Van Eyck’s Colours in Design
An exhibition about the innovative and diverse use of colour, linking the past and present with each other.
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.
The period rooms of Hotel de Conick will also be incorporated in this exhibition. They will be transformed into experience rooms where contemporary designers will be invited to exhibit a project or create a new work, on the theme of colour and the senses.
In 2020, the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent (MSK) is organising Van Eyck. An Optical Revolution. This will be the biggest Jan van Eyck exhibition ever seen. Worldwide, there are only some twenty works by this Flemish Master preserved, of which at least half of them are traveling to Ghent. Combine Van Eyck in the MSK with a visit to Van Eyck’s Colours in Design in Design Museum Gent on a day of your choice from 13.03.2020 onwards.