External Cultural Activities
The activities of the Foundation are not restricted solely to the Hamel estate. The Foundation also intends to participate in cultural events taking place in other locations. This may take the form of participation in the organisation of permanent exhibitions for example. The Foundation has opted for a strategy that involves setting up durable and privileged partnerships. One example of this is the partnership with Musea Maaseik, which is the privileged Limburg partner of the Foundation.
In 2005, an offer was put forward to the Museactron of Maaseik for
the purchase of a 17th century painting representing the Seven Works
of Mercy. The proprietor had the work valued by Christie’s
of London, who advised splitting up the different elements of the piece
and selling each of the seven scenes separately. Thanks to the financial
intervention of the Foundation it was possible to save the work and
keep it in Belgium. After restoration work to be carried out in a well
renowned studio in Maastricht, the piece will be put on show in the
Apotheekmuseum in Maaseik. The Foundation is also sponsoring the restoration
of this museum which is housed in the oldest pharmacy in the country.
As a token of its gratitude, the town of Maaseik has decided to name
the large auditorium of the convent of Récollets, ‘Aula