This temporary exhibition is part of the Phoenix project that turns the spotlight on the reconstruction of war-torn West Flanders after WWI. It is a story of people, searching to build a new future, one step at a time. On the market square in Diksmuide, you can already get a taste of what is to come in a limited outdoor exhibition.
In the cellar of the town hall you will meet three historical figures, in whose footsteps you will quite literally follow. Via an audio wall you will learn about the world in which they lived and the difficulties they faced in 1919. A limited number of personal objects in display cases will draw you deeper into their story.
After viewing the paintings made by Van Sassenbrouck in 1919, a series of authentic images, facts and figures will highlight how people gradually saw their town get back on its feet. Next, you will enter a room with a carpet showing present-day Diksmuide. Here you will also find a touchscreen table that allows you to call up comparison photos of the entire town centre, with detailed images of the situation before (=1919) and after (=1923) the reconstruction. After taking a photo of you own in the selfie corner, you will move on into an immersive space with 360° projections.
Finally, the three historical figures will complete their stories, telling how their town and their lives slowly but surely took on a new shape and form.