answer these questions, inviting visitors to engage with the art in a deeply sensory manner.

Arhat, Japon 19e de?but 20e, Gres de Bizen, legs Warocque? 1917 (c)

Featuring nearly a hundred pieces from Mariemont’s extensive collections, “Buddha: The Experience of Sensibility” showcases works from across Asia, including India, China, Japan, Myanmar, Thailand, and the Himalayas. The diversity of materials, from bronze and ivory to wood and lapis lazuli, underscores the rich cultural tapestry and spiritual depth of Buddhist art.

Maitreya couronne, Chine 17e, Bronze traces de dorure, legs Warocque?

Many of these treasures have been hidden from public view for decades, some not seen since the devastating fire at the Château de Mariemont in 1960. Restored especially for this exhibition, these pieces now emerge to tell their stories. Highlights include intricate thangkas (Buddhist paintings) from the Léon Verbert collection, on loan from the Royal Museums of Art and History.


Mandala d’Akshobhya, Tibet central, milieu 19e, Detrempe sur toile, Collection Verbert (c) ImageStudio Muse?e Royaux d’Art et Histoire, Bruxelles.

The exhibition is more than a visual feast; it’s an invitation to connect. Visitors can interact with the exhibits by making an origami offering or reflecting on Buddhist practices in a serene, sanctuary-like setting.

“Buddha: The Experience of Sensibility” offers a unique encounter with Buddhist art, blending history, artistry, and spirituality. This is a rare opportunity to explore the serene and sacred treasures of Mariemont Museum.

Royal Museum of Mariemont, Chaussée de Mariemont, 100 – 7140 Morlanwelz Belgique

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