Microtopping as the background for ancient treasures of Teseum Museum in Tongeren


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The Basilica of Tongeren is one of Belgium’s largest and richest churches with the largest collection of religious relics dating from the sixth to the twentieth century.

All the Basilica’s gold and collections are contained in theTeseum, an exhibition that opened in June, characterised by a modern setting created by designers Bailleul Ontwerpbureau and design architect Chris van Brussel from the architectural studio Michel Janssen.

To contrast with the gold and the lustre of the works in the museum, Microtopping was chosen as a finish coating for the walls and corridors. Microtopping’s neutrality enhances the splendour and treasures in the building.

“It was a great honour to participate in a historic and artistic project of this magnitude”, says Ronny Wuyts, CEO of Texture Painting, the company which applied the Microtopping. “We used Microtopping because it gave us the opportunity to create a uniform surface without joints and with a natural effect able to enhance the beauty of what is exhibited”.

This choice confirms Microtopping’s great versatility. Normally used in minimalistic and contemporary contexts, it also lends itself well to historical and traditional spaces, where integration happens naturally. The absence of joints and the tactile effect enhance museums and exhibition areas to the full.

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