Ghent may have been a long way from the front during the First World War, but that doesn’t mean the conflict passed the city by. Quite the reverse, in fact. German troops arrived in the city on October 12th 1914, the beginning of an occupation that lasted over four years. Ghent came under military rule, making living conditions extremely harsh and depriving the city of almost all contact with the rest of the country. The people of Ghent faced mass unemployment and an ever more acute shortage of food. Daily life was dominated by constant demands, checks and strict censorship. The saddest milestones were the deportation of 12,000 workers and the execution of 52 citizens.
This summer STAM tells that story with an outdoor photographic exhibition in the gardens in front of the museum.
Photographs, taken by the occupier during the war and belonging to the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK/IRPA) are juxtaposed with textual and visual material from Ghent City Archive. Sometimes the photographs say more than we might think at first glance, but they can also give a distorted picture of the reality of everyday life.
We recognize people by their silhouette, cities by their skyline. This exhibition challenges our often all too cursory glance at a city. STAM, in association with Museum Rotterdam.
Feel free to touch! A fun children’s trail that leads through every room in the museum. Children become merchants, craftspeople, architects or city trippers and participate in city life. They sell cloth, make coats of arms, face façades and work out routes.
STAM turned ten last year... time for a make-over for the permanent exhibition! Since the end of 2020 you can stroll through the new Story of Ghent.
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