There is no lack of culture and heritage in Limburg. From mining history that had a great influence on our landscapes to Belgium's first town, or fascinating works of art installed in the open space, ... Ready for a good dose of culture?

illuminated shafttowers C-mine in Genk

Limburg's mining heritage

No period has influenced Limburg to the extent that the mining era did. And nowhere else in Flanders will you find as much mining heritage as in our region. Today the mining sites of yesteryear have become interesting places that have been reinterpreted with respect for the past.
>> View the mining sites

monastery garden at the Teseum in Tongeren

Belgium's oldest town

Tongeren already existed in the time of the Romans. Even today, you can see many remnants of that rich history in the street scene of Belgium's first town. Get ready for a day trip and step back in time.
>> Visit Tongeren

Twijfelgrens, art in the open space in Borgloon

Art in the open space

Does art only belong in a museum? Not in Limburg. Here, you can spot art even in nature. And the artworks in the open space give an extra dimension to the landscape.
>> View all art in the open space

Halen - © Luc Daelemans

Small stories in a Great War

The First World War also had an enormous impact in Limburg. It may not be the big stories from the front line, but just the small stories from a Great War that leave a big impression.
>> Listen to the little stories



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Tree of Life - Mark Dion - Tree of Life - Mark Dion
foto Boumediene Belbachir

Tree of Life - Mark Dion

Mark Dion honours Herbricht with new work for Art on the Meuse
The first international artist for the Art on the Meuse (Kunst aan de Maas) project has been announced. American artist Mark Dion has createed a tree of life for the municipality of Lanaken, with animals and objects of relevance to the surrounding area. The target date for completion is 30 June 2022 at the earliest. Also on display is the very first work by Benjamin Verdonck, which can be admired at the Boyen chapel in Dilsen-Stokkem.

Lanaken welcomes Mark Dion
Conceptual artist Mark Dion (New Bedford, Massachusetts, 1961) is bringing years of experience with him to the Meuse Valley. He gained international acclaim for his examination of ecological issues and the perception of nature.

Dion’s work was a deliberate choice by the artistic committee. It aligns with the heart of the project and complements the river landscape in and around Herbricht, which is defined by the Meuse Valley and the Meuse river. During last year’s floods, the area was literally transformed into a refuge for animals. This makes Dion’s Tree of Life even more symbolic.

Dion accepted the invitation and sketched an impressive eight-metre-tall sculpture; a tree of life for animals, insects and objects from the surrounding area. The tree is rich in symbolism yet can be freely interpreted by viewers. It can be seen as an evolutionary family tree, a mythological tree of life that connects heaven, earth and the underworld, or something else entirely. When deciding which animals and insects to include, Dion researched the species that once lived in the Meuse Valley, from ancient sturgeon and the famous Mosasaurus to species that still live here today, like the beaver and the iconic Konik horse. They are all of natural and symbolic value to the area and some even feature in local folklore. Viewers are free to interpret the relationship between these animals.
Composite Presence - Z33 - Composite Presence
Bovenbouw Architectuur

Composite Presence

In 2021, Composite Presence was on show at the Venice Architecture Biennale. The presentation by Bovenbouw Architectuur was very well received there and is now coming to Belgium for the first time. In Z33, a life-size model of fifty buildings exposes the friction between city and architecture.

The Flemish city
How do we design the city together? That question was the starting point for Bovenbouw Architectuur for this exhibition. Visitors walk through a fictional, but at the same time very recognisable Flemish urban environment. The model landscape shows the unique relationship between city and architecture in Flanders and Brussels. It especially emphasises the complexity of that relationship. The fifty projects are brought together in a jumble of historical, classical and modern buildings. Each has its own interpretation, function and idea of architecture. From churches and social housing to primary schools: they seem to have been plucked out of a random Flemish city.

Source of inspiration
Despite their differences, they stand side by side in harmony. Together, the buildings create a varied landscape, where a lot is possible and allowed. Yet they are consistent in all their diversity: the entire scene does not look messy or chaotic, but rich, hybrid and diverse. The staged landscape mainly shows how historical layers, formal particularities and unforeseen collisions are an endless source of inspiration for contemporary architecture.

Fertile soil
Internationally, the high quality of architecture in Flanders and Brussels is appreciated. Where we once bore the name ugliest country, there is now fertile ground for various architectural projects. This is the result of a longstanding policy with attention to quality chambers and public tenders.

Curator: Bovenbouw Architectuur