Expo ‘The Second Life of Musical Instruments’

Exhibition ‘The Second Life of Musical Instruments’

Can a musical instrument change the world?

That is the question that the exhibition “The Second Life of Musical Instruments” attempts to answer. Based on the projects of the non-profit organization Music Fund, it examines the history and construction of musical instruments, as well as the undeniable social role they have played everywhere. Because more than just an object, a musical instrument is a custodian of memory and a vector of change. It builds bridges between people and can enhance the lives of each of us.

The ocarina, Indian sitar, harp-banjo, mbira, French horn and a Homer Simpson guitar are all featured in this original exhibition. In this expo showcasing the work of Music Fund, you can take a closer look at these, sometimes atypical, musical instruments.

Music Fund is a Belgian non-profit organization that supports music schools and socio-artistic projects in the DRC, Haiti, Mozambique, Morocco and Palestine. In these areas that deal with conflict and poverty, Music Fund tries to give young people the opportunity to practice music in appropriate conditions. Music Fund aims to strengthen the sustainability of its partners’ projects by improving their access to musical instruments. The association also aims to establish a local network of musical instrument repairers, develop their technical capacities and provide them with the necessary infrastructure and instruments to carry out their work.

The exhibition “The Second Life of Musical Instruments” is a joint initiative of Music Fund and the Famenne & Art Museum in Marche-en-Famenne, where it was on display from September 2022 to March 2023. In the fall of 2023, Maison de la Création (Brussels) will in turn host the exhibition at the Bockstael Square.

Some musical instruments that were on display in Marche-en-Famenne will soon be restored and sent to Music Fund projects abroad, and will thus be replaced by other instruments in the Brussels exhibition.

Languages: Dutch, French

September 15, 2022 – March 5, 2023: Famenne & Art Museum, Marche-en-Famenne (see press release about the exhibition)
September – December 2023: Maison de la Création, Brussels (Place Bockstael, Laeken)