EXHIBITION 'THE GERMAN NEGATIVES'
The artistic heritage in West Flanders photographed by the occupiers.
In the final two years of the First World War, Belgian cultural heritage was the subject of an exceptional project. A group of around thirty German art historians, photographers and architects traversed occupied Belgium to photograph the principal monuments on Belgian soil. Between the summer of 1917 and the autumn of 1918, they made over 10,000 beautiful shots of Belgian churches, beguinages, castles, mansions, memorials, interiors and works of art. In 1927, the Belgian State managed to purchase the entire collection of photographic glass plates. They are now owned by the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage.
In Raversyde, we display the most striking photographs of heritage in Bruges and the rest of West Flanders, most of which have never been shown to the public before. At other locations in Belgium, you will be able to discover other images from the same series this summer.
Org.: Raversyde i.s.m. IRPA/KIK (Koninklijk Instituut voor het Kunstpatrimonium), gidsenkring De Lange Nelle & de Nationale Loterij