We cannot answer the question ‘what is art?’. But if you were to ask ‘where is art?’, then our answer is ‘in Ghent!’. In Ghent, art can be found outdoors and indoors, whether it’s official or unofficial, large or small, loud or quiet. In Ghent’s museums, you will be immersed in art on a variety of topics, from Flemish Masters and science to psychiatry or industry. Art in Ghent is aimed at the whole family, with activities that also excite children. And events such as the Light Festival, the street art festival ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ or the Museum Night add on to the artsy vibes in the city.

  • Van Eyck: seeing is believing

    How can mortals ever truly perceive God? This is a theological discussion people had been having for centuries in Van Eyck’s time. The artist himself attempted to answer this question through his art. He had a vision like no other and converted it into in oil paintings. But before we talk about this in more detail, we need to talk about something else first. Ghentians of that time never saw the Ghent Altarpiece the way we do today.
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  • A new exhibition space for the Ghent Altarpiece

    Since 2021, the Ghent Altarpiece has been displayed at a new location in the cathedral. This is the third time the painting has been given a new spot. We were pretty nervous about this relocation, but after centuries, the work can once again be seen in its original splendour.
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  • The invisible new structure of St Bavo’s Cathedral

    My visiting card says ‘Senior Project Manager’ at Bressers Architecten, but it might as well have been ‘site manager’ or ‘full-time meeting participant’. The construction of the visitor centre inside St Bavo's Cathedral cost us a lot of time and effort — but it was well worthwhile for such a masterpiece.
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  • Ghent’s street art scene is a fascinating melting pot

    Ghent owes its flourishing street art scene to generations of artists rebelliously doing their thing, often in empty properties. Today, Ghent’s legal graffiti circuit is also alive and kicking, allowing every type of artist to seize their opportunity.
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