The Mundaneum was created in Brussels (capital of Europe, Belgium) at the beginning of the 20th century by Paul Otlet and Nobel Peace Prize winner Henri La Fontaine. It used to be an international documentation Centre aimed at gathering, indexing and sharing the universal knowledge.
Today the Mundaneum is a non-profit organization situated in the heart of Mons, 2015 European Capital of Culture. The Mundaneum offers original exhibits aiming to show the vast collections of its archive Centre. The themes of the exhibitions resonate with the great themes of the institution since its creation (knowledge, peace, citizenship, democracy…), and fall into a constant dialogue between history and perspective.
Place for debates, each of the Mundaneum’s exhibitions is supported by a cycle of thematic activities including conferences and colloquiums. All the exhibitions proposed by the Mundaneum are subject to a significant pedagogical mediation. With an aim of accessibility, the Mundaneum opens its doors free of charge every first Wednesday of the month during the exhibition period and adheres to the Belgian “Article 27” network.
(Picture : Frédéric Raevens)