Friends of S.M.A.K. was founded as a members' club in 1957. They have been collecting art works and organizing numerous members' activities in Belgium and abroad. They bring the members to artists' studios, private art collections, galleries and numerous internation museums.
By producing limited art editions, the Friends have been able to build an important collection. A large part was donated to S.M.A.K., in 1999.
The Friends are working towards the realization of a larger museum, in which there is more room for the S.M.A.K. collection.
S.M.A.K. puts the artist at the heart of its thoughts and actions. We invest in the greatest possible quality for a broad and varied public and would like to be experienced as an open house: transparent and generous. In artistic terms, we present ourselves as a laboratory, a place of experiment and renewal, where we can see today what may be important tomorrow. S.M.A.K. leaves questions open, urges one to think, retains its scepticism.
Philippe Van Cauteren
Vrienden van S.M.A.K., VMHK vzw, Jan Hoetplein 1, BE-9000 Gent. E. firstname.lastname@example.org. Ondernemingsnummer 0408175010. RPR Gent, Afdeling Gent.
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The Friends take members to artists' studios, private art collections, galleries and numerous museums at home and abroad.