When you say Ghent, you think Ghent Altarpiece. After all, the two are inextricably linked. Ghent is the city where Van Eyck painted his world-famous masterpiece and where for the past six centuries, millions of visitors have gathered from all over the world to admire the altarpiece.

In 2020, Ghent is honouring its great Flemish Master with the prestigious and innovative exhibition ‘Van Eyck. An optical revolution’ at the Museum of Fine Arts (MSK), which will allow you to admire not only the restored outer panels of the Ghent Altarpiece in more detail than ever before, but also many other works by Van Eyck that will be travelling to Ghent for the first time. What's more, the entire Ghent Altarpiece will be displayed at the brand-new visitors’ centre at St Bavo's Cathedral from June 2020 onwards, where you can travel through its history by means of virtual reality.

In 2020, Ghent will also show how Van Eyck has left his mark on the city, six centuries on. We must not forget that the Ghent Altarpiece is so much more than a piece of world heritage. It is a live icon that continues to fascinate and inspire. Van Eyck's legacy permeates the whole of Ghent and has become part of the city's DNA. Generation after generation, he continues to inspire new masters, whose works we are proudly putting in the spotlight in 2020.

Visit us in 2020 for the full experience. Tantalise all your senses. See the colours featured on the Ghent Altarpiece come to life in magical spectacles. Get carried away by the scents of the flowers and plants featured in the work during the Ghent Floralies. Or better even: taste them in one of the city's top-notch restaurants. Feel the intricate brocade or solid oak wood in contemporary designs. Listen to angelic music from the 15th century brought to life or reworked into modern compositions. Visual arts, theatre, dance, design, fashion, gastronomy, music and even shopping ... For a whole year, everything in the city will be a nod to Van Eyck and his impressive masterpiece.    

Come to Ghent. Van Eyck was here. And will be here to stay. Will you?