Coming from Belgium, one has to cross the border to visit Lille in Northern France of course but even so I assume that most visitors from Belgium do not experience the international travel feeling that goes with going abroad.
The Palais des Beaux-Arts in Lille is showing BABEL, a contemporary exhibition on the theme of the most famous of architectural allegories in art history : the Tower of Babel. BABEL features a set of paintings, photographs, sculptures, installations, films and original comic strips illustrating the many facets of the Babel myth in contemporary art. In keeping with the Bible story, the selection addresses the building and destruction of the Tower as well as its symbolic aspect. From German painter Anselm Kiefer through to British artists Jake and Dinos Chapman, the allegories illustrate the episodes in Genesis that resonate with our world as we know it.
In an adjacent room is a model of Ypres where some of the most important battles of WWI took place.