Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (SMAK), Ghent

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2.9/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web
The Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst is a relatively new museum located in Ghent, Belgium, and is renowned both for its permanent collection and for its provocative exhibitions.HistoryThe new museum opened to the public on 7 May 1999. The collection concentrates on international developments in art after 1945, and was based upon works collected by the Contemporary Art Museum Association (created on 8 November 1957 at the instigation of Karel Geirlandt) and the Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst (set up in 1975 as the first Belgian museum devoted to contemporary art, housed in the Museum of Fine Arts, with Jan Hoet appointed as director).After Jan Hoet retired from the museum on December 1, 2003, Peter Doroshenko was in charge. After a trial period of one year, he was dismissed. The dismissal of Doroshenko caused much commotion. Artists and curators, headed by Luc Tuymans, feared for the future and independence of the museum. A petition was handed to the Chairman of the Board of Directors; culture vessels Sas Van Rouveroij. The dismissal was not reversed, but there were some changes in the organizational structure of the museum. Thus, Jan Hoet gave up his seat on the board of directors.Current directors are Philippe Van Cauteren (art director) and Philippe Vandenweghe (business director).
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  • Handsome exhibitions throughout the year. Staff can what civility training but the quality of the Expos does everything credit.
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  • Partly very fascinating lineups but also pieces that not us. All in all, more than worth it to have been.
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  • I do not recommend it. Too expensive for the exposed collections. I am on my hunger. However, this museum is located in a beautiful green area.
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  • I was there some time ago but the exhibition of modern art was very interesting. I had a nice sandwich and cafe before I went in. It is also not expensive to enter - I cannot remember exactly the price though. I saw someone reviewed this place one star because it was shut the day they went - I think that is really unfair. I had a great experience and told many friends about it.
  • all i can say about this place is...WOOOWWWW. very original, modern and very attractive and eye-catching.
  • Of all the museums I've visited around the world, SMAK is the most innovative. When I visited in summer 2014 they had positively absurd avant garde pieces, like a watermelon (yes, a real watermelon) laying there on the ground. It greatly expands the mind and challenges the visitor to think about art in a new way.
  • Excellent poem by Ina Vandebroek and the only piece I liked of all the exhibits on offer at S.M.A.K. this August 2015. The other exhibitions, though begging for attention were, IMO, a total waste of time. For a museum on that level, they were totally redundant and predictable. This exhibit is among the worst I have seen anywhere.
  • Good space for contemporary exhibitions, the rest depending on current schedule. I was not lucky
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