DIVA, a growing diamond
DIVA has found its position in the heart of Antwerp and its old diamond district. The museum plays at its strengths to make this building an international top museum. It's working with international top performers like Gert Voorjans and Frank Van Laecke for the scenography, and with the internationally renowned company Bruns for the execution of the designs. DIVA is planning an ambitious exhibition program for the coming years. On Monday September 4th, DIVA celebrated the cultural cooperation with the Shanghai Diamond Exchange, which will be substantial to achieve these ambitions. In summary, DIVA will become a brilliant museum, in all its facets. DIVA is vintage "Cut in Antwerp": it's firmly committed to groundbreaking craftsmanship, an international perspective and contemporary creative talent.
Brilliant permanent collection
On May 4th 2018, the doors will open to the public with a flashing opening party. Big names like Gert Voorjans and Frank Van Laecke work on the concept of DIVA and the realization of the six rooms in DIVA's house. Here she presents the highlights of her collection, fascinating objects (together about 500) and surprising stories in a unique and attractive way for the general public.
From October 1st 2017, Bruns also starts with the fitting of the interior of the Suikerrui section of the museum. From 7 December 2017, everyone is welcome to buy tickets and visit the brand new museum shop.
A lot of prestigious exhibitions are being developed by DIVAs team. In the autumn of 2018, the first temporary Room of Wonder opens, shaped by world-renowned art and antiques dealer Axel Vervoordt. In 2019 DIVA will host a “British Summer “ in collaboration with the V&A Museum, UK's largest museum on applied arts. Many more plans will be unveiled in time…
Brilliant international partner
On Monday September 4th 2017, DIVA formalized its cooperation with a major international partner: the Shanghai Diamond Exchange. This cultural collaboration is important for the diamond trade, for Antwerp and its visitors in Flanders and China.
Between January 8th and March 30th 2018, DIVA, in collaboration with SDE, will present a set of her most brilliant objects in two locations in China. The first venue will be the Baoku Art Center in Shanghai and the second venue will be in Shenzhen. From April 1st DIVA's collection will be transported back to Antwerp to get its final place in the museum.
The agreement also includes the creation of a prestigious international award for luxury design and fashion. In this way, DIVA and SDE want to reward and encourage creativity, innovation and the life-work of top designers. It will put Flanders on the map as an important player in design and luxury.
Finally, DIVA and SDE agreed to organize large international exhibitions, which will be presented in both countries. The expertise of DIVAs team and museums in China will be fully deployed to create projects of great quality. The agreement with the SDE offers the opportunity to invest new funds for the development of major international exhibitions. As the interest in cultural heritage from Flanders is big in China, the cooperation can bring this heritage to China. And with this collaboration the rich cultures from China can be brought to the public in Antwerp and emphasize its age-old trade relations.
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