Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA)

‘Facing Van Eyck’

30 Oct.'20 →
14 Mar.'21

The Miracle of detail

Facing Van Eyck. The Miracle of Detail looks at Jan van Eyck’s extraordinary works through a contemporary lens. Thanks to pioneering digital techniques and new scientific research at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA), you can get closer to Van Eyck and his secrets than ever before. Take an immersive dive into Van Eyck’s pictorial microcosmos by zooming in on landscapes, architecture, textiles, human figures and everyday objects, and unveil fascinating details hardly visible to the naked eye. Benjamin Glorieux composed a Van Eyck-inspired piece especially for the exhibition - a sensory experience that fascinates both the eye and the ear. 

A richly illustrated film focuses on Jan van Eyck’s devotional images and links him to the Byzantine icon. By delving deeper into the reception and appropriation of Byzantine models in Van Eyck's work the film explores the religious and artistic exchanges between East and West in the 15th century.

A new way of looking at Jan van Eyck's oeuvre through 20 digitized works that show you the radicality and freshness of his fascinating visual language!

​​​​​​​Can't wait to visit this exhibition? You can already take a virtual dive via our 3D scans.

Practical information


BOZAR/Centre for Fine Arts

Ravensteinstraat 23 1000 BRUSSELS

Tue - Sun, 10 am - 6 pm
Closed on Monday


With Facing Van Eyck KIK-IRPA wishes to show its support after the fire at BOZAR on 18 January 2021,  and thanks its visitors for their solidarity.