Capitalism, religion and the emergence of a new class in the Middle Ages
The Middle Ages come alive again in an old friary church in Ghent from 17 June to 1 January! Curious about how they worked, painted and enjoyed themselves in those days? Enter the friary door and take a look around The Birth of Capitalism, an exhibition with masterpieces of mediaeval art.

The world belongs to the adventurous
The exhibition’s full title is “The Birth of Capitalism. The Golden Age of Flanders”. More or less everyone knows that a great deal changed in the Middle Ages. However, a lot of questions remain about why this was such a ‘golden age’ and what role Flanders played in it. Answers to many of these questions become self-evident as you walk round the exhibition at the Caermersklooster. This was the ‘Silicon Valley’ of the Middle Ages – the epicenter of the technological, industrial and trade world.

The ‘Silicon Valley’ of the Middle Ages
Its paintings, works of art and practical artefacts are drawn from a range of Belgian museums and private collections and tell a story: about money (capitalism), about God and above all about the new man who emerged in the Middle Ages. The new people were self-confident. They did not allow themselves to be led by God or their masters at work, but controlled their own world and thus played an important role in society. Do you see some trace of yourself in these courageous, entrepreneurial people?

Adventure tour for the kids
We’re no longer living in mediaeval times, of course, so the media used to ensure that the exhibition is entertaining for all comers cover a broad sweep. Multimedia and image projections form a modern complement to the static art collection. Audio guides and a printed visitors’ guidebook are also available, and there is a Pieter-Paul app with which you can discover fun trivia about the artists, art and artefacts. Great things await junior explorers and fortune-seekers on the exciting adventure tour. 



“A beautiful location, a brilliant layout and a well-written audio tour. An exhibition which tells the story of the past to inform the present. In short, a great success.”