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When Walls Talk - Public Opening

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Adults, Young adults, Children age 6-12, Families
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Dutch, English, French

On Saturday 30 April, the House of European History opens its new temporary exhibition "When Walls Talk" to the public. This exhibition aims to reflect European history through posters from the last 100 years, in a way that raises awareness about the multiplicity of perspectives and interpretations. From the propaganda of the World Wars and the Cold War to the explosion of cultural exchange, tourism and the emergence of multi-voiced social movements after the Second World War, complex layers of European division and unity are revealed through a selection of posters from the collection of the House of European History.

Join us at the museum for a rich programme of activities: a drawing performance by artist, writer and cartoonist Dan Perjovschi, a creative workshop where visitors can design their own poster on a topic they feel is important for Europe, and guided tours in the galleries of the temporary exhibition!


Drawing performance by Dan Perjovschi

12.00 - 18.00

Museum’s first floor

Internationally acclaimed artist, writer and cartoonist Dan Perjovschi will bring to life the museum’s walls through a series of witty, incisive and thought-provoking drawings, reflecting on the topics of the temporary exhibition “When Walls Talk”, as well as on current events and social phenomena. 

Guided tours in the temporary exhibition « When Walls Talk »

Duration: 45 minutes

  • 13.00 (EN, FR, NL)
  • 14.00 (EN, FR, NL)
  • 15.00 (EN, FR, NL)
  • 16.00 (EN, FR, NL)

Creative Workshop: When Walls Talk...and you, what do you have to say?

14.00 - 17.30

Fables Room

Posters function as vehicles to inform, but also educate and even manipulate. They reflect the societal struggles for ideas, power, or wealth and they give a powerful voice to citizens on different social, cultural or political issues. In other words, posters can be agents and witnesses of ideological confrontations in the European history, reflecting the situations of the moment and providing us with a rich record of European stories.

During this workshop, visitors will get the chance to learn about European history through unique posters related to human rights, activism, borders and travel in Europe, arts, sports and cultural events. It will grant them the opportunity to time travel by creating their own posters on a topic they feel is important for the European public sphere.

Image courtesy of Dan Perjovschi