Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent  

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Portrait of a Kleptomaniac (1822) by Théodore Géricault
Portrait of a Kleptomaniac (1822) by Théodore Géricault

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The Museum of Fine Arts (MSK) in Ghent, Belgium is a fine arts museum which holds a large permanent collection of art from the Middle Ages until the mid 20th century. The collection focuses on Flemish Art (Southern Netherlands) but also has several European- especially French - paintings and a large section of 20th century art. It also has a large amount of sculptures.

The building was designed by city architect Charles van Rysselberghe around 1900.

Its top pieces are perhaps St. Jerome at Prayer and Christ Carrying the Cross, both by Hieronymus Bosch and Portrait of a Kleptomaniac by Théodore Géricault.


In 2007 the museum reopened after four years of restoration.

Here's an overview of the latest and current exhibitions (after the reopening).

The museum is a member of The Flemish Art Collection. This is a structural partnership joining the three main museums of fine arts in Flanders: Royal Museum of Fine Arts, the Groeninge Museum in Bruges and the Ghent Museum of Fine Arts. The museums’ collections have all been developed in a similar way and complement each other perfectly. Together, they offer a unique, representative overview of Flemish art from the 15th to the 20th century. As partners sharing the same responsibility in Belgian cultural heritage, the three museums exchange their expertise, they strive for a more sustainable, high quality management and international awareness of their collections, including works that are part of the world patrimony.


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