SMAK doen't dsplay it's collection, but rather a continuum of several overlapping temporary exhibitions of both established and new artists.
SMAK can be one of my favorite contemporary museums in Europe -- provided it is doing what it does best; pushing boundaries. Unfortunately, every now and then, it seems SMAK fails to make even an effort. Sometimes, however, it offers the most rewarding visit to a museums in a year or even years.
The building itself serves its purpose well: the interior is light, unassuming, and spacious. You might have difficulty in finding the museum though, as most traffic and tourist signs fail to mention SMAK.
I visit Ghent at least once a year, and SMAK is always included on my itinerary. Experience has taught me to plan a visit well ahead by consulting the SMAK website and choosing which exhibitions are unmissable. That'll be the time to go. I can recommend you to do the same; just dropping by to see what's up is a lottery; you might end up hugely disappointed. If you plan it right, you might end up paying a visit to the best museum experience in years.
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