On Thursday 2 November 2023, S.M.A.K. and the other Ghent museums will keep their doors open until 10pm. Come along for an evening visit to the ongoing exhibitions, live music and a drink.
With The End Is Never Near, S.M.A.K. will bring its first retrospective exhibition from 7 October 2023. The expo comprises more than 100 works on canvas and offers an overview from 1996 to the present. His work is built around historical themes from literature and art history. This Belgian painter bridges the gap with artists such as Caravaggio, Tintoretto, Goya and Manet. With our guide, you will learn all about these art-historical references and double layers in the expo.
Belgian painter Jan Van Imschoot is internationally known for his intimate, enigmatic works from the early 1990s and his recent large-scale, historically inspired tableaux. The exhibition traces a rough chronological trajectory that spans more than 30 years along more than 80 canvases by his hand.
In Motel Corona, S.M.A.K. is showing new works of art that came into the museum's collection via an unusual route. To compensate for the distress suffered during the 2020 lockdown, the Flemish Community exceptionally made an amount of 3.75 million euros available for the purchase of works by visual artists. 42 of the artworks purchased came on loan from S.M.A.K.
Using works from the Matthys-Colle Collection and S.M.A.K., we depict the portrait of Marc De Cock. In 1979, he was president of the Association for the Museum of Contemporary Art, the organisation at the origin of today's S.M.A.K. The museum received an impressive selection of artworks on long-term loan from the collector couple Hilda Colle and Roger Matthys.