The new collection presentation introduces the visitor to forgotten customs based on extraordinary religious objects that were intended to be both moved and moving. You see the extensive wardrobe and silver accessories of a statue that was carried in procession, but also a house altar, valuable reliquaries and special cultic objects. Often fragile, tactile, precious and the work of skilled craftspeople, each of these intriguing pieces was made to be touched and moved but also to move people spiritually.
Through personal testimonies and historical images, the presentation brings old rituals back to life. At the same time, these historical traditions are juxtaposed with contemporary forms of veneration and worship. And the link with Leuven is never far away: the majority of the exhibited objects come from important churches and historical sites in Leuven.
Among other objects, the presentation includes highlights such as The six masters of the brotherhood of the Blessed Sacrament of Miracle in adoration before the sacrament reliquary (1639), attributed to Wolfgang De Smet, the St. John’s Dish (ca. 1600-25) by Lucas Floquet I (after Dieric Bouts), and the Household altarpiece with the marriage of Anna and Joachim (ca. 1520).
Also see this page on the museum website for a more in-depth description of the collection presentation.