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Van Eyck. An Optical Revolution

“If you love art, you’ll love this show” – BBC
“So unlikely to be repeated that the museum might as well use ‘now or never’” – Wall Street Journal
“ «Die größte Jan van Eyck-Ausstellung, die es je gegeben hat» – das ist nicht gerade ein Understatement” – Die Zeit
“Un moment exceptionnel … Van Eyck comme vous ne le verrez plus jamais” – La Libre

The largest Jan van Eyck exhibition ever

From February 1st until March 12th 2020, the Museum of Fine Arts Ghent (MSK) hosted the largest Jan van Eyck exhibition in history. During these weeks, nearly 130,000 visitors came closer to Van Eyck than was ever possible before, but unfortunately the COVID-19 crisis forced us to close the exhibition earlier.

Only about twenty works of this Flemish master have been preserved worldwide. At least half of them travelled to our museum. They were brought together with work from Van Eyck’s studio and copies of paintings that have since disappeared. But also with more than 100 masterpieces from the late Middle Ages. No less than 13 museum galleries were redesigned for the exhibition.


About the MSK Ghent

The Museum of Fine Arts Ghent (MSK) is the oldest museum in Belgium. In the extensive permanent presentation you’ll discover over 600 masterpieces of European painting and sculpture, from the Middle Ages up to the present, with an important selection of (Belgian) art from the 19th and the first half of the 20th century.

Organisation and collaboration

This exhibition is made possible through the close collaboration with: the Flemish Community — Department of Culture, Youth & Media, the City of Ghent, Visit Flanders, St Bavo’s Cathedral, the Ghent University Art Historical Department, the Henri Pirenne Institute for Medieval Studies at Ghent University, the Flemish Research Centre for the Arts in Burgundian Netherlands, and the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA).

Compilation of the exhibition
Maximiliaan Martens, Till-Holger Borchert, Jan Dumolyn, Johan De Smet en Frederica Van Dam, with the cooperation of Matthias Depoorter

Project leadership
Johan De Smet and Ellen Wyns