Late Thursday January 2023

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On Thursday 5 January 2023, S.M.A.K. and the other Ghent museums will keep their doors open until 22:00. Come along for an evening visit to the ongoing exhibitions, live music and a drink or ice cream at Crèmerie GUILLAUME.

Guided walk-in tour Philippe Van Snick dynamic project

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Our guide will take you through the exhibition dynamic project featuring the work of Belgian artist Philippe Van Snick. You will walk through 10 museum rooms past well-known and surprising, lesser-known works. Be inspired by his simple, mathematical, poetic and colourful language.

More information on the guided walk-in tour

Live music by Citadelic Jazz

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Citadelic Jazz provides your share of live music on Thursday nights.

20:00: Mostafa Taleb with 'Unity', a solo for Kamancheh

"Be like a flower that even gives its fragrance to a hand that crushes it."

Mostafa Taleb, composer and improviser, came to Brussels from Iran in 2016. His talent and musical personality enabled him to overcome the difficulties of exile and build a solid reputation as a kamancheh player and singer. His focus is on innovation in Persian classical music (Persian ensemble Hamnava and Illumination). At the invitation of renowned viola da gamba player Jordi Savall, he played numerous concerts throughout Europe with ensemble Orpheus XXI. He is currently involved in more jazz-oriented projects together with Frédéric Becker and Ananta Roosens, among others, and has a project ongoing at the Bozar.

He will be performing his new work 'Unity' at S.M.A.K.

Born in Lorestan (Iran), home of the kamancheh, or ancient Persian string violin, Mostafa has wanted to touch people's lives through music since childhood. He was inspired by his mother's singing in the hooreh style, part of maqami music, the oldest musical tradition in Iran, which has been transmitted orally for thousands of years. Another inspiration was the folk music in Lorestan, which accompanies every stage of human life, from birth to death.

21:00: KLINKER, Kunst na Arbeid

Robin Schaeverbeke and Peter Puype founded the record label 'Stax' in the mid-1990s, with a clear love of soul and funk.

The impetus for 'KLINKER' came when Shaeverbeke and Puype kept in touch by sending each other their own recordings and structures. Both musicians had no desire to perform non-committal improvisation on known themes, as is common in jazz.

Without much fuss, it was clear that there can be an interesting cross-pollination of different styles, while personal intensity is the leitmotif. This is the security of 'KLINKER', which does not pursue a musical style 'an sich'.

Philippe Van Snick: dynamic project

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shows Van Snick's work in ten museum galleries, along his first sculptural analyses of time and space, conceptual photographs, short films and paintings. These also refer to the decimal system (0-9) inherent in his comprehensive oeuvre. Key works are accompanied by surprising, lesser-known works.

Special attention is also paid to Philippe Van Snick's numerous innovative permanent projects in the public space, and limited-edition editions, magazines and unique documents are presented, most of which have never been shown to the public before.

Rose Wylie: picky people notice...

Rose Wylie, A Handsome Couple, 2022

Rose Wylie (b. 1934, Hythe) enjoys international recognition today as a major figurative painter. Her extensive oeuvre depicts subjects from literature, cinema, mythology and celebrity culture, among others. Attracted by an 'honest' language, the artist draws on clichéd as well as forgotten and overlooked visual and narrative traditions. She idiosyncratically interweaves this broad knowledge of cultural production with observations and memories that evoke a youthful wonder for the everyday.

Marc De Cock: An imaginary portrait in works of art

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S.M.A.K. is once again showing artworks from the Matthys-Colle collection. The current exhibition is an imaginary portrait of Marc De Cock, the former president of the Society of the Friends. He can safely be called one of the inspirers of S.M.A.K. Discover how works by Berlinde de Bruyckere, Bruce Nauman and Gilbert & George, among others, depict his person and commitment.

Practical information
  • Thursday 5.Jan.2022, 18:00-22:00.
  • Jan Hoetplein 1, 9000 Ghent.
  • Book your ticket online or at the desk.

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