The Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art (S.M.A.K.) will be displaying new artworks that have been added to the museum’s collection after the global pandemic, thanks to the support from the Flemish Community. Museums and artists were dealt a significant financial blow during that time, as they could not exhibit any artworks due to the restrictions in place.

In 2021, the Flemish Community made € 3.75 million available to acquire artworks by contemporary artists to make up for this loss. This investment was a welcome support for many artists and also created a substantial boost for the Flemish contemporary art collection. 

A 12-member committee, composed of representatives from various Flemish museums of contemporary art, used these funds to acquire 256 artworks. These works were distributed among various Flemish museums, and 42 of them found their way to the Municipal Museum of Art (S.M.A.K.) in Ghent. In the Motel Corona exhibition, named after Liliane Vertessen’s 1994 work of the same name, we will present a selection of these artworks. 

The exhibition includes works by Elke Andreas Boon, Dries Boutsen, Ricardo Brey, Manu Engelen, Pélagie Gbaguidi, Maud Gourdon, Hamza Halloubi, Joke Hansen, Emilio Lopez-Menchero, Kurt Ryslavy, Elly Strik, Patrick Van den Eynde, Koen van den Broek, Guy Van Bossche and Liliane Vertessen, among others. 

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