The Collection (1) | 20 years of S.M.A.K.

16 Mar 2019 – 29 Sep 2019

Event times

Tuesday – Friday 09:30 – 17:30
Saturday – Sunday, public holidays, school holidays 10:00 – 18:00

Cost of entry

15 euro individually, 13 euro reduction holders, 2 euro youngsters 19-26 y., up to 18 y. free admission.

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On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, S.M.A.K. is presenting this exhibition which includes about 200 works from the collection and, like the opening in 1999, it will occupy the whole museum.


In this exhibition, S.M.A.K. wants to look mainly at the present and the future. Well-known classics, outstanding newer works and also recent additions to the collection are to be used to show the position of the museum and of art in contemporary reality and to make new links with other, sometimes surprising and less well-known works in the collection.

‘The Collection (I): Highlights for a Future’ starts out expressly from the present-day conclusion that it is currently impossible to capture the social reality and the art world in one overarching linear storyline or concept. Inspired partly by the architecture of the S.M.A.K. building, the exhibition has been divided into seven sub-presentations, each of which spotlights a number of current trends in society and/or the art world and illustrates them with works from the museum collection. In addition to these proposed guidelines, the exhibition is intended in the first place to be a generous hand extended to the visitor. Visitors are warmly invited to immerse themselves in the labyrinth of contemporary art and to discover for themselves possible connections between the various artworks from the museum’s collection.

Three key works from the S.M.A.K. collection will also be returning temporarily to the place where they were initially created – the Museum of Fine Arts (MSK) – under the heading ‘There & Back’: Panamarenko’s 'The Aeromodeller' 'Wirtschaftswerte' by Joseph Beuys and 'Le Décor et son Double' by Daniel Buren. The second, private part of this work can be visited at the Herbert Foundation once a month during the course of the exhibition.

Lastly, the underlying dimension of ‘The Collection (I): Highlights for a Future’ is – as the title suggests – the need to create a proper building for contemporary art in Ghent so that the collection can be permanently displayed and housed under the best circumstances both in the museum and the reserves. 


Philippe Van Cauteren

Exhibiting artistsToggle

Francis Alÿs

Franky D.C

Marlene Dumas

Rein Dufait

Mekhitar Garabedian

Surasi Kusolwong

Henk Visch

Guillaume Bijl

Zvi Goldstein

Karin Hanssen

Chuck Close

Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman

Stanley Brouwn

Belu-Simion Fainaru

Joris Ghekiere

Manfred Pernice

Meggy Rustamova

Bjarne Melgaard

Salam Atta Sabri

Luc Deleu

Thierry De Cordier

Nairy Baghramian

Raoul De Keyser

Massimo Bartolini

Sven Augustijnen

Leo Copers

Kathe Burkhart

Jef Geys

Ricardo Brey

Werner Mannaers

Hamza Halloubi

Gilberto Zorio

Jim Dine

Koen van den Broek

Carsten Nicolai

Zhang Peili

Jan Van Imschoot

Tatjana Gerhard

Bernd Lohaus

Sophie Nys

Saskia Olde Wolbers

Walter Swennen

Philippe Van Snick

Richard Venlet

James Welling

Sven 't Jolle

Adam Vackar

Wilhelm Sasnal

Jac Leirner

Tove Storch

François Morellet

Henrik Olesen

Sam Durant

Narcisse Tordoir

Bart Stolle

Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven

Wolf Vostell

Raymond Hains

Verlust der Mitte

Jordan Wolfson

Annika Larsson

Javier Téllez

Carl Andre

Nina Canell

Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys

Meret Oppenheim

Nikolaas Demoen

Miroslaw Balka

Danny Matthys

Robert Gober

Robert Gober

Artur Barrio

Joana Escoval

Vincent Geyskens

Adrian Ghenie

Charbel-joseph H. Boutros

Joachim Koester

Louise Lawler

Art & Language

Marinus Boezem

David Hockney

David Hockney

Lili Dujourie

Peter Downsbrough

Nicolas Provost

Michaël Borremans

Giovanni Anselmo

Lee Kit

Richard Artschwager

Anri Sala

Andras Halasz

Oscar Murillo

Oswald Oberhuber

Pierre Bismuth

Royden Rabinowitch

Johanna Billing

Gaston Bertrand

Gerhard Richter

Henri Michaux

Jorge Macchi

Urs Pfannenmüller

Heide Hinrichs

Harold Ancart

Englebert Van Anderlecht

Jan Fabre

Daniel Buren

Daniel Buren

Johan De Wilde

Christoph Fink

Koenraad Dedobbeleer

Allora & Calzadilla

John Baldessari


David hammons

Dara Birnbaum

Kader Attia

Pascale Marthine Tayou

Marcel Broodthaers

Korakrit Arunanondchai

Wim Delvoye

Robert Therrien

Mark Manders

Lois Weinberger


Berlinde De Bruyckere

Ann Veronica Janssens

Michael E. Smith

Jean-Pierre Raynaud

Herman Van Ingelgem

Luc Tuymans

Rinus Van de Velde

Nedko Solakov

Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon


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