Opened to the public in March 2009, after several years of work, the Grand Curtius, which is located in the historic heart of Liège and on the banks of the Meuse river, is one of the major hubs for museums in Liège. This museum site – which was built around a Mosan Renaissance building, constructed at the end of the 16th century or the beginning of the 17th century for Jean de Corte, known as Curtius, a rich arms and gunpowder dealer – has a total surface area of more than 5000 m² and houses exceptional collections of art and history. The Curtius Palace, which was built with red bricks, Meuse stones and mascarons and is a listed building in Wallonia's exceptional heritage, wears its colours beautifully.
In May 2020, the Grand Curtius is Highlighting this medal portraying Queen Elisabeth, originally intended, during the World War I, to reward anyone who has devoted a year to war reliefs. The medal, with a red cross under the ribbon, was intended especially for health care workers and nurses whose quiet devotion and sacrifice greatly helped to ease the suffering of many sick and wounded.
Strolling through the corridors of the museum, it is hard to imagine the many professions that ensure its daily functioning. This is particularly the case for the restorers whose mission, however essential, is to ensure that the collections are in good condition and to prepare them for exhibition. For the time of an article, Christophe and Audrey invite you to pass through the door of their workshop and discover a little more about this work, usually carried out behind closed doors.