Visit the restoration of The Ghent Altarpiece, the masterpiece by the Van Eyck brothers.
The thorough restoration is being carried out by the "Koninklijk Instituut voor het Kunstpatrimonium (KIK)" and will span 7 years (2012-2019), with three phases of approximately one and a half years each. The Cathedral, the Museum of Fine Arts (MSK) and the Provincial centre for culture Caermersklooster are joining forces to tell the story of this masterpiece.
Restorers at work at the MSK
The actual restoration is being carried out at the MSK, where eight restorers, under the supervision of Bart Devolder and Livia Depuydt, work on the panels during the day. When they are not working on them, you can admire the panels behind a glass wall.
Original work at St Bavo’s Cathedral
Two thirds of the original work are on display at St Bavo’s Cathedral. The missing panels are replaced by black-and-white replicas. You can visit the masterpiece with a guide or with a personal audio guide (in Dutch, French, English, German, Spanish, Italian or Japanese).
Permanent exhibition on the painting techniques
Pay a visit to the permanent exhibition on the painting techniques used for The Ghent Altarpiece and its symbolism at the Provincial centre for culture Caermersklooster.
There is also a temporary exhibition and an information video showing the current stage in the restoration process.
Visit the three locations where The Ghent Altarpiece is being displayed and restored with one combi ticket.
The ticket can be purchased at St Bavo’s Cathedral, the Museum of Fine Arts (MSK) and the Provincial centre for culture Caermersklooster.
The ticket includes access to:
St Bavo’s Cathedral: The Ghent Altarpiece with audio guide + the rest of the Cathedral
Museum of Fine Arts: restoration workshop + permanent collection
Provincial centre for culture Caermersklooster: permanent collection and temporary exhibition about The Ghent Altarpiece