Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (SMAK), Ghent

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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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  • July 27, 2017
    A museum to be closed. An unnecessary waste of time and money. We only visited the immense and empty rooms. Just some sad installation ... insignificant. Really sad. Very booooring! Too bad.
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  • July 21, 2017
    We were blown away with the cleverness and creativity shown in the three major exhibits here. In one space that has paintings on the wall, mattresses and personal belongings line the walls. This symbo...  more »
  • July 6, 2017
    The temporary Congo-village was really top. Here is a simulated village in Congo, with a barber shop, a disco, shops, a class. ... The children find it really fine and instructive, they may go through anywhere, can all touch ... The rest of the museum told us nothing, maybe we are there ... ... for. A large hall with a small work that they call art, a larger room with a smaller work. Thanks to the Congo village was still nice, otherwise really not recommended.
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  • June 28, 2017
    Where Jan meets his soul... Contemporary Art
  • July 4, 2017
    A must for those who love modern art.
  • December 22, 2016
    Just modern art. I was not touched by the exhibition. Small collection and a bit pricey.
  • February 4, 2017
    Free/ low priced for locals. Watch the offers on sundays :)
  • October 25, 2016
    Great collection, but the museum is to small. There are no self guided audio tours. Friendly service.

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