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LGBTQ+ and the MSK collection

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guided tour
Maarten van Heemskerck, 'Man of Sorrows', 1532, MSK Ghent
Maarten van Heemskerck, 'Man of Sorrows', 1532, MSK Ghent

The MSK is the first museum in Belgium to launch an LGBTQ+ tour in its permanent galleries. Through 11 works of art, we reflect on the queer history that literally hangs on the walls but has never been told. We see how 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.

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. For schools, the tour can also be an original way to discuss these themes with the class.