(Un)worldly. Images of seclusion and liberation’ exhibition

‘‘(Un)worldly. Images of Seclusion and Liberation’ exhibition, brings religious art out of the private world of Flemish monasteries and abbeys and shows it to the general public for the very first time. It explores the meaning of seclusion in religious life.

What drives a person to retreat into a closed monastic community and to live by strict rules? This exhibition takes you on a journey through the world of monks and nuns, recluses, and hermits..

(Un)worldly reveals never-before-seen art treasures of Flemish churches, monasteries and abbeys and shows them next to new and existing work of Mario De Brabandere, Marlene Dumas & Ann Veronica Janssens.

You go in search for answers to existential questions that are as meaningful today as they were centuries ago.


Dialogue museum for religion, art, and culture

Dialogue museum PARCUM offers temporary thematic exhibitions at the crossroads of religion, art, and culture by showcasing never-before-seen heritage pieces from churches, abbeys and monasteries.

PARCUM pays attention to the interaction between contemporary themes and religious heritage, between believers and non-believers, between different denominations and ideologies, between young people and elderly people.

Practical info

Individual visitors:

Friday (during the exhibition + from April to September): 2 p.m. Not on public holidays

  • Tuesday to Sunday: 10 AM to 5 PM
    Closed on Mondays and public holidays
  • Price: 10 euro (various discounts possible). Order your tickets online!

Guided tours for individual visitors:

  • Sunday 29.10, 26.11, 17.12, 21.01 & 18.02: 11 AM
    Attention: you are expected at reception at 10.45 a.m. at the latest
  • Price: 3 euro for the guide + admission PARCUM

Guided tours for groups:

Online tickets (available soon)

    • Exhibition visit
      • Duration: one and a half hours
      • Price: 70 euros for the guide + admission PARCUM
    • Exhibition visit + abbey
      • Duration: one and a half hours + half an hour
      • Price: 90 euros for the guide + admission PARCUM


Abdij van Park 7
3001 Leuven