Hey Jan - The little empire of Jan Van Eyck
In 2020, Ghent puts the spotlight on one of its finest: Jan Van Eyck. The kid-oriented museum “De Wereld van Kina” does this with “Hey Jan - The little empire of Jan Van Eyck”. An exhibition - nay, a playground! - that clashes the world of Jan Van Eyck with the world of skate culture.
They approached us to to create the centrepiece: a life-size animated version of the Ghent Altarpiece. They provided us with a ton of fun facts to go wild with. We converted these in 3 minutes worth of gags. So behind every graffiti-spraying skater, rapping angel or rain of blood there’s a surprisingly historically accurate backstory.
Why was the Ghent Altarpiece so important?
As the defining monument of the “new realism” of Northern Renaissance art, the Ghent Altarpiece (Cathedral of Saint Bavo, Ghent, Belgium) was regarded as both the foundation of a distinguished tradition, and an exemplary achievement to challenge all later artists.
Citation:Jones, Susan. “The Ghent Altarpiece.” In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/... (October 2002)