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Modernists in Ghent

Collection presentation

10.05 – 01.09.24

Gustave Van de Woestyne, 'Christus in de woestijn', 1939, MSK Gent

This summer, the museum presents a wide selection of artworks from the period 1900-60, for the first time since 2021. In this diverse selection, we closely follow the developments in modern Belgian art since the turn of the century, placing them in a unique international perspective.

The tour starts during the latter days of Impressionism and Symbolism, but soon shows how much the view of man and his environment changed dramatically, and from an imitative likeness to reality before and after World War I constantly fluctuates between intuition, emotion and abstraction.

Popular painters such as Jean Brusselmans, James Ensor, Paul Delvaux, René Magritte, Victor Servranckx, Edgard Tytgat, Frits Van den Berghe, Gustave Van de Woestyne and Rik Wouters are shown alongside their foreign contemporaries-painters Armand Guillaumin, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Oskar Kokoschka, Henri Le Sidaner and Albert Marquet. Sculpture is also particularly well represented with sculptors Jozef Cantré, Oscar Jespers, George Minne, Auguste Rodin, Ernest Wijnants and many others.

We also give attention to rarely or never shown gems that exceptionally leave museum depots for a few months.