From Scratch to Scratch

An online exhibition with a contemporary angle on OMG! Van Eyck was here.

Robin Lopvet, La bataille d'égo de l'agneau mystique, 2020 © Robin Lopvet

Welcome to From Scratch to Scratch, an online exhibition offering contemporary angle on Jan and Hubert Van Eyck’s Ghent Altarpiece (The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, 1432) and the cultural programme of OMG! Van Eyck was here in Ghent. La bataille d’égo de l’agneau mystique (The ego battle of the Mystic Lamb) is an animated video of the Ghent Altarpiece created by Robin Lopvet and presented for the exhibition’s online opening. Inspired by the recent restoration of the polyptych and the abundance of images of the Van Eyck brothers’ masterpiece on the Internet, Lopvet has animated the painting using images from before and after the restoration. Produced during the 2020 lockdown and after the exhibition format changed from physical to digital, Lopvet proposes a light and humorous view on the work of the Old Masters, diverting our attention from certain details while creating new and somewhat satirical and comical narratives. The use of low resolution images taken from the Internet create a digital substitute, that decentralises the impact of the physical painting, and further questions the relationship between image reproduction and tangible experience. In times where physical openings and vernissages are impossible La bataille d’égo de l’agneau mystique becomes a digital performance introducing From Scratch to Scratch.