Client: Museum of Fine Arts Ghent
Designer: Pièce Montée
Location: Ghent, Belgium
Realization: 01-01-2020
Disciplines: Showcases
Work fields: Museum
Themes: Icon ArtIcon History

February 2020 the largest Jan van Eyck exhibition ever opened at the Museum of Fine Arts (MSK) Ghent. Only about twenty works by this Flemish master have been preserved worldwide. At least half of them have travelled to the MSK. The pieces have been brought together with work from Eyck’s studio and copies of paintings that have disappeared in the meantime. The exhibition also contains more than 100 masterpieces from the late Middle Ages. All works are spread over no less than 13 refurbished museum rooms.

In collaboration with design agency Pièce Montée and lighting agency Chris Pype, Bruns has created the exhibition ‘Van Eyck. An Optical Revolution’ within set delivery time. Bruns has had a leading role in advising, engineering and producing high-end conditional and burglar-retardant showcases.

Starting with advice on display case techniques to guarantee the perfect condition. This is very important to ensure the optimal preservation of the pieces.
Subsequently, 5 different types of display cases have been developed, namely: cheese-counters, wall display cases, table display cases, freestanding wall display cases and special types. Bruns has produced all types in very high quality according to the standard of the British guidelines. The showcases are airtight, with less than 0.1 air changes per day. The climate control is also of a very high level. This is controlled by implemented measuring equipment that sends a signal to the plant every 5 seconds. In addition, the showcases are equipped with opening and vibration sensors.

The works of art hang in different themed rooms, each with its own colour style. The back walls of the showcases are coloured with neutral paint, without harmful emission, in the same hue as the wall.

In short, a project with many requirements and specifications, integrally realized by the specialized team of Bruns in which all disciplines are guaranteed.

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