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Main bus and tram lines to the museums featured in this brochure. Situation from November 2012 (after completion of renovation and road works). For further information, go to

1 Museum of Fine Arts 2 S.M.A.K. 3 St Peter’s Abbey 4 The World of Kina: the House 5 STAM – Ghent City Museum 6 Design museum Gent 7 The House of Alijn 8 MIAT 9 The World of Kina: the Garden 10 Dr Guislain Museum 1 1 Tourist Information Office – Oude Vismijn

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Dear Museum Enthusiast A visit to Ghent’s museums is always an experience. The themes are invariably original, the approach intriguing and the insights enriching. You’ll also find you are spoilt for choice with subjects ranging from design, visual art and photography, through psychiatry, nature, industry and technology to the minutiae of life and the eventful history of our city… But all the more reason to pay regular visits to Ghent and discover something new each time!

IMPRINT This brochure was produced by STAM in association with The House of Alijn, Dr Guislain Museum, S.M.A.K., Museum of Fine Arts, MIAT, The World of Kina, Design museum Gent and St Peter’s Abbey. EDITORS Mia Verstraete, tekstchirurg, and STAM TRANSLATION Alison Mouthaan-Gwillim GRAPHIC DESIGN studio Saskia Wierinck FRONT COVER St Peter’s Abbey vineyard, TRACK, open-air library, Massimo Bartolini, 2012 © photograph: Jef Boes

This brochure outlines the highlights for the coming cultural season at nine of Ghent’s museums. We feel sure you will find plenty of inspiration for a visit. For more detailed information about a specific museum’s exhibition programme, you may like to consult the museum’s own website. The brochure also contains information and tips for a day-out in Ghent, whether it’s a guided walk, a boat trip, a convivial street café or restaurant, or a good place to stay. Alternatively, check out the websites listed on page 15. And when you’re in the city, be sure to pop into the brand-new Tourist Information Office in the Old Fish Market, where a wealth of information is accessible via the latest technology. If you can’t get enough of Ghent, why not stay on for a couple of days? We would love to have you! Be sure to take advantage of the Ghent Museum Pass, which makes visiting museums and using public transport incredibly good value. In the autumn this pass will become a digital City Card offering you even more for your money! Ghent’s museums, the Department of Culture and Sport and the Tourist Office wish you a most enjoyable stay in Ghent!

Lieven Decaluwe Alderman for Culture, Tourism and Festivities

REGISTERED PUBLISHER Lieven Decaluwe Botermarkt 1 BE-9000 Ghent

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THE HOUSE OF ALIJN Kraanlei 65, BE-9000 Gent T +32 (0)9 269 23 50 F +32 (0)9 269 23 58 Partial wheelchair access Tram 1 or 4: Gravensteen stop OPENING HOURS Tuesdays to Saturdays 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed on Mondays (except Easter Monday and Whit Monday), on December 25th and on January 1st ADMISSION Individuals: €5 Groups of 15 or more and concessions: €3.75 Under 19s: free; under 26s: €1 ↑ House of Alijn collection → House of Alijn collection ↘ House of Alijn collection

GUIDED TOURS Maximum 20 per guide Duration: approx. 1hr 30min. Price per guide: €65 (Mon-Fri) €85 (Sat-Sun) – school groups €65 RESERVATIONS T +32 (0)9 269 23 50

The House of Alijn Our everyday cultural heritage is a vast treasure-house of stories of things which pass but should never be allowed to pass into oblivion. And that’s what the House of Alijn is all about! A museum with a passion for daily life in the twentieth century. A museum with a wealth of stories to tell about the minutiae of life and life’s major events in the early twentieth century and in the post-war years.

The best day of their lives From the photo album, 5th instalment

En avant, marche! 21.11.2012 – 19.05.2013

01.04 – 04.11.2012 The public is helping the House of Alijn build a digital photo album about daily life in the 20th century. What makes this album different is that it consists of photographs found in private family albums. Family albums provide insight into the spirit of an age and show how customs and practices evolved through the 20th century. A selection of the thousands of photographs collected are presented in a succession of themed exhibitions. The thread running through this instalment is major ‘happy events’ in family life. One of the happiest is the wedding day and the portrait of the newly-weds. Wedding photographs have many stories to tell. In this exhibition the House of Alijn lifts a corner of the veil.

Belgium distinguishes between three traditional types of brass band: ‘fanfares’, ‘harmonieorkesten’ and ‘brassbands’. Each of these wind orchestras has its own history of highs and lows, but a celebration was never a celebration without a brass band of some description. These days they are enjoying a comeback with alternative marching bands and murgas acquiring a trendy image in the cities. Intrigued by the beauty of that world, photographer Stephan Vanfleteren captured band members on camera. His portraits of musicians will be on show in the En avant, marche! exhibition at the House of Alijn. in cooperation with VLAMO and the publisher Kannibaal


DR GUISLAIN MUSEUM Jozef Guislainstraat 43, BE-9000 Gent T +32 (0)9 216 35 95 F +32 (0)9 216 35 35 Wheelchair access Tram 1: Jozef Guislainstraat stop OPENING HOURS Tuesdays to Fridays 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays 1-5 p.m. Closed on Mondays and on December 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st ADMISSION Individuals: €6 Groups of 15 or more and concessions: €4 Under 12s: free; under 26s: €1

↑ Eric De Volder, After the meal, crayon, 2003 ↖ Christopher Payne, Buffalo State Hospital, New York ← Christopher Payne, Patient ward, Buffalo State Hospital, New York

GUIDED TOURS Maximum 20 per guide Duration: approx. 1hr 15min. Price per guide: €60 school groups €30 guided tour in other languages (F, D, E, SP) €60 RESERVATIONS T +32 (0)9 216 35 95

Dr Guislain Museum The History of Psychiatry and Outsider Art

Woodmen, simpletons, lunatics… all words used to describe the mentally ill. What does suffering from black bile mean? How was a hysterical woman treated? Down the ages, insanity has been treated with a mixture of magic and religion, constraint and care, control and science. Dr Jozef Guislain organized modern psychiatry in Ghent in the 19th century. The former Guislain Hospice, Belgium’s first psychiatric hospital (1857), now houses the Dr Guislain Museum.

This is where my house lives*

Nervous Women

Variations on living and madness

Two centuries of women and their psychiatrists

16.06 – 16.09.2012 The great psychiatric institution, which used to be seen as the answer to madness, has rather fallen into oblivion. In 2009 Christopher Payne caused a stir with his series of photographs entitled Asylum. Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals, about abandoned psychiatric institutions in the United States of America. In J’ai perdu ma tête, Peter Granser gives an account of his visit to a psychiatric institution in Normandy. Eddo Hartmann revisits the house of his childhood. With Scale 1:200, a triptych, the Dutch artist Juul Sadée takes us into the world of artist and architect Robert Garcet (1912-2001), who designed a strange structure packed with symbolism: the Eben-Ezer Tower. *Wouter De Ryck, nephew of visual artist Anne-Mie van Kerkhoven

13.10.2012 – 26.05.2013 It seems that while in the nineteenth century women went mad because of a lack of behavioural freedom, at the beginning of the twenty-first century some women go to pieces because of an excess of freedom. Nervous Women takes eight case studies to illustrate the remarkable evolution in society and psychiatry: how girls and women – healthy and sick – lived from 1800 to 2000, how syndromes like hysteria are very much phenomena of their time, how our age elicits new forms of disturbed behaviour. Why was kleptomania regarded as typically female for so long? How did the – then still by definition male – psychiatrist view women patients around 1900? Why are 75% of women diagnosed as suffering from borderline personality disorder?


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TRACK DATES AND OPENING TIMES from 12.05 to 16.09.2012 - T RACK locations accessible with TRACK PASS: Tuesdays to Sundays 12-18.00 hrs The manned locations are closed on Mondays. - S .M.A.K.: Tuesdays to Sundays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thursdays 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Closed on Mondays ADMISSION Individuals: €10 Groups of 15 or more and concessions: €7 under 12s: free RESERVATIONS AND GROUP PACKAGES or Gentinfo: +32 (0)9 210 10 10 Mondays to Saturdays 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. A S.M.A.K. initiative in association with the City of Ghent and the Flemish Community TRACK, 12.05…16.09.2012 © S.M.A.K.

S.M.A.K. Dynamic and idiosyncratic, that’s the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art, S.M.A.K. for short. The permanent collection of important works by artists from home and abroad interacts with original, often daring temporary exhibitions, particularly one-man shows by established and budding artists. S.M.A.K. is a place for experimentation and innovation, but it also has an eye for the public space.

TRACK 12.05 – 16.09.2012


Jordan Wolfson

S.M.A.K. Citadelpark – BE-9000 Gent T +32 (0)9 240 76 01 Wheelchair access Tram 1: Van Nassaustraat stop OPENING HOURS Tuesdays to Sundays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Closed on Mondays (except Easter Monday and Whit Monday), on December 24th, 25th, 31st and on January 1st ADMISSION Individuals: €6 Groups of 15 or more and concessions: €4.5 under 19s: free; under 26s: €1 GUIDED TOURS Maximum 20 per guide Duration: approx. 1hr 30min. Price per guide: €75 THE BRIDGE Combined visit to S.M.A.K. and MSK Duration: 2 hours Price per guide: €100, max. 20 people per group. Excluding admission tickets, which must be purchased at both museums. Combination ticket (€6 p.p.) available for groups of min.15 people RESERVATIONS BOEKjeBEZOEK T +32 (0)9 267 14 66

Joachim Koester

06.12.2012 – 17.03.2013

06.12.2012 – 17.03.2013

The films, videos and installations Jordan Wolfson (°1980, New York) makes propose art as a site with the potential for personal experience and communication – of doubts, expectations and wonder. His works display a generous conceptual and formal elegance that leaves itself open to the viewer’s emotional and interpretative response.

In his video work Joachim Koester (°1962, Copenhagen) uses montage, archiving and storytelling to shed light on historical events. In recent years he has traced the invisible and forgotten histories of transgression, exploring the legacies and remains of occult movements, psychedelic experiments and the like.

01.09 – 04.11.2012 A unique art experience, TRACK provides unexpected and enriching encounters with the city of Ghent, its history and its people. Thirty-five international artists were invited to create new work which is rooted in Ghent and which also links local and universal themes.

Media artists uncover hidden layers of the city and visitors can become part of an invisible film with the city as the set. in cooperation with Vooruit



MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS Citadelpark, BE-9000 Gent T +32 (0)9 240 07 00 F +32 (0)9 240 07 90 Wheelchair access Tram 1: Van Nassaustraat stop OPENING HOURS Tuesdays to Sundays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Closed on Mondays (except Easter Monday and Whit Monday), on December 24th, 25th, 31st and on January 1st

↑ Georges Vantongerloo, Study No. III, 1920 © MSK Gent ↖ Jacob Jordaens, Studies of Abraham Grapheus’ head, ca. 1620-1621 © MSK Gent ← Théo Van Rysselberghe, The Reading by Emile Verhaeren, 1903 © MSK Gent

ADMISSION Individuals: €5 Groups of 15 or more and concessions: €3.75 Under 19s: free; under 26s: €1 Belgian Modernism Individuals: €9 Groups of 15 or more and concessions: €6.5 Under 19s: free; under 26s: €1 GUIDED TOURS Maximum 20 per guide Duration: approx. 1hr 30min. Price per guide: €75

MSK – Museum of Fine Arts The Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent houses an enviable collection of old masters, including two panels by Hieronymus Bosch, important works by the Flemish Primitives and Netherlandish art from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The collections from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries are of international repute. As well as masterpieces by Théodore Géricault and the Barbizon artists, the museum provides an overview of modern art from romanticism to surrealism, including world-famous works.

Belgian Modernism Belgian abstract art and Europe (1912-1930)

THE BRIDGE Combined visit to MSK and S.M.A.K. Duration: 2 hours Price per guide: €100, max. 20 people per group. Excluding admission tickets, which must be purchased at both museums. Combination ticket (€6 p.p.) available for groups of min.15 people RESERVATIONS BOEKjeBEZOEK T +32 (0)9 267 14 66

Three dossier exhibitions 29.09 – 16.12.2012

02.03 – 30.06.2013 In this first major retrospective exhibition of Belgian modernism around 1920 for more than twenty years, Belgium’s historical avantgarde will be illustrated through visual and applied art, architecture, typography, photography, films, music, literature and theatre. Belgian protagonists like Marthe Donas, Jozef Peeters, Jules Schmalzigaug, Victor Servranckx and Georges Vantongerloo will be juxtaposed with foreign contemporaries like Alexander Archipenko, Piet Mondrian, Lászlo Moholy-Nagy and Theo van Doesburg. A number of large international museums are loaning work for this exhibition.

Three dossier exhibitions highlight specific aspects of the MSK’s collection. Abraham Grapheus, Jacob Jordaens’ artist’s model takes a look at the seventeenth-century Antwerp artist Grapheus, who went down in history as the model for paintings by (among others) Jacob Jordaens. A tribute is also paid to Théo Van Rysselberghe, who was born in Ghent 150 years ago. The museum has many of his paintings, drawings, graphic works and books, which it is showing together for the first time. The Art of Giving examines the role gifts and legacies have played in the MSK’s collection over the years. Gifted works by Hieronymus Bosch, Frans Hals, Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Peter Paul Rubens, Jacopo Tintoretto, George Minne and Anthony van Dyck give the museum international kudos.


MIAT Minnemeers 9, BE-9000 Gent T +32 (0)9 269 42 20 F +32 (0)9 233 07 39 Wheelchair access Tram 1: Korenmarkt stop OPENING HOURS Tuesdays to Sundays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Closed on Mondays (except Easter Monday and Whit Monday), on December 24th, 25th, 31st and on January 1st ADMISSION Individuals: €5 Groups of 15 or more and concessions: €3.75 Under 19s: free; under 26s: €1 GUIDED TOURS Maximum 25 per guide Duration: 1hr 30min. to 2 hours Price per guide: €80 school groups €70

↑ Women at work at the Gilliot & C° tile factory, 1914 © Mario Baeck collection ↑ Milk cart in the WorldWideWork exhibition © MIAT → Flemish interior © Evy Raes

RESERVATIONS T +32 (0)9 269 42 20

MIAT MIAT is a vibrant museum, housed in a fine industrial building. It organizes exhibitions, workshops, museum games, film Sundays, matinées and soirées... and the thread running through them all is industry, labour and textiles. Learn all about the industrial society and marvel at the stories told by textile workers. Admire the Mule Jenny spinning machine and the oldest extant twine mill in north-west Europe, two of the collection’s showpieces.

Floor and wall tiles

Power to the People


Belgium’s tile industry from art nouveau to the 1970s

100 years of electricity

The home and working lives of six generations

27.04 – 29.09.2013

26.10.2012 – 10.03.2013 In the twentieth century Belgian tile companies enjoyed fame at home and abroad with companies like Boch Frères, Gilliot and Maison Helman setting the tone. The floor and wall tile owed its success to splendid art-nouveau realizations, from ingenious geometric patterns and decorative flowers to exquisite, colourful tile tableaux. They were designed and customized by scenery workshops or leading artists to decorate façades, interiors, homes and businesses. As well as being able to admire magnificent tile panels, you will also learn about the production process and working conditions in tile factories.

PERMANENT A hundred years ago electricity was not a feature of everyday life. This changed at the beginning of the twentieth century, a period that heralded an unprecedented belief in progress and innovation. The 1913 Ghent World Fair was a veritable ode to electricity. Belgium’s most important electricity companies were represented in the Palais des Lumières where thousands of little bulbs dazzled in an unparalleled light show. Power to the People provides a cocksure view of the arrival of electricity as a new form of energy. What effect did this have on our social and working lives? Life-size photographs of traditional Flemish interiors illustrate the theme.

The industrial society brings paid holiday, leisure and increasing consumption.



THE HOUSE Sint-Pietersplein 14, BE-9000 Gent T +32 (0)9 244 73 73 F +32 (0)9 244 73 74 Wheelchair access Tram 1: Verlorenkost stop THE GARDEN Berouw 55, BE-9000 Gent T +32 (0)9 225 05 42 F +32 (0)9 234 30 56 Wheelchair access Tram 1: Gravensteen stop Tram 4: Spaarstraat stop OPENING HOURS Mondays to Fridays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sundays and public holidays 2 p.m. – 5.30 p.m. Closed on Saturdays, December 25th & 26th and January 1st & 2nd

↑ The World of Kina, the Garden – Spider Room © The World of Kina ↗ The World of Kina, the House – View of the entrance hall © Hans De Greve → The World of Kina, the House – Zapland © The World of Kina

ADMISSION Individuals: €2.5 Groups of 15 or more and concessions: €1.25 School groups: Ghent schools free non-Ghent schools €0.50 per pupil Under 12s: free; under 26s: €1.25

The World of Kina Discovering and experiencing – that’s what museums are all about and nowhere more so than the World of Kina! Did you know that some shells weigh almost 200 kilos? Find out how a mammoth’s thighbone compares to your own. Look down at the floor and you’ll see scores of fossils. Hug a mushroom. Marvel at the clever cobwebs and the busy bees... At the World of Kina you’ll discover far more than you had bargained for!

GUIDED TOURS Maximum 25 per guide Duration: 1hr 30min. for school groups approx. 1 hour Price per guide: €25 free for school groups RESERVATIONS The World of Kina: the House T +32 (0)9 244 73 75 The World of Kina: the Garden T +32 (0)9 225 05 42

The House PERMANENT The monumental House is part of St Peter’s Abbey and a fun sort of place to get lost in! Its eccentric collection contains something for everyone. Shells, corals, skeletons, birds... and under your feet a floor of Jurassic limestone, rich in fossils. With your head spinning after so many extraordinary sights, the Ghent and Charles V sound and light show is the perfect chance to catch your breath. It tells the story of how the people of Ghent came to be known as ‘Noose Wearers’.

The Garden PERMANENT To walk through the gate into the garden is to enter another world. First up is a magnificent tree that draws everyone’s attention. With all the greenery and a pond, it’s hard to believe you are actually in a densely populated area. And then suddenly you find yourself in a jaw-dropping exhibition about spiders with the collection of living large-bodied spiders as the highlight. The hive is always… well, a hive of activity. It may look chaotic, but there is a system in it, as you’ll find out in The Honeybee exhibition. The mushrooms have a couple of odd bods in the family, which you’ll certainly want to see.


DESIGN MUSEUM GENT Jan Breydelstraat 5, BE-9000 Gent T +32 (0)9 267 99 99 F +32 (0)9 224 45 22 Partial wheelchair access Tram 1 or 4: Gravensteen stop OPENING HOURS Tuesdays to Sundays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Closed on Mondays (except Easter Monday and Whit Monday), on December 24th, 25th, 31st and on January 1st ADMISSION Individuals: €5 Groups of 15 or more and concessions: €3.75 Under 19s: free; under 26s: €1

↑ Staircase Design museum Gent © Design museum Gent ← Pieter De Bruyne, Chantilly Chest, 1975 © Design museum Gent

Design museum Gent A day in Ghent is not complete without a visit to the Design museum Gent. The only one of its kind in Flanders, the museum specializes in twentieth-century and contemporary design. It has one of the most beautiful art-nouveau collections in the country and also mounts interesting temporary exhibitions. The intriguing designer collection is presented in a modern, light and airy building.

Pieter De Bruyne Retrospective (1931-1987)

GUIDED TOURS Maximum 20 per guide Duration: 1hr 30min. For school groups approx. 1hr 30min. – 2 hours Price per guide: €60 groups from secondary schools and institutes of higher education: €60 Nursery and primary school groups free RESERVATIONS T +32 (0)9 267 99 99

Shiro Kuramata 24.11.2012 – 24.02.2013

Pioneer of the postmodern 07.07 – 21.10.2012 Pieter De Bruyne graduated in interior design from Sint-Lucas Brussels in 1953. In 1961 he achieved international recognition at the Cantù International Furniture Competition (Italy). Typifying his early work is the belief that furniture should not just be aesthetically pleasing but also marketable and affordable. By the late 1970s Belgium’s design industry was in the doldrums. Furniture manufacturers that refused to move on from functionalism went out of business. Fortunately exceptions like Pieter De Bruyne prove the rule. He was no longer working for industry but designing one-off pieces to commission. They were true milestones.

The legendary Japanese designer Shiro Kuramata (1943-1991) designed approximately 180 items of furniture and other objects. In his heyday in the 1980s he is said to have produced a design a day. His designs are a testimony to his craftsmanship and eye for detail. They are typical of the creative dynamism of post-war Japan: technologically advanced, oozing re-found self-confidence and inspired by pop art. Kuramata was also open to other Western influences: the minimalism of Dan Flavin and Donald Judd, Duchamp’s readymades and Ettore Sottsass’ love of bright colour. His furniture designs are poetic, light and seemingly transparent. He was alert to new technologies and previously unused materials. Kuramata loved the effect of surprise.



STAM – GHENT CITY MUSEUM Bijlokesite Godshuizenlaan 2, BE-9000 Gent T +32 (0)9 267 14 00 F +32 (0)9 267 14 98 Wheelchair access Tram 1: Van Nassaustraat or Verlorenkost stop Tram 4 or 24: Bijlokehof stop OPENING HOURS Tuesdays to Sundays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Closed on Mondays (except Easter Monday and Whit Monday), on December 24th, 25th and 31st and on January 1st

↑ Façade of the Vooruit festival hall, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat, Ghent, September 1958 © Amsab Institute of Social History ↖ Façade of the Tbilisi Hotel Abkhazeti © Filip Berte ← Portus Ganda © Carl De Keyzer

ADMISSION Individuals: €6 Groups of 15 or more and concessions: €4.50 Under 19s: free; under 26s: €1 GUIDED TOURS Maximum 20 per guide Duration: approx. 1hr 30min. Price per guide: €75 RESERVATIONS BOEKjeBEZOEK T +32 (0)9 267 14 66

STAM – Ghent City Museum STAM, the City Museum on the Bijloke, provides the perfect introduction to Ghent. STAM’s permanent circuit tells the story of the city. Yesterday, today and tomorrow converge to give visitors a feel for what exactly it is that makes Ghent Ghent. The temporary exhibitions take a more universal approach and look at what makes a city a city. STAM’s showpiece? Ghent itself, the living city.

Filip Berte / The Graveyard Cities on the Edge

VOORUIT ’13 - ’13 01.05 – 03.11.2013

COMBINED VISITS Combine your STAM visit with a guided walk or boat trip in/to the city (information at or with a VOORUIT100 activity (information at

The story of Ghent PERMANENT

17.05 – 04.11.2012 For his The Graveyard installation, architect and visual artist Filip Berte visited four cities: Tbilisi (Georgia), Chisinau (Moldova), Melilla (Spanish enclave in Morocco) and Brussels. Each of these places is on the geographical margins of Europe or represents social margins within the European Union. Berte presents four penetrating, personal city portraits with soundtracks by sound artist Ruben Nachtergaele. in cooperation with CAMPO

The Vooruit festival hall opened in 1913. For many decades it was a cultural bastion of Ghent’s socialist movement. In 1982 it was converted into an independent socio-cultural centre which became the internationally acclaimed Vooruit arts centre. 100 years of festival hall and 30 years of arts centre have to be celebrated! So Vooruit is making 2013 a festive year and STAM is contributing by mounting an exhibition entitled VOORUIT ‘13 -’13 about the Vooruit building’s intriguing history, its significance for Ghent and the many activities that have taken place there over the last century. in cooperation with UGent, Amsab-ISG, Province of East Flanders and Vooruit

STAM’s permanent trail, which leads through the former Bijloke Abbey, peels away the city’s many layers to reveal the story of Ghent, from its earliest beginnings to the present day. The ambulatory links the rooms off it like a time-line. The multimedia allow you to leaf through the past. Or you can sit down on a bench and listen to stories about Ghent. A series of photographs by Carl De Keyzer shows the city from a contemporary perspective.


Robert Capa © International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos / Reporters

ST PETER’S ABBEY Sint-Pietersplein 9, BE-9000 Gent T +32 (0)9 243 97 30 F +32 (0)9 243 97 34 Wheelchair access (except Alison) Tram 1: Verlorenkost stop OPENING HOURS Tuesdays to Sundays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Closed on Mondays (except Easter Monday and Whit Monday), on December 24th, 25th, 31st and on January 1st ADMISSION Individuals: €5 Groups of 15 or more and concessions: €3.75 Under 19s: free; under 26s: €1 Unknown images Individuals: €9 Groups of 15 or more and concessions: €6.75 Under 19s: free; under 26s: €4

↑ Golf-Juan.France. August 1948. Pablo Picasso and Francoise Gilot ↗ Boers ready for fire-fighting duty, Natal front, January 1900, photograph: Van Hoepen, Pretoria → © Bieke Depoorter

Alison ‘movie guide’ + visit to the abbey and all exhibitions €3 on top of the admission fee GUIDED TOURS Maximum 20 per guide school groups: per class Duration: approx. 1hr 30min. Price per guide: €80

St Peter’s Abbey St Peter’s Abbey is one of Ghent’s foremost monuments. Concealed behind its imposing walls is a surprisingly large garden with a vineyard, herb garden, fruit trees and ruins. The buildings you see today date from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the impressive refectory from the Middle Ages. St Peter’s Abbey presents historio-cultural, literary and photographic exhibitions at national and international level.

I am about to call it a Day Bieke Depoorter

Robert Capa Retrospective 12.10 – 02.12.2012

25.05 – 23.09.2012

Unknown Images, Powerful Stories Belgians at war

RESERVATIONS BOEKjeBEZOEK T +32 (0)9 267 14 66

Alison ‘movie guide’ PERMANENT

16.11.2012 – 21.04.2013

Bieke Depoorter is a young Ghent photographer who graduated from the KASK academy in 2009 and immediately won the Magnum Expression Award. In recent years she travelled uninhibited through Russia and America. Chance encounters determined where she spent the night. The openness with which she was received and the intimacy shared with her, produced some intriguing images. Her series of photographs from America is a work in progress.

Robert Capa is one of the biggest names in twentiethcentury documentary photography. The exhibition presents a selection of photographs from, for instance, the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War, and portraits of Hemingway, Picasso and others.

Belgium has been involved in many wars in its 180-year history. Soldiers, volunteers, doctors, journalists and writers have recorded their experiences in millions of clichés. Photography is about the same age as Belgium and it is the thread that runs through this exhibition. With the aid of the latest IT techniques, an expert takes visitors off into the harsh reality. They soon discover that the story behind the image is not at all what it first seemed.

Monk Alison, the bookkeeper at St Peter’s Abbey, is a historical figure (1753-1823). He takes you with him through the ancient abbey buildings on a virtual journey through time, gradually revealing the secrets of the abbey and its residents.


The Century of Progress. Ghent 1913 – 2013


Ghent Museum pass Free admission to Ghent’s main museums and monuments, combined with free use of the city’s tram and bus network. Price: 20 euros, valid for three days. Available from the Tourist Information Office, participating museums, hotels and De Lijn sales points.

 useum Pass becomes M City Card In the autumn of 2012 the Museum Pass will become a digital City Card representing even better value for cultural tourists. Price: 25 euros for 2 days – 30 euros for 3 days.

Museum Night 2011, S.M.A.K. © Raf Van de Ven

In 2013 the Vooruit building will celebrate 100 years in Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat. While STAM mounts an exhibition, Vooruit will stage a centenary celebration. Artists will work with historic material or look radically to the future. Vooruit will also become a temporary museum where heritage is brought to life. Who knows, maybe beer will be drunk again, a tavern opened or a billiards competition held. And where will Vooruit go over the next 100 years? Set off into the city with a smartphone app which uncovers traces of Vooruit’s DNA in Ghent. It turns out that the past has surprising links with the present and with your own life. An initiative of Vooruit arts centre in cooperation with UGent, Amsab – ISG, STAM, Province of East Flanders and IBBT

Imbued with the spirit of the age and intoxicated with its economic success, in 1913 Ghent organized a world fair. Other cities like Brussels, Liège and Antwerp had already done this, but on a smaller, less dazzling scale. While the threat of war hanging over Europe increased, Ghent convened a gigantic celebration, which brought visitors flocking to the city. For Ghent this was the real start of the twentieth century, characterized by an unbridled belief in progress. 100 years later Ghent’s cultural institutions look back at this world fair and the century that followed. The programme features (among other things) exhibitions, publications and a documentary, promising a packed cultural year with a wide appeal.

TIPS Use tram line 1 on Museum Night. After-party at S.M.A.K. from 23.00 hrs INFO

Museum night 29.11.2012, 6 p.m. – 1 a.m. Ghent’s museums invariably pull out all the stops for Museum Night. The House of Alijn, STAM, S.M.A.K., Museum of Fine Arts , MIAT, The World of Kina, Design museum Gent, Dr Guislain Museum and St Peter’s Abbey are planning an atmospheric programme and a night to remember…



St Bavo’s Abbey in 3D* FROM SEPTEMBER 2012 A virtual guided tour through the history of St Bavo’s Abbey, from the seventh century to the present day. Meet Amandus, who founded the abbey when the Normans were in Ghent. Stroll round the dismantled Romanesque and lateGothic abbey church and see how people lived in the abbey down the centuries. Discover how in 1540 St Bavo’s Abbey became part of Spaniards’ Castle, built by Charles V, and how the imposing abbey church was demolished. A gripping experience on a historic site!

INFORMATION +32 (0)9 243 97 30 Download the app from:

Two newly-restored town houses*


What is now the Arnold Vander Haeghen Museum in Veldstraat dates from around 1746. It was purchased by Joos Clemmen, one of Ghent’s first cotton barons, in 1771. He had the façade completed and lavishly decorated. Today highlights include the Chinese Salon and a classical warehouse in the garden, on the bank of the River Leie/Lys. In the museum building you can also visit the ‘Kabinet Maeterlinck’, the reconstructed study of the Ghent Nobel Prize Winner for Literature. Heads of state from all over Europe have passed through the doors of the eighteenth-century Hotel d’Hane Steenhuyse, one of the city’s finest patrician houses. The salons, the impressive vestibule and the majestic honorary staircase reflect the grandeur of society life.

© City of Ghent – Communications Department

GUIDED TOURS INFORMATION AND RESERVATIONS Groups and schools: On Thursdays Book through BOEKjeBEZOEK: +32 (0)9 267 14 66 Individual visitors: On Fridays and Saturdays (14.30 hrs) Book through Uitbureau: +32 (0)9 233 77 88

*Realized as part of the European project Interreg IVA 2 Seas – SHAPING 24.

Restoration of the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb Work to restore the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb by the Van Eyck brothers will begin in the autumn of 2012. It will be carried out over a five-year period. At the Museum of Fine Arts you will be able to see the restorers at work behind glass. At the Carmelites Convent you will learn more about the restoration. STAM reveals the story behind the stolen side panel ‘The Just Judges’. The Mystic Lamb will still be on show in St Bavo’s Cathedral.

Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, Jan and Hubert Van Eyck, 1432 © Lukas – Art in Flanders vzw, photograph: Hugo Maertens

Historische Huizen Gent (Historical Houses Ghent) St Bavo’s Abbey Voorhoutkaai 43, BE-9000 Gent


Ghent online

Staying in Ghent is a mine of information about Ghent. This website tells you everything you need to know about museums, sights, restaurants, places to stay, events, outings, etc. You can even compile, download and print your very own brochure. Need advice? The Tourist Information Office will be glad to help.

It takes a while before you see everything there is to see in Ghent, so why not stay the night? At you’ll find a list of hotels and B&Bs and you can book online too. At there’s an events calendar to help you plan your evening.

Getting round the city

Follow the guide!

On foot Follow the pedestrian signposts.

By tram or bus The map on page 2 gives the main tram and bus lines (valid from November 2012, after completion of renovation work). Further information is available from the Tourist Information Office, de Lijn shops and at

By coach Download the free brochure Ghent by coach at


Gandante T +32 (0)479 51 52 42

Ghent Authentic T +32 (0)498 10 99 61

Ghent Guides

T +32 (0)9 233 07 72 F +32 (0)9 233 08 65

Vizit T +32 (0)9 233 76 89 F +32 (0)9 225 23 19

Out and about in Ghent Tourist Information Office New offices Oude Vismijn (near Gravensteen) Sint-Veerleplein 5, BE-9000 Gent T +32 (0)9 266 56 60 F +32 (0)9 266 56 73 – Open daily March 15th – October 14th: 9.30 am – 6.30 pm October 15th – March 14th: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm Closed on December 25th and January 1st

Ghent has a brand-new Tourist Information Office in the renovated Old Fish Market, a glass construction affording a wonderful view of the city and the water. Information about Ghent, the other Flemish cities of art and the Province of East Flanders is available day and night. In the centre of the Office is a multimedia data touch table. The facilities are also designed for those with a mobility or visual impairment. Outside opening hours (provided the Old Fish Market is accessible) information is projected onto the glass wall and accessed using the touch technology.

BOEKjeBEZOEK T +32 (0)9 267 14 66 F +32 (0)9 267 14 98

Explore Ghent from the water Boat in Gent T +32 (0)478 63 36 30 F +32 (0)9 228 62 63

De Bootjes van Gent Rederij Dewaele T +32 (0)9 229 17 16 T/F +32 (0)9 228 62 63

Gent Watertoerist T +32 (0)9 269 08 69 F +32 (0)9 231 54 84

Rederij De Gentenaer T +32 (0)473 48 10 36 F +32 (0)9 231 54 84 © Frederik Vercruysse for SAQ Architects

Dr Guislain Museum


S.M.A.K. Museum of Fine Arts MIAT The World of Kina STAM St Peter’s Abbey










































































The best day of their lives 01.04 – 04.11.2012 En avant, marche! 21.11.2012 – 19.05.2013

This is where my house lives 16.06 – 16.09.2012 Nervous Women 13.10.2012 – 26.05.2013


Design museum Gent

Each museum has a website where you’ll find its complete exhibition programme.

The House of Alijn



TRACK 12.05 – 16.09.2012 ELECTRIFIED III THE RESPONSIVE CITY 01.09 – 04.11.2012 Jordan Wolfson / Joachim Koester 06.12.2012 – 17.03.2013

Abraham Grapheus Théo Van Rysselberghe The Art of Giving 29.09 –16.12.2012 Belgian Modernism 02.03 – 30.06.2013

Floor and wall tiles 26.10.2012 – 10.03.2013 Power to the People 27.04 – 29.09.2013

The House and The Garden PERMANENT

Pieter De Bruyne Retrospective 07.07 – 21.10.2012 Shiro Kuramata 24.11.2012 – 24.02.2013

Filip Berte / The Graveyard 17.05 – 04.11.2012 VOORUIT ’13 – ’13 01.05 – 03.11.2013

Bieke Depoorter 25.05 – 23.09.2012 Robert Capa Retrospective 12.10 – 02.12.2012 Unknown Images, Powerful Stories 16.11.2012 – 21.04.2013

The Ghent museums '12-'13