Hidden Heritage

Discovering the hidden treasures of our heritage

The “Hidden Heritage” exhibition presents 65 photographs by Georges De Kinder, taken for ORIGIN over the course of a ten-year business relationship with the company. ORIGIN has specialised in restoring architectural heritage for the past 15 years. This is a rare opportunity to discover listed monuments and sites which are otherwise not accessible to the public, for example the bowels of the Atomium or the Grand Masonic Temple on Rue du Persil/Peterseliestraat. Sometimes, the buildings are so perfectly integrated in the urban landscape that we forget that they are actually listed and restored monuments, like the government-assisted housing of Ieder Zijn Huis in Evere and the Cité Moderne in Ganshoren, or the funeral galleries of the cemeteries of Molenbeek-Saint-Jean/Sint-Jans-Molenbeek and Laeken/Laken. On other photos we can see behind the scenes of public buildings such as Forest/Vorst Town Hall, the former Laeken/Laken Town Hall or the Lycée Émile Jacqmain, in Parc Léopold/Leopoldspark. Finally, there are the must-sees, the perennial favourites: the spire of Brussels Town Hall and the Royal Theatre of la Monnaie/de Munt.

Georges De Kinder’s photos show the great diversity found in the region’s heritage and in restoration activities, in particular by way of before-and-after shots and worksite photos. The exhibition is also an expression of love for the professions in questions, so not only the activity of photographer but also that of heritage architect, restorer and craftsman.

Exhibition with free admission from 15 August to 18 October 2016, every day from 10h00 to 18h00, in the cellars of Halles Saint-Géry/Sint-Gorikshallen, Place Saint-Géry/Sint-Goriksplein, Brussels.