Van Eyck: An Optical Revolution

Van Eyck: An Optical Revolution

Exhibition: 1 February – 30 April 2020

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.