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GUM opens with Van Eyck in Depth

Spring 2020 marks an important moment! Then, we will open the doors to the brand-new GUM (Ghent University Museum), located at the centre of the Ghent Botanical Garden, right around the corner from S.M.A.K. and MSK Gent.

The festive opening of our brand-new museum on 21 & 22 March 2020 is coupled with the pop-up exhibition 'Van Eyck in Depth. Friction and harmony through the eyes of architects and artists' . This exhibit is completely dedicated to Flemish Master Jan Van Eyck. Van Eyck might have been a brilliant painter, he unfortunately became known as ‘the painter who was not familiar with the rules of perspective’, contrary to his Italian counterparts… But was that really the case?


In this pop-up exhibition in the context of ‘OMG! Van Eyck was here’, the year in which we celebrate Jan Van Eyck, the GUM takes the architect’s viewpoint in order to subject Van Eyck’s painting to scientific analysis. Was Van Eyck, as is generally believed, indeed not familiar with the rules of perspective? Why then does his work exude this sense of harmony? Architect Patrick Seurinck gets to work with these research questions, with the help of a group of UGent students of architecture. In the pop-up, their scientific analysis is confronted with the artistic analysis carried out by four contemporary artists. Similar to Van Eyck, they set out to look for their own perspective.

Will their quests lead to harmony? Or, rather, friction?

Welcome to Jan Van Eyck’s studio.

This pop-up expo takes place in the Gallery, the exhibition space for temporary exhibitions in the GUM.


  • Stijn Cole

  • Katelijne De Corte

  • Lieven Lefere

  • Paul Robbrecht (architect)


  • Dr. Patrick Seurinck

  • Dr. Marjan Doom

Prof. dr. ir.-arch. Dirk De Meyer and students from the Engineering and Architecture programme.


  • Jonas Lescrauwaet

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