The starting premise of the exhibition is Jan van Eyck’s skilful use of colour, which is fully revealed in all its glory during the restoration of the Ghent Altarpiece. Using oil paint and transparent, coloured glazes, Van Eyck was able to achieve an innovative variety of colour nuances, clarity and saturation in his paintings. His inspiring use of colour is the starting point for a selection of national and international designers. They all share an affinity with ‘colour’. The exhibition is conceived as a walk through the seven primary colours and the universe of pigment which Jan van Eyck and his contemporaries explored, with knowledge, inspiration and mystery serving as the underlayers. Projects by designers in various design disciplines (product design, crafts, textile design, graphic design, jewellery design, architecture…) will be exhibited in diverse colour ensembles. Some designers prefer to research colour, focussing on its materiality for example, while others are more interested in colour and perception, or the impact of colour in a spatial context.
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Jan Breydelstraat 5
9000 Ghent


From Friday, March 13, 2020
To Sunday, February 21, 2021


+32 9 267 99 99

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