The exhibition “Cloistered World, Open Books” was one of the three major exhibitions in Bruges when the city was European Cultural Capital in 2002.
Its subject was threefold: the architecture of the building, modern art and the original manuscript collection of the Ten Duinen Abbey (founded in 1128 in Koksijde and moved to Bruges in the 17th century). This collection had been dispersed over several countries over time and a substantial part was brought together again in the original premises in Bruges for this exhibition. The Abbey is now a seminary school for catholic priests.
We were involved in all aspects of preventive and remedial conservation of the manuscripts for more than a year before the opening of the exhibition. We were involved in external loans, showcase design, exhibition conditions and lighting, designing book cradles and supervising their manufacture, fire and theft security, disaster planning, staff training, handling and transport, minimal remedial conservation, mounting the exhibition and all other aspects concerning preventive conservation.
The publication in the last picture is a regular edition of Openbaar Kunstbezit Vlaanderen dedicated to the exhibtion