The exhibition takes place in the fragmented cloister spaces and the former church of the museum. Each of the fourteen spaces of the Enlightened City approach a theme from different angles. The exhibition starts with the installation 'City One Minutes'. The installation of 24 video screens connects Ghent in a 24-hour period worldwide with 23 other cities and time zones. The cloister unlocks the various spaces and introduces the themes with hand painted titles and cartoons on its ancient walls. At the centre of each room is a cube of a metal frame with a fabric covering, graphically printed and with projections from the hollow interior.
An installation of moving solar simulators and tables with "twin maquettes” show five urban and architectural locations at Ghent at two different times in their history. It shows how the thorough transformation of each location had a completely different light as a result.
The church is the great and final area of the trail: the apotheosis which invite to reflect on the symbolism of light. A very large painting is placed opposite the altar. The painting in which the symbolism of light in the socialist struggle is contrasted with that of Christianity.
Foto’s Phile Deprez
In addition to the exhibition, there is also the richly illustrated book 'Enlightened city, about day, light and night' with various authors and edited by Terenja van Dijk and Patrick De Rynck, published by Lannoo and STAM and with the graphic design by Dooreman .