Ghent's Museum of Fine Arts honours history of friends and donors in new exhibition

The Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent (MSK) will open its newest exhibition, Among Friends, on Saturday. The museum is celebrating its 225th year and 125 years of collaboration with "friends" of the museum.

Among Friends will explore the collaborative relationship between art collectors and the museum, with works from private collections, historical donations and MSK inheritances will be on display.

Visitors can see a wide array of art dating from the mid-14th century to circa 1960, including works by Rubens and Dubois. Dozens of pieces that are usually in a private residence will now be side by side with MSK's main collection.

"The museum has acquired some of its most prestigious works of art through donations, gifts and legacies from collectors," an MSK press release says. "It is very grateful to those who have been so generous and to those who continue to provide substantial support today."

The MSK has 450 donors who have donated more than 7,300 objects, just over 40 per cent of the total collection. Among Friends runs until 28 April.


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