OMG! Van Eyck was here: Ghent honours its old master
Jan van Eyck once lived in Ghent, where his magnum opus still adorns the St. Bavo's Cathedral. In 2020, Ghent is honouring him with 'OMG! Van Eyck was here', a captivating city festival with visual art, theatre, design, fashion and much more.
In recent years, the Ghent Altarpiece, one of the most important masterpieces in the Western hemisphere, has been undergoing restorations carried out with minute precision. Most of the masterpiece will be ready by then, therefore Ghent wants to celebrate its very own treasure. St. Bavo's Cathedral will also mark the event with the opening of a brand-new visitor centre. Here, visitors are immersed in the turbulent and exciting history of the Ghent Altarpiece using virtual reality.
At the same time, the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent, where the Ghent Altarpiece has been carefully restored over the past few years, also honours the old master from Ghent. The exhibition is called 'Van Eyck. An optical revolution' and will set Van Eyck's oeuvre against those of his European contemporaries. Meanwhile, St. Nicholas' Church are taking an ultra-modern approach, by presenting a digital and musical reinterpretation of the Ghent Altarpiece with 'A Digital Tribute to Van Eyck'. Using immersive video mapping, artist Mat Collishaw will bring a unique light show to the medieval church.
At the same time, the Floraliën, the renowned horticultural festival, is paying tribute to Van Eyck. During the Festival of Flanders - a modern look at classical music - the world will hear the début of 'Agnus Dei, the adoration of the Lamb'. It is a unique and newly composed piece by the acclaimed Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, based on the mythical Adoration of the Mystic Lamb and played by the illustrious Collegium Vocale Gent.
The Ghent Design Museum will undertake a bright expedition. Starting from the extraordinary way van Eyck used colour, the museum constructs an exhibition about innovative and diverse colorization throughout art history. The 7 Senses Tour on the other hand, lets you discover van Eycks Ghent by using all of your senses.
There is a great diversity of events happening that celebrate the incredible cultural value of this unique altarpiece. You can even take a piece of it home with you... sort of! Over 70 craft makers from Ghent have created exclusie products, inspired by Van Eyck, which can be purchased as unique souvenirs: jewellery and hats, beer and rugs, ceramics and glass work. The range of products in the Van Eyck shop is simply inspiring.
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