Автор фото: Westtoer / Jan D'Hondt
Van Eyck in Bruges

Van Eyck in Bruges

This exhibition will familiarise you with Jan van Eyck’s Bruges period and uses authentic documents to demonstrate what kind of lifestyle the artist led in Bruges and where he lived. The exhibition is devoted to two masterpieces by the Burgundian court painter from Bruges: 'Madonna with Canon Joris Van der Paele' and 'Portrait of his wife Margaretha van Eyck'. The exhibition also focuses on Joris van der Paele. He bore witness to the power-games which were played out between the pope and the antipope and was involved with negotiations concerning the Hundred Years’ War and the councils. Books and letters which he wrote as notary/secretary to the pope have been lent out from the Secret Archives of the Vatican for the first time ever.
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Meet & greet Van Eyck

Meet & greet Van Eyck

Bruges is the cradle of the Flemish primitives and was the home town of painter Jan van Eyck in the 15th century. This walk will take you to the painters’ neighbourhood, where you will find the Gouden-Handstraat – the street on which van Eyck lived and worked. You will visit the Jan van Eyckplein, where you can see his statue and admire the Poortersloge (Burghers' Lodge), which housed the City Academy of Fine Arts until the end of the 19th century. Van Eyck’s painting ’Madonna with Canon Joris van der Paele’ was also kept here. On Burg Square you will see the place where Jan van Eyck was buried and learn about his connection with the City Hall. At the Prinsenhof (Princes' Court) you will find out all about the grandeur of the Burgundian court, where van Eyck had an important role as the court painter. On this walk you will not only follow van Eyck’s daily commute; the guide will also be introducing you to some hidden places in the city. You are entitled to a discount on your entrance into the Groeninge Museum upon presentation of your ticket. Guided tour in Dutch, French, German or English.
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Memling Now: Hans Memling in contemporary art

Memling Now: Hans Memling in contemporary art

Hans Memling was one of the most significant painters of the Burgundian Bruges genre. He painted three altarpieces for the medieval Sint-Janshospitaal. These are considered to be masterpieces amongst the artwork of the Flemish primitives. The world-renowned Ursula Shrine is also one of his works. Hans Memling is a source of inspiration for various contemporary artists and this Bruges exhibition highlights his influences for the first time. As well as a range of portraits by Joseph Kosuth – one of the forefathers of conceptual art – there will also be works on display by African-American painter Kehinde Wiley (who painted an official portrait of Barack Obama) and Syrian-American artist Diana Al-Hadid. Belgian artist David Claerbout will also be creating a new piece of work for this project.
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