The restoration of the Ghent Alterpiece
Since October 2012, Bart Devolder has coordinated the restoration project at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage. It is estimated that the restoration will be complete and put back in its original place on display in Saint Bavo’s Cathedral in 2020. Until then, you can visit the Museum of Fine Arts (MSK) in Ghent where the altarpiece is being restored. You’ll gain an excellent insight into the restoration work.
An exhibition on the work’s rich history, spanning almost six centuries, can be viewed at Ghent’s Caermersklooster (an old convent) for the duration of the restoration period. The exhibition is called ‘The Ghent Altarpiece Revealed’. It will be supplemented with temporary exhibits focusing on specific themes, such as the origin of the wooden panels and the iconography of the work.