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As the world turns...
The Secret of Silence. The Hidden World of the Carthusians of Roermond
From Friday 27 March 2009 until Sunday 21 June 2009, a special
exhibition will be held in Roermond on Carthusian life in the
Netherlands, highlighting this order from a national and international
perspective. The exhibition will not only pay a lot of attention to the
range of Dutch monasteries, buildings, and their history, but also to
the wealth of art objects and artefacts that were used here throughout
the centuries. Several outstanding works of art from national and
international collections, therefore, will be on display in Roermond
especially for this occasion.
experience these treasures afresh and to do justice to the importance
of Carthusian life in the Netherlands over the past 800 years, there is
not a more suitable venue than the former Carthusian monastery Our Lady
of Bethlehem in Roermond. This complex, now the offices of the diocese
of Roermond, symbolizes the enormous asset the Carthusians have been
for the town of Roermond and its environs, as well as for other Dutch
towns. A leading part here is played by Dionysius of Rijkel
(1402/03-1471), who was a long-time resident of the Roermond monastery
and is probably the most famous Dutch Carthusian.
former Carthusian monastery Our Lady of Bethlehem in Roermond,
therefore, takes pride of place in this exhibition. Its famous Carolus
chapel and cloister, which, throughout the centuries, have been part of
the Carthusian monastery, the Roermond seminary, and the diocese of
Roermond, will now serve as the contemporary backdrop of this
large-scale exhibition for a number of months.
Several events relating to Dutch Carthusian life have been tied in with the exhibition. These include:
international conference in collaboration with the University of
Tilburg, where an array of top-ranking specialists will give lectures
on a variety of aspects of Carthusian life
showing of the impressive film Die Grosse Stille from 2003 by the
German filmmaker Philip Gröning, who has produced an intimate
impression of Carthusian life in the mother monastery in Grenoble
- Interesting pictures and presentations on a variety of topics relating to the Roermond monastery, concerts, and related events
- A genuine scriptorium, where children can learn to write like real medieval Carthusian monks
|Friday 27 March 2009 until Sunday 21 June 2009
|Opening hours:||Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, Easter Monday, Ascension and Whitmonday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
CJP, museumcard 65+ € 6,-