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Felice Casorati, Young Girl on a Red Carpet, 1912.

Photo: MSK

Temples of art: old masters and modernists MALIN NORMAN

When visiting Ghent, make sure to check out the Museum of Fine Arts Ghent and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Both are temples of art, with world-class exhibitions this summer and autumn. The Museum of Fine Arts Ghent (MSK) is one of the oldest museums in Belgium, opening the doors at its current location back in 1903. This pioneer is an open museum, making it a lively meeting place where art, beauty and knowledge are shared. MSK houses an impressive collection of around 9,000 works of art, from the Middle Ages to the first half of the 20th century, and is considered a leading expertise of modern art. Its focus is on paintings from the Southern Netherlands but print art, sculpture and European painting are also well represented. Visitors can also witness the restoration of the Ghent Altarpiece as it is being carried out in the heart of the museum. Finally, the MSK regularly invites 64  |  Issue 55  |  July 2018

contemporary artists and social partners to interact with its historical collection and iconic building. Acting director Catherine Verleysen explains that in 2017, MSK kicked off a long-term project with its neighbour Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art. “Our project Back & Forth shows the historic ties between the two museums. In a series of encounters, contemporary artworks will temporarily return to the space for which they were created or where they were presented for the first time back when both museums were housed under the same roof.”

What’s on at MSK: Gaspar de Crayer and Ghent: An Unbreakable Bond 30 June 2018 to 4 November 2018 A presentation of several large-scale paintings by this local Baroque artist, coinciding with the De Crayer exhibition in the Musée de Flandre in Cassel. On Paper. Drawings by Ghent artists from the museum’s collection 14 July 2018 to 16 September 2018 The central theme of the exhibition On Paper is the City of Ghent and the artists who lived, passed through or settled here, covering 400 years of drawing. The Ladies of the Baroque. Women painters in 16th and 17th century Italy 20 October 2018 to 20 January 2019 The autumn exhibition features some 50 paintings and sheds light on the critical role of women painters in Italy from 1580 to 1680.

Photo: MSK