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Kris Martin | EXIT

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Kris Martin | EXIT

Time: May 26, 2020 at 10am to January 3, 2021 at 6pm
Location: S.M.A.K.
Street: jan hoetplein, 1
City/Town: Gent
Website or Map: https://smak.be/en/exhibition…
Phone: 093236001
Event Type: exhibition
Organized By: S.M.A.K.
Latest Activity: May 26, 2020

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Event Description

‘EXIT’ is the first Belgian retrospective dedicated to the work of Kris Martin (b. 1972, Kortrijk, Belgium). After having shown his work internationally for twenty years, the Belgian public is finally being given the opportunity to get to know his eloquent oeuvre in more detail. From existing objects Kris Martin creates images that raise questions about concepts such as transience, identity and death. These are themes that have traversed art history for centuries. The artist also weaves art history, literature and myths into his work. Moreover, he plays on mechanisms such as recognition and alienation in order to make us think about the bigger questions.

In S.M.A.K., Martin plays subtly with the work of Jan van Eyck. In ‘Eve and Adam’ (2017), for example, he makes us look at the representation of our ancestors in ‘The Ghent Altarpiece’ (1432) in a completely different way. Meanwhile, the Ghent altarpiece is back in St Bavo’s Cathedral, where the work of three contemporary artists – Kris Martin, Lies Caeyers and Sophie Kuijken – who were inspired by its form, technique and content will also be shown. The work ‘Altar’ (2014) by Kris Martin is installed outside and can be seen next to the portal of the cathedral.

Due to COVID-19 we can only admit 30 visitors per hour.

That's why it is necessary to book a ticket in advance for a certain day and time:

- Online: https://smak.be/en/visit-smak/tickets

- By calling: +32(0)9 210 10 75 (every weekday from 9:00 to 12:30 and from 13:30 to 16:00).

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