NOTICE: Exhibition has closed early due to the coronavirus. Check the museum website for updates.
However, a virtual tour of the exhibition is now available. Visit Flanders and the MSK joined forces with Belgian virtual reality company Poppr, to develop an online 360° virtual tour of the Van Eyck galleries. Thirteen rooms from the exhibition are accessible, allowing you to discover over 120 masterpieces. The website is available in multiple languages and offers high-quality images, readable wall texts, and audio guides for adults and children. The virtual tour is available on virtualtour.vaneyck2020.be
In the meantime, you may also consider consulting the new publication about the restoration: Bart Fransen and Cyriel Stroo, eds., The Ghent Altarpiece. Research and Conservation of the Exterior (Contributions to the Study of the Flemish Primitives, 14). Brussels: Institute for Cultural Heritage, 2020. (see overview by CODART)
In 2020, the Museum of Fine Arts (MSK) in Ghent pays tribute to Jan van Eyck (ca. 1390-1441) with the exhibition ‘Van Eyck. An optical revolution’. Worldwide only approximately twenty works by this artist have been preserved. On this exceptional occasion, a substantial amount of these will travel to Ghent, where they will be shown alongside works by his most talented peers.
Centerpieces of this exhibition are the restored outer panels of ‘The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb,’ part of the campaign which the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK/IRPA) started in the MSK in 2012. Visitors will be able to marvel close-up at the spectacular result of the restoration, and witness the panels in direct dialogue with Van Eyck’s other works of art. This provides the opportunity to re-evaluate his art and its historical context.
To make Van Eyck’s optical revolution come to life, his paintings will furthermore be exhibited next to works by his most talented peers from Germany, France, Italy and Spain. They too moved in exalted circles and received prestigious commissions. By presenting these pieces alongside one another, the Ghent exhibition zooms in on their artistic differences and similarities.
For more information, see the exhibition website.
[From www.vaneyck2020.be and codart.nl]