On 20 October 2017 we kicked off a long-term project between the Museum of Fine Arts Ghent (MSK) and the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art (S.M.A.K.), in which we highlight and update our inextricable links and kinship. The historic ties between the two museums will inspire 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.
The two museums will also establish new relationships between old, modern and contemporary art with the exchange of some meaningful masterpieces. The resulting dynamic dialogue simultaneously emphasises the complementarity and unique identity of these two neighbouring museums and their collections.
The start in 2017
To start the programme, David Hammons’s installation 'Chasing the Blue Train' has been installed in the Lambeaux gallery again, where it was exhibited for the first time in Europe in 1991.
In addition, the MSK will incorporate works by artists such as Craigie Horsfield and Serge Poliakoff in its historical collection. There they will interact with their artistic forebears. In the following years, the museum will develop new projects that focus on e.g. Marcel Broodthaers and other key artists in the S.M.A.K.’s collection under the label 'Back & forth'.
2018: Oswald Oberhuber returns to the MSK
From 30.06 until 04.11.2018, the MSK presents a monumental canvas by Austrian artist Oswald Oberhuber (°1931) in its Lambeaux-room. The piece, entitled ‘Carolus Magnus’, was created specifically for this space in 1984. Oberhuber created on this 35 meter long frieze both a narrative and an expressive panorama of a Medieval battlefield with armored soldiers, dying horses and crucifix-covered tombstones. A battlefield centrally overlooked by the crowned emperor Charlemagne.