Museum Of Fine Arts Brings Van Eyck To Ghent
Worldwide, only approximately twenty works by Van Eyck have been preserved. Quite exceptionally, at least half of these will travel to Ghent in 2020 for the exhibition 'Van Eyck. An optical revolution' at the Museum of Fine Arts (MSK). In what promises to be an unmissable, tour de force of an exhibition, the world of Van Eyck and his revolutionary gaze will be brought to life like never before. The museum aims to attract 250.000 visitors to the event, and is today giving a first peek into some of the coming highlights.
The centrepieces of the exhibition are the outer panels of 'The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb'. These were restored in the MSK by the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage between 2012 and 2016. In a highly exceptional loan they will return to the museum in 2020, where they'll be united with other works by Van Eyck for the very first time.
To contextualise the optical revolution he inspired, Van Eyck's paintings will be shown alongside some 80 works by his most talented peers from Germany, France, Italy and Spain. 'Van Eyck. An optical revolution' is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and one of the absolute highlights of Ghent's 2020 Van Eyck theme year.
'Van Eyck. An optical revolution' runs from February 1st until. April 30th, 2020 in the MSK. For three months, the museum will be open seven days a week, from 9.30 am to 7 pm and at least once a week even until 11 pm. The museum braces itself to receive around 250,000 visitors during that period. That is why ticket sales start no less than a year in advance.
As of February 1st 2019 everyone can already buy a ticket on www.vaneyck2020.be. Fast deciders are encouraged with an early bird discount, specific timeslots are reserved for schools and guided visits, and exclusive nocturnes offer more intimate opportunities to enjoy the exhibition followed by a reception or walking dinner. The MSK wants to give everyone the chance to be part of the experience in the way they prefer. But be sure to decide on time!