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 artists

Wolf Vostell

Richard Venlet

Gilberto Zorio

Ann Veronica Janssens

Thierry De Cordier

Gaston Bertrand

Manfred Pernice

Heide Hinrichs

Ricardo Brey

Johanna Billing

Jordan Wolfson

Anri Sala

Franky D.C

Dara Birnbaum

James Welling

Danny Matthys

Belu-Simion Fainaru

Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys

Mekhitar Garabedian

Jef Geys

Koen van den Broek

Peter Downsbrough

Marlene Dumas

Louise Lawler

Andras Halasz

Luc Deleu

Adrian Ghenie

Christoph Fink

Vincent Geyskens

Korakrit Arunanondchai

Lee Kit

Mark Manders

Jan Fabre

Jean-Pierre Raynaud

Nicolas Provost

Philippe Van Snick

Jac Leirner

Miroslaw Balka

Luc Tuymans

Koenraad Dedobbeleer


Annika Larsson

Verlust der Mitte

Royden Rabinowitch

Richard Artschwager

Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman

Joachim Koester

Berlinde De Bruyckere

Charbel-joseph H. Boutros

Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon

John Baldessari

Bernd Lohaus

Nina Canell

Stanley Brouwn

Henri Michaux

Art & Language

Joris Ghekiere

Urs Pfannenmüller

Artur Barrio

Allora & Calzadilla

Tatjana Gerhard

Sam Durant

Javier Téllez

Karin Hanssen

Lois Weinberger

Jim Dine

Sophie Nys

Herman Van Ingelgem

Jorge Macchi

Wilhelm Sasnal

Werner Mannaers

Tove Storch

Salam Atta Sabri

Nikolaas Demoen

Henk Visch

Francis Alÿs

Henrik Olesen

Walter Swennen

Wim Delvoye

Narcisse Tordoir

Nairy Baghramian

Englebert Van Anderlecht

Rein Dufait

Bjarne Melgaard

Carsten Nicolai

Marinus Boezem

Carl Andre

Joana Escoval

Hamza Halloubi

Meggy Rustamova

Gerhard Richter

Giovanni Anselmo

Michaël Borremans

Adam Vackar

Oswald Oberhuber

Raymond Hains

Robert Gober

Robert Gober

Lili Dujourie

Zhang Peili

Jan Van Imschoot

Saskia Olde Wolbers


Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven

Oscar Murillo

Sven 't Jolle

Raoul De Keyser

Sven Augustijnen

Bart Stolle

Nedko Solakov

Johan De Wilde

Harold Ancart

Massimo Bartolini

Kader Attia

Guillaume Bijl

Daniel Buren

Daniel Buren

Pierre Bismuth

Leo Copers

Chuck Close

Marcel Broodthaers

David Hockney

David Hockney

Meret Oppenheim

Rinus Van de Velde

Michael E. Smith

Robert Therrien

David hammons

François Morellet

Pascale Marthine Tayou

Kathe Burkhart

Surasi Kusolwong

Zvi Goldstein


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