Facing Van Eyck. The Miracle of the Detail

24 September 2020 to 10 January 2021

'Facing Van Eyck' focuses on the development of the visual language of the Flemish Primitives and the influence of Byzantine icons. The exhibition follows in the footsteps of the pilgrims and crusaders that, in the Middle Ages, travelled from the West to the Holy Land. They journeyed through Byzantium and discovered its culture, which they then spread upon returning home. The stylistic evolution of Flemish Primitives, such as Van Eyck, Van der Weyden or Memling, is displayed in much detail by means of paintings, prints and sculptures.

Facing Van Eyck visually catapults visitors into Jan Van Eyck’s paintings. Thanks to amazing digital techniques and new scientific research at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA), all the secrets of his work are revealed, pixel by pixel. Never before has it been possible to get so close to Van Eyck’s characters and techniques as in this exhibition experience.

The exhibition is co-produced by BOZAR, Musea Brugge, the Flemish Research Centre for the Arts in the Burgundian Netherlands, and the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage. The exhibition curator is Till-Holger Borchert, Director of the Groeninge Museum, Bruges and renowned researcher in the field of Flemish Primitives.

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