Current exhibitions

The Ghent Altarpiece revealed !

02.10.201231.12.2017

The restoration of the ‘Lamb of God’ altarpiece is a unique project. An important exhibition is...

Restoration / Revelation - The exterior wings of the Ghent Altarpiece

12.10.201628.05.2017

In 2012 the restorers of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA, Brussels) started...

The monumental setting of this unique exhibition space and its highly distinctive light effect create an atmosphere that makes every visit an unforgettable experience.

Future exhibitions

At this moment there are no future exhibitions present in the system.

Past exhibitions

Today’s world is the product of the late Middle Ages. In what is now called ‘Flanders’, a new man now enters the stage. A practical man, an enterprising man. A critical man, who is no longer satisfied with what the church and nobility wants him to believe. This enterprising man wants to see and believe things for himself. He wants to discover a world, create, produce and innovate. In order to become rich.

But where there’s money, sin is never far away. Greed, gluttony, lust and laziness stand between the enterprising man and his place in heaven. Yet, in a world where everything is for sale, one can also invest in the hereafter. The enterprising man exchanges gold for indulgences and relics, venerates images — and falls down. Yet the Eighty Years’ War was no more than a temporary obstacle, because the spirit of enterprise lives on triumphantly up until the present day.

The central panel of the Ghent Altarpiece is sumptuously decorated with plants and flowers. Visitors are struck by the diversity and realism, with which the Van Eyck brothers painted this flora and fauna.

As a missionary working among the Indians of the Columbia Plateau and the Plains, Jesuit Pieter Jan De Smet (Dendermonde 1801—Saint Louis 1873) was a privileged witness to an important phase in the history of the development of the United States of America.

This double exhibition gives an impression of the vibrant cinema culture of the past century and focuses on this unique yet underexposed cultural heritage, both in the city of Ghent and overseas in American society.

There is no exact information about the music being performed on the panels of the Ghent Altarpiece. It might be music that we have never heard, such as angels singing, celestial sounds or mystical music.

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