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2022: Women of China. A 20th century journey



One in five women in the world is Chinese.

Yet no exhibition has been devoted to them until now.





Exhibition from: April 02, 2022 - October 23, 2022. The exhibition will be held in the room called "salle carrée" on floor -1 of the Museum.  

Adress : 100 chaussée de Mariemont, 7140 Morlanwelz, Belgique


Les femmes portent la moitié du ciel sur leurs épaules, affiche de propagande, Chine, 1974 (c) Musée départemental des Arts asiatiques, Nice
Robe de femme, Chine, fin 19e siècle (c) Musée royal de Mariemont

About the exhibition 

In 2022, the Royal Museum of Mariemont is reviving a strong part of its identity - Asian art and civilisation - and offering a new look at China. Chinese Women. A modern adventure takes you on an original journey to discover Chinese women during the most tormented century in Chinese history, between wars and revolutions, the 20th century. As a true social fresco, the exhibition traces the evolution of this female adventure: working woman, fighting woman, model woman...  In the end, it offers a renewed portrait of the modern woman, far from the stereotypes inherited from the end of the 19th century. 


Using authentic objects (dresses, jewellery, puppets, etc.) and visual and audio documents, the visitor will discover the daily life of the female population, as well as the heroines vulgarised in literature and cinema. The tour includes rarely exhibited pieces, loans from seven Belgian and French institutions, as well as the Jasmine Sour collection of propaganda posters, presented for the first time to the public. 


The Chinese woman questions the cultural, political and societal forces that shape our lives and provide us with an insight into our contemporary society.

Partnership with the Mundaneum

Presenting common questions, the Royal Museum of Mariemont has joined forces with the Mundaneum Mons for its exhibition "Portraits of Women. Stories for a History" (March 31, 2022 - November 20, 2022). The two exhibitions thus present a cross-section of the status of women in the 20th century

From the shadows to the light... the exhibition "Women's portraits. Stories for a history" highlights women who are invisible in history. Anonymous women, heroines, fighters, artists, visionaries... all these stories tell the story of Belgian women on their way to emancipation and to the conquest of their rights. More info

The Royal Museum of Mariemont welcomes you from 10am to 6pm. Our doors will be open every day, except on Mondays.

The Park is open from 8am to 7pm every day.

Tel. : +32(0)64 21 21 93

E-mail : info(at)



ATTENTION - 16.09.2023 - Our lift is currently out of order. We are working as quickly as possible to repair it. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.



The restaurant "The Terrace of Mariemont" is open, upon reservation.


The Library is open upon reservation.


The "Atelier du Livre" organizes workshops. Discover its program on our website.


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