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Not yet started and already extended - Van Eyck in Depth

The pop-up exhibition 'Van Eyck in Depth. Friction and harmony through the eye of architects and artists', which opens together with the new GUM (Ghent University Museum) on October 3, will be extended until June 30 2021. The opening of the museum and the expo were planned for March, but had to be postponed due to COVID19. To offer everyone the chance to discover this unique expo, the end date of 'Van Eyck in Depth' will be moved from December 31 2020 to June 30 2021.

This expo is part of the festive year 'OMG! Van Eyck was here', which is also extended until the end of June 2021.


3 October 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 'Forum for Science, Doubt & Art' 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?

Welcome to Jan Van Eyck’s studio.

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)


  • Jonas Lescrauwaet


  • Dr. Patrick Seurinck

  • Dr. Marjan Doom

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

With the support of:

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