For a moment I too was deceived. The pinewood in the paintings of the Flemish painter Cornelius Gijsbrechts looks astonishingly real. With its knots and splinters even from up close it looks as if a piece of wood has been varnished.
Visionary Belgium, the exhibition that marks the 175th anniversary of Belgium, opens with a fairground attraction, Carrousel (1999) by Carsten Höller. Belgium, that is carnival. A country where the king steps down for one day to allow a law to pass, which he refused to sign.