In 2020 the restored outer panels will return for a short time to the Museum of Fine Arts. For the first time they will be reunited with others works by painter Jan van Eyck for a unique expo: Van Eyck, An Optical Illusion. Of Jan van Eyck, the youngest and most important of the van Eyck brothers, only some twenty works still exist throughout the world. Half of them will travel to Ghent for the 2020 exhibition.
The exhibition will also showcase works by van Eyck’s most talented contemporaries from Germany, France, Italy and Spain, to underline the technical revolution of van Eyck’s craft. Jan van Eyck used his scientific knowledge, coupled with refined technique and sharp observation to portray reality in his paintings in a more tactile way than ever before. His paintings show us worlds where you could almost step inside and portraits that seems to come alive.
The exhibitions runs from February 1 to April 30 2020, all week round, each time from 9h30 till 19h. Once a week the expo remains open till 23h. The exhibition is open to both individual visitors and groups, and to give everyone a chance it is organized in time slots: you reserve your tickets for specific dates and times. There is however no time limitation on your visit except for the regular closing times. Audio guides in different languages are included with the visit. You can also book a guide beforehand. So don’t miss this unique exhibition and reserve your tickets at https://vaneyck2020.be/en/
And the celebration of this great Flemish master doesn’t end there. Under the name OMG! Van Eyck was here Ghent celebrates its most famous painter for an entire year in 2020, with thematically selected fine arts, theater, dance, design, fashion, music, gastronomy and even shopping! Later in 2020 a new visitors’ center will be opened in the Sint-Baafs Cathedral, where the history of the Altarpiece will be illuminated through a combination of art treasures and modern presentation techniques.
Feel like you’ve painted yourself in a corner at the end of the day? Only a ten minute walk from the Museum of Fine Arts you can relax at our Hotel Astoria, a place pretty enough to be framed!
During the exhibition special one-off events are planned as well. On July 21th Michel Vandenbosch, president of the animal rights group GAIA, gives his vision on the exhibited objects. On July 27th there is a workshop “bacterial leather”, where you can learn about this vegan alternative to leather.
On September 21 there is the theatre workshop “In the skin of an animal” and on September 22 Marjan Doom, veterinary and former member of the ethical committee on animal testing, will guide you through the collection.
More information on the exhibition and the events can be found here.
If after this you are looking for some creature comforts, you are welcome to stay at hotel Astoria. And remember, except for the anti-allergic Classical and Comfort rooms, pets are welcome at our hotel.
From May 1st onwards this new map has been available at the tourists’ information centre “Visit Ghent” in the Old Fish Mine, but now you can also ask for it at the reception desk of our Hotel Astoria. If you are a wheelchair user and you reserve a room with us, just send us a message and we will certainly take that into consideration when choosing a room for you.
With 6 trains every hour you are in about 30 minutes in the medieval city of Bruges. A return ticket costs € 13 and is valid for one day. From the station of Bruges it’s a 20 minute walk along the Albert I park and the new concert hall to reach the historic heart of the city. Again, the day pass is valid and you can easily reach the centre by bus as well.
A bit further away you find the vibrant city of Antwerp! Three times an hour a train leaves from Gent-Sint-Pieters to bring you to Antwerp Central in one hour. A return ticket costs just under € 19 and the train stops at the beginning of the biggest shopping streets, Keyserlei and Meir, the diamond district and the Zoo. At the Franklin Rooseveltplaats dozens of buses stop to bring you, using the same day pass, to every corner of the city.
We end with the capital of Belgium, also the capital of Europe, which cannot be left out. Almost every 10 minutes a train goes from Ghent to Brussels, but there must be a number of things taken in consideration: do not travel at peak times for 9 am and between 16 pm and 18 pm, choose for the train with the least stops, which takes only 36 minutes. Brussels Central station is the closest to the main attractions and ensures you that you won’t need to use public transport. Unlike Flanders, the MIVB is responsible for all public transport, making a day pass from Ghent not valid.