The MSK is the first museum in Belgium to launch an LGBTQ+ tour in its permanent galleries. Through 11 artworks, we reflect on queer stories that are literally hanging on the museum walls but have never been told before. We see how differently gender identity and sexual orientation have been approached in the past, and reflect on how we look at them today.

Scenes of the goddess Artemis and her female companions, the transformation of Hermaphroditus, or the oldest MSK portrait of 'a man in a relationship with another man': these are some of the stops on the brand new tour. We invite visitors to discover these hidden stories and to engage in a conversation about the themes that are addressed. For schools, the tour can be an original way to discuss these themes with the class.

Created by members of the LGBTQ+ community, the tour is a safe space that respects everyone's experience. It will also continue to evolve as we look at the Ghent collection with different eyes.

Maarten van Heemskerck, 'The Man of Sorrows', 1532, MSK Gent
Maarten van Heemskerck, 'The Man of Sorrows', 1532, MSK Gent