2020 was to be the year of Jan van Eyck... Unfortunately, our plans had to be shelved due to the pandemic. However, as the town from which this Flemish master hails we want to celebrate this famous painter of the Ghent Altarpiece in an original and up-to-date way in 2021.
What’s planned this year?
Exhibition: Le pouvoir se mange seul
From Friday 11 June to Saturday 31 July 2021
The full-sized Ghent Altarpiece in the modern interpretation of the Congolese-Belgian artist Vévé ‘Shake’ Mazimpaka (°1967, Elsene).
For an exhibition at St Bavo’s Cathedral in 2016 Vévé presented her own interpretation of the lost panel of the Ghent Altarpiece, The Just Judges, by the Van Eyck brothers, titled My latest iPhone Pic, The (Un)just Judges (2016). This gave her the idea of repainting the twelve panels of the Ghent Altarpiece at actual size in the modern interpretation Le pouvoir se mange seul.
As well as a visual artist, Vévé ‘Shake’ is also the frontwoman of Brussels band La fille d’Ernest, which includes former members of The Scabs, The Wolfbanes and Red Zebra. She won the Artist Award at the Africa Film Festival in 2017.
- Exhibition opens at 18.30 on 11 June. To mark the opening Vévé will talk about her work and play an intimate set.
- Venue: Saint Catharina’s Church in Maaseik
- Free entry
Other Van Eyck year activities and publications
- In Van Eyck’s footsteps
- The second Van Eyck symposium: Saturday 6 November 2021
- Aqui’AlterA in concert: Sunday 28 November 2021
- Publication ‘Van Eyck Consensus’ for various (school) groups. Four articles were published on the ‘Van Eyck Consensus’ and the ‘origins of the Van Eyck brothers’ in De Maaseiker magazine in the original Van Eyck Year 2020. All four articles can be downloaded here.