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Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (SMAK)

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Address: Jan Hoetplein 1, Ghent 9000, Belgium
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+32 9 221 17 03
10:00 - 18:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 18:00

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Nice building but not very nice exhibition

The building it self and especially the lighting was very nice. But the actual exhibitions did not apeel to me. Some boring photograhper and Gagarin.

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Linkoping, Sweden
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Linkoping, Sweden
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The building it self and especially the lighting was very nice. But the actual exhibitions did not apeel to me. Some boring photograhper and Gagarin.

Thank awnil
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Not a large museum but the quality was good. Information available in many languages. Installation by one artist covered entire floor.

Thank mskikkers
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

A very poor museum, nothing worth to see including the present exhibitions. By contrast, great cafeteria.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

I have been here lots of times during my childhood but I have seen a lot of chances being made over the last couple of years. Since the museum boss' illness (sadly he passed away now) the expositions don't seem quite as interesting anymore. Maybe that's just my opinion. Although it's worth giving this museum a shot, because there will... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

Free under 19 years old! Under 26 (I think) it's only 10 euros a year for free entrance year round! And free guided tours!

Thank Jasmin D
Portland, Oregon
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016 via mobile

The upper floor of the SMAK is closed at the moment, so a visitor is resigned to wander the sparse exhibits on the 1st floor. The photographs from Iraqi artists are the highlight, but certainly not worth the price of admission. It's slim pickings at SMAK. If you want to go somewhere interesting, check out the STAM instead.

Thank Marthapel
Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

Stedelijk Museum voor Acktuele Kunst (SMAK) is a museum of contemporary Arts at Citadel Park in Ghent where you can see a fair number of exhibitions showcasing the works of European contemporary artists. Opening Hours are 10-6pm daily and entry fee is €8 per person. Of the exhibitions that were being held during our visit, we most enjoyed Donogood Tonka... More 

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Ghent, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2016

This is a museum of contemporary art (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst), with a small permanent collection, but mostly with exhibitions of current artists. This museum is only for those who appreciate contemporary and experimental art. It has a focus on Belgian and European contemporary art, with several smaller and normally one larger exhibition. For those interested in modern Belgian... More 

Thank Katrien S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016

This would be better described as a gallery than a museum because it showcases specific artists rather than providing an explanation to and examples of 'modern art' as that term is usually understood. The entrance doors are lovely, with white line image son them. I can recall an upturned beetle car made into a hanging hammock-type bed, the doors removed,... More 

Thank Jane J
Warsaw, Poland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016

SMAK focuses on contemporary Belgian artists. Great place to see if you have a few hours to kill. It's not very expensive and boasts a few floors of exhibitions in various styles and techniques.

Thank Aga Z

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