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OMG! Van Eyck was here!

Gepost door The Hide op 21-02-2020

During the entire year 2020, Ghent will be hosting ‘’OMG! Van Eyck was here!” paying tribute to Jan Van Eyck, the Flemish Master Painter, who is forever connected to the city of Ghent, thanks to his well-known masterpiece; the Ghent Alterpiece.

It’s going to be a year full of interesting activities and events. To make sure you don’t miss out on them, we gladly present you with our personal highlights!

Van Eyck. An optical revolution – 01/02/2020 – 30/04/2020

We kicked of the festivities this year at the Museum of Fine Arts (or MSK if you please) with the exhibition “Van Eyck. An optical revolution”. We had the pleasure of visiting the exposition with the Ghent Hotel Association and it’s absolutely a must see for both tourists and locals alike. Did you know that only twenty works were preserved in modern times worldwide? Half of them will come on a little citytrip to Ghent for the audience to enjoy. The exhibition also offers an interesting understanding of the importance of the Low Countries in the Late Middle Ages as a creative breeding ground for artists and craftsmen. If you would like to visit, we suggest you buy your tickets online, not only are they cheaper, but you can immediately check the available timeslots.

Picture by MSK © Lukasweb.be-Art in Flanders vzw, foto KIK-IRPA

Lights On Van Eyck – 28/03/2020 – 01/11/2020

If you are into multimedia art, music and light projections, “Lights On Van Eyck” at the St Nicholas’ Church at the Korenmarkt will be something for you! During half an hour a digital and musical reinterpretation of the Ghent Alterpiece will take you on a magical journey!

Kleureyck: Van Eyck’s Colours in Design – 13/03/2020 – 06/09/2020

The Ghent alterpiece is famous for it’s unique and intense colours, which were restored in it’s full glory during the latest renovation. What is the origin of colour? How do you create colour? What is the impact of colour? “Kleureyck: Van Eyck’s Colours in Design” at the Design Museum Ghent gladly answers all these questions. When you stroll through the 8 colour groups of Van Eyck during the pigment walk you will get a better understanding about all these aspects. Over 100 design pieces demonstrate how light, matter and patterns have their effect on colour.

Picture by Design Museum Gent

OMG! Seven Senses Tour – 30/04/2020 – 31/10/2020

The “Seven Senses Tour” isn’t like any other citywalking tour! You will discover the city through the eyes of Jan Van Eyck using all your senses to the fullest. The enthousiastic city guides will introduce you to many amazing historical gems like the Kruideniershuis, Vrijseschippershuis and the Castle of Gerard the Devil. After that you will get the chance to navigate through Ghent’s waterways and experience a display of digital projections in the tunnel under François Laurentplein square. During the Seven Senses Tour, you will also come across some wonderful pieces of street art. And on top of all of that the host will take you to several local artisans to try some yummy delicacies. So rest assured, your taste buds will be jumping for joy too!

Pictures by Visit Gent

Let’s talk about the Ghent Alterpiece! – Opening 08/10/2020

And last… but definitely not least! We are super excited that The St Bavo’s Cathedral, the home of the Ghent Alterpiece, is getting a new visitor’s center. Here you will be able to admire all the restored panels and other wonderful pieces of art. With the help of augmented reality you will be transported back in time to the workshop of Van Eyck and experience the turbulent history of the Alterpiece and the cathedral as if you were there yourself!

Picture by Sint-Baafskathedraal Gent © Lukasweb.be-Art in Flanders vzw, foto KIK-IRPA


‘OMG! Van Eyck was here!” is so much more! Check out the Visit Gent website to indulge yourself into the full program or visit them at the Tourist Information Center to get your hands on a paper copy of the programme!
































The Hide

21 February 2020


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