MAS Museum Tells the Story of the History of Exchanges Between Antwerp and the World

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ANTWERP (AP).- One of the world’s great port cities has long been known for its heady mix of grit, refinement and bravado. On Friday, it will have a museum to match. Built on the docks of a once-derelict neighborhood, the MAS museum hosts homegrown treasures and those that tall ships brought in from around the globe for centuries. And the audacious, sandstone-and-glass tower has already turned into a 65-meter tall exclamation mark shows Antwerp has lost none of its swagger. “We are in a beautiful shrine,” said MAS museum director Carl Depauw. “It has turned into an absolute icon for the city.” Looking at the tower, seemingly made of three layers of rusty-red boxes floating on airy voids in between, it’s difficult to disagree. Willem Jan Neutelings of the Neutelings Riedijk Architecten firm which designed the MAS calls it his “stone sculpture.” Antwerp hopes the MAS museum, in the ‘t Eilandje district, will