Current exhibitions

Traject André Heye

15.12.201718.02.2018

Dit jaareinde brengen we een overzichtstentoonstelling van de Waaslandse kunstenaar André Heye...

Caermersklooster wordt nieuw platform voor beeldende kunsten

12.01.201805.03.2018

De Stad Gent is op zoek naar een partner voor de artistieke exploitatie van het...

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

One in seven Belgians live in poverty. Living life against the wind, as the awful reality is blown into every nook and cranny of your life, time and again. Poverty is always there, never quite forgotten.

ROOTED takes a fresh look at one of the major turning points in the art history of Flanders, from around 1880 to 1930. It brings together an exceptional selection of masterpieces, many of them privately owned, by the most radical and influential painters of the period.

In 2012 the restorers of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA, Brussels) started treatment of the Ghent Altarpiece by the Van Eyck brothers.

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.