The House of Alijn







This museum with beautiful interior garden, café and shop has a unique location in the historical centre of Ghent. The House of Alijn tells a timeless story about the culture of everyday life, a magnificent tale about all things great and small. In the museum, ordinary objects and curiosties offer a startling introduction to our common inheritance. They reveal the spirit of the times as well as ways and customs and they remind us of days past. You can zap into the digital photo album, listen to sound-recordings and plunge into film excerpts. In short, this museum offers a striking portrayal of the evolution of 20th century everyday life.



26.6.2016 – 15.1.2017

HOMELESS MOVIES is an ode to home movies, films once recorded in an intimate family setting with the intention of creating shared family memories. The experience of watching home movies will serve as the focal point both inside and outside of the museum’s walls.

Expo: Jasper Rigole
26.6.2016 – 15.1.2017

Fine artist Jasper Rigole has been collecting home movies for years, which he finds at flea markets, garage sales and second-hand shops. He analyses, catalogues and digitises them, building on what he calls an ‘archive of other’s memories’. These personal souvenirs enable us to peer into strangers’ pasts. They depict the leisure-time culture and daily life of the past, but also reveal to us something about the people behind the camera. Which moments did they deem worthy of committing to film? And which did they not? How do they see and capture their world? Jasper Rigole sees himself as an archivist, researcher and artist all at once. He immerses himself in the films he collects and creates something new out of them. His works will be on show at the House of Alijn starting 26 June.

In the city: six film booths
15.10.2016 – 15.1.2017

Mekhitar Garabedian, Eva Giolo, Katrin Kamrau, Jasper Rigole, Meggy Rustamova, Lisa Spilliaert
in collaboration with School of Arts Ghent (KASK) 

HOMELESS MOVIES also goes beyond the walls of the museum. The House of Alijn and guest curator Edwin Carels invite six artists to delve deep into the museum’s home movie collection and from it to distil a new film. Starting 15 October you will be able to discover the results of their work for yourself at various intriguing locations around Ghent. Film booths will be set up in public places around the city, offering the viewer a few minutes of isolation from the outside world. Peering into the memories of others, there is certainly an aspect of voyeurism involved.

The project elicits questions about the evolution of visual culture, identity, the use of media in the context of memory, and the dynamic between public and private contexts. The artists all belong to a young generation of visual artists that deal with moving image in an analytical but also personal way. All the artists are connected to the city of Ghent in one way or another.

> read the biographies

> programme 

essay by guest curator Edwin Carels


Artists & works

1 Mekhitar Garabedian - Nora (Gentbrugge, 2000), Laurice & Nora (Gentbrugge, 2010), Nora (Gentbrugge, 2016)  - 4'17"

2 Eva Giolo - Gil - 4'43"

3 Katrin Kamrau - Reference - 4'25"

4 Jasper Rigole - A house is not a home - 3'05"

5 Meggy Rustamova - Gemini - 3'05"

6 Lisa Spilliaert - Pic-Nic - 3'08"


1 Louis Pasteurlaan 2 - entrance KASK Café

2 Sint-Michielshelling 3 - Sphinx Cinema

3 Woodrow Wilsonplein 1 - Administratief Centrum Zuid - opening hours

4 Veldstraat 82 - Uitbureau & Cultuurdienst Stad Gent - Mo-Fr 8:00-17:00 / Saturday 10:30-16:00 / Sunday gesloten

5 Sint-Pietersstation - Entrance hall

6 Walpoortstraat 15- Minard Schouwburg

Previously ...

In 2004 the House of Alijn put out a request, ‘Wanted: moving image’. The response was overwhelming. More than 4,000 rolls of film – 8 mm, 9.5 mm and 16 mm – found their way to the museum. This marked the start of a digital film archive that would come to span a period from the 1920s to the 1990s. The footage received is an endless and fascinating source of information for the study of daily life.

HOMELESS MOVIES comes in the context of a European research project headed up by the universities of Maastricht and Groningen called Changing platforms of ritualised memory practises. The cultural dynamics of home movies (2012-2015). As of 27 May 2016, the exhibition Een eeuw thuisbioscoop (‘A Century of Home Cinema’) will be open to the public at the Limburgs Museum.



Het Huis van Alijn / The House of Alijn
Kraanlei 65, 9000 Gent
T 0032 9 235 38 00


Opening hours


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
closed on Wednesdays
Saturday, Sunday, holidays, school holidays 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Closed on December 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st / exceptionally open on Wednesday 28th December and 4th January


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10.30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
closed on Wednesdays
Saturday, Sunday, holidays, school holidays 10.30 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Closed on December 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st / exceptionally open on Wednesday 28th December


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
closed on Wednesdays
Saturday, Sunday, holidays, school holidays 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Closed on December 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st / exceptionally open on Wednesday 28th December



Information: - T 09 235 38 00

Reservations: BOEKjeBEZOEK - T 09 210 10 75




Gent Sint-Pieters: in front of the railway station, you take tram line 1, which takes you to the old Hall of Justice. The only terminus of that line is the stop 'Justitiepaleis'. From that point, you walk up the Veldstraat and over the Korenmarkt, continuing up to the Groentemarkt, in the direction of the Gravensteen (the Castle of the Counts). Having reached the Veerleplein, you turn to the right and follow the Kraanlei.

Gent-Dampoort: at the big roundabout (the platform is located under the viaduct), you take bus line 3 as far as the stop 'Sint-Jacobs - Vlasmarkt'. From that point, you walk to the Vrijdagmarkt and further in the direction of the old quarter Patershol. Go across the small bridge (Zuivelbrug) to the Kraanlei and follow it to the left.


Coming from the E40 or the E17 you take the exit Gent-Centrum and you follow the P-route up to the ‘Parking Vrijdagmarkt’. This underground car park (not free) lies within a stone’s throw from the museum.

If you want to avoid the city centre, you can drive to one of the free Park & Ride zones on the outskirts of town. You can park your car there and take public transport to the museum. Park & Ride zones are to be found near to Flanders Expo (E40/exit Flanders Expo – tram line 1), in Gentbrugge (motorway E17/exit 10 Gentbrugge – tram lines 21 and 22) and in Oostakker (E17/ R4, exit 3 Oostakker – bus lines 17, 18, 76, 77 and 78).


entrance fees

Individual: € 6,00
Reduced prices: € 4,50 inhabitants of Ghent, 55+, groups of 15 persons and more
  € 2,00 youngsters from 19 to 26
  Free admission Friends of the House of Alijn, children under 19, schools, escorts of disabled persons, journalists, members of VMV and ICOM, teachers’ card, guide card