MSK: from confiscations to a huge art collection
At the end of the 18th century, Ghent was under French rule and many of the city’s art treasures were seized. Some of them can still be seen in the Louvre in Paris today. Rebellious Ghent wasn’t having any of it, and slowly began to establish a wide-ranging art collection, searching for years to find an appropriate building. The ideal location was found in the building designed by the architect Van Rysselberghe in the Citadelpark, a temple to the arts with a fantastic feeling of spaciousness and a lot of light.
Bosch and Magritte, surrounded by beauty
The collection, which ranges from Hieronymus Bosch to Rubens and Magritte, has never been shown more attractively than it is today. It covers an enormous variety of paintings, statues, drawings, etchings and tapestries, from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. An auditorium, a library, a children’s workshop and a brasserie turn the MSK into a contemporary, multipurpose complex where you can spend many a pleasant hour surrounded by beauty during your weekend trip to Ghent. Why not take a virtual peek inside the MSK now?
Flemish masters, Flemish art at the MSK
On the subject of Flemish masters, works by Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Paul Rubens and James Ensor etc. can be found all over the world. But nowhere else can you gain such a complete picture of these and other world-famous Flemish artists as the place where they come from. The Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, the Groeningemuseum in Bruges and the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent tell the story of visual art in the southern Netherlands from the 15th to the 20th century. Their collections have grown in parallel through the years and complement each other perfectly. Together they form the Flemish Art Collection.