Destination: Ghent
Top Ten
1 The Ghent Altarpiece
2 Gravensteen
3 Kerkhof Campo Santo
4 Kuip van Gent
5 Patershol
6 Prinsenhof
7 St Baafskathedraal
8 St Elisabethbegijnhof
9 Stedelijk Museum voor Aktuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.)
10 Vrijdagmarkt
9 Stedelijk Museum voor Aktuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.)

Only tomorrow's art will be more up to the minute than the work exhibited here.

Jan Hoet is a name to conjure with in the art world - he is both feted and reviled. He was the manager of the world-famous exhibition Documenta IX in Kassel and that was right up his street, because he personifies what is typified by contemporary art. He fought for years to achieve such a museum of contemporary art in his own city and in 1999 he achieved it in the shape of S.M.A.K. The former casino has become more than a museum, providing a space where the artist and the visitor can enter into dialogue with each other, without lifeless objects on a wall; where live performances are put on and the artists create their work on the spot. There are even dance parties and events.

In this building you can admire the work of the very finest modern artists: Panamerenko, Joseph Beuys, Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol, Roger Raveel, Pierre Alechinsky, Jan Fabre, Luc Tuymans, Edward Lipski and Johannes Kahrs. These are just a few of those whose work forms part of the vast collection, a collection so large that completely new special exhibitions can be held regularly. In this museum Andy Warhol is an 'Old Master' while the collection is rounded off with names that sound familiar only to insiders in the modern art world.

For everyone, enthusiast or not, S.M.A.K. makes a refreshing change after seeing the Flemish Primitives elsewhere in the city.

Address: Citadelpark
Phone: 09-2211703
Open: Tue-Sun 10-6
Restaurant: Restaurant in museum (Expensive)
Bus: Bus 5, 50, 53, 58, 76; tram 12, 13
Accessible: Very good
Admission: Very expensive
Practical: Reserve a guided tour in writing: fax 09-2217109

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