Museumplein is an invitation to artists to create work that temporarily occupies Jan Hoetplein. This square connects different museums – S.M.A.K., MSK, and GUM – with each other and breathes Ghent’s history: it is flanked on one side by the Botanical Garden and embraced on the other by the Citadelpark. Thus, Jan Hoetplein is a special place with many possibilities.


With these presentations we like to dream about what the future may bring, and showcase a new series of artworks in public space. Museumplein invites a different artist every five months to create work for the five gigantic flags in the flowerbed in front of S.M.A.K. For five months, each work seeks connection with the square, the park, the city, and its residents, prompting us to reflect on the role that art can and should play in public space.


Museumplein is a project by artlead in collaboration with S.M.A.K.

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