Restoration / Revelation - The exterior wings of the Ghent Altarpiece

Open 10 am till 5 pm
(access until 4.30 pm)
Closed each Monday
24, 25, 31/12 and 1/1


- children until 12 
- CityCard

2 euro everyone else (also groups)

12 euro combination ticket (admission to the 3 locations Sint-Bavo Cathedral, Museum for Fine Arts (MSK), Caermersklooster)


Caermersklooster Provincial Cultural Centre 
Entrance Lange Steenstraat
9000 Ghent (Belgium)
tel. +32 (0)9 269 29 10

Guided tours available on request from

vzw Gandante
+32 (0)9 375 31 61

De Gentse Gidsen
+32 (0)9 233 07 72

+32 (0) 498 10 99 61

In 2012 the restorers of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA, Brussels) started treatment of the Ghent Altarpiece by the Van Eyck brothers. No one expected this restoration to turn into a revelation: the real Van Eyck proved to have been hidden underneath overpaint for centuries!

The temporary exhibition restoration/revelation brings the tale of this spectacular intervention. An exploration journey through the old varnishes and overpaint… leading to the original work of Van Eyck.

Unique images from before, during and after restoration address all your questions: how did the restorers proceed? What scientific techniques did they use to confirm their observations or discover new elements? And – most of all – in what way did the overpaint transform the art work and what does it look like now?

The exhibition climaxes in a life-sized video projection of the exterior wings where
4 years of restoration are condensed in a few minutes… The whole evolution of the paintings visualized: a progressive revelation.
Feel like a restorer, go on exploration and experience the eterior wings of the Ghent Altarpiece as (n)ever before!

Curator: Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA, Brussels) –