A theme year
In 2020, Ghent and Flanders are honouring their great Flemish Master, with a theme year in the city, a new visitors centre for the Ghent Altarpiece, and a large-scale tourstic Flemish Masters programme.
During the theme year ‘OMG! Van Eyck was here’, the city will reveal how Van Eyck has left his mark on Ghent, six centuries on. We must not forget that the Ghent Altarpiece is so much more than a piece of world heritage. It is a living icon that continues to fascinate and inspire. Van Eyck’s legacy permeates the city and forms part of its DNA. Generation after generation, Van Eyck continues to inspire new masters, whose works we are proudly putting in the spotlight in 2020. Visual arts, theatre, dance, design, fashion, gastronomy, music and even shopping … For a whole year, everything in the city will bask in the glow of Van Eyck and his impressive masterpiece. Come to Ghent. Van Eyck was here. And will be here to stay. Will you?
A new visitors centre
Furthermore, later in 2020 a new visitors’ centre will open its doors at St Bavo’s Cathedral. A combination of original art treasures and modern presentation techniques will be used to highlight the story behind the centuries’ old polyptych made by the van Eyck brothers and the multiple messages conveyed by the ‘Ghent Altarpiece’.
The Flemish Masters programme
Visit Flanders supports both the exhibition and the new visitor center in St. Bavo’s Cathedral as a project within the Flemish Masters programme. With this programme around Rubens, Bruegel and Van Eyck, Visit Flanders and its partners want to bring 3 million cultural added value seekers from all over the world to Flanders.