If you visited the museum during the summer and fall of 2017, chances are you came across musician An Pierlé. She installed her piano in the galleries and let herself be inspired by the art, the acoustics and the random sounds and people passing through a living museum. Over the course of the months she spent here, Pierlé improvised with fellow musicians and artists, with school groups and with museum visitors. She created a number of new compositions based directly or more loosely on the MSK. She calls the whole process ‘serendipity in progress’: unforeseen happenings that gradually begin to take on shape and sound!

An obvious choice for Pierlé
The musician, who lives in Ghent, was drawn to the MSK specifically during the Marthe Donas exhibition of 2016. The museums interest in women artists, along with the impressive collection and the monumental building, made the MSK an obvious choice for a prolonged residence. Pierlé originally intended to stay only a few weeks, but she eventually kept on for over six months. She ended the year with a live evening performance of the newly created works, during the Ghent Museum Night.