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Thierry De Cordier, Nada, 2012, oil paint on canvas, 11' 5 3/4“ x 7' 6 1/2”. Installation view, Saint Bavo Cathedral, Ghent. From “Sint-Jan.”

Sint-Jan

Saint Bavo Cathedral

Thierry De Cordier, Nada, 2012, oil paint on canvas, 11' 5 3/4“ x 7' 6 1/2”. Installation view, Saint Bavo Cathedral, Ghent. From “Sint-Jan.”

“Sint-Jan” was an unusual group show organized by Jan Hoet, director of Documenta 9 (1992) and head of Ghent’s SMAK from its founding in 1975 through 2003, in collaboration with independent curator Hans Martens. The show included some seventy works by sixty-four Belgian and international artists and served as a good complement to the concurrent TRACK, the so-called contemporary city conversation, which was a vast project with newly produced site-specific works in many locations throughout Ghent. “Sint-Jan” worked on a smaller scale and within strict physical boundaries (those of the glacial stone walls of the city’s Saint Bavo Cathedral) to explore a more focused topic: the immemorial link between art, religion, and spirituality.

“Sint-Jan” took its name from Saint John the Baptist, to whom the cathedral was originally devoted some eleven centuries ago, but it could easily be

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