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Oostende Koerse

Where:
Wellington Renbaan
When:
Mon 19 Aug 2019

A day at the races. Experience the horse races live every Monday in July and August at the Wellington Racecourse. The various races start from 4 pm. While adults place their bets and follow the races in suspense, there is special enternainement for children.

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Ensor Dreams of mother-of-pearl

Where:
Mu.ZEE
When:
12/05/18 to 01/03/20

This new Ensor presentation consists almost exclusively of paintings and drawings from the collection of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp. With 38 paintings and some 650 drawings, the museum not only has the largest, but also the very best Ensor collection.

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TORNADO - Pascale Marthine Tayou

Where:
Mu.ZEE
When:
06/04/19 to 01/09/19

Tornado is Pascale Marthine Tayou’s solo exhibition in Mu.ZEE. It is the conclusion of an intense collaboration that began in early 2018 with a ‘prologue’ entitled Ik ben Gentenaar. During this time – and in anticipation of the exhibition – an artwork was added at regular intervals to the collection presentations in Mu.ZEE.

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Sand sculpture Festival 2019

Where:
Zeeheldenplein
When:
22/06/19 to 29/09/19

With just sand and water, artists from around the world create a fantasy world full of magic.

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Evening Market

When:
Sun 18 Aug 2019

on the promenade of the Mariakerke district.

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James Ensor and Léon Spilliaert. Two Masters of Ostend

Where:
Mu.ZEE
When:
30/04/16 to 09/01/26

Mu.ZEE, the Art Museum by the Sea, introduces a superb new collection featuring works by James Ensor and Léon Spilliaert in its brand-new wing.Opening in May 2016

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New at Mu.ZEE: The Raoul Servais Wing

Where:
Mu.ZEE
When:
30/06/18 to 30/06/21

Raoul Servais (born 1 May 1928, Ostend) is a renowned animation filmmaker. In the early 1950s he studied applied arts at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent (KASK). Servais painted and drew, and was very active in graphics too, but from the beginning his heart was always in animation films. The artist had neither experience nor financial means, but his curiosity and drive were enormous. In 1960 he was able to start work as a teacher at KASK, where he developed the first animated film course in Europe. In total, he made sixteen animated films. Between Havenlicht (Harbour Light, 1960) and Tank (2015) there is a gigantic evolution in style and technique. With each new film production, you feel his curiosity for new and hitherto unknown ways of creating imagery and atmosphere. Raoul Servais has won many international film prizes, such as the Palme d’Or in Cannes (Operation X-70, 1971 & Harpya, 1979) and the Primo Premio in Venice (Chromophobia, 1966). Servais’s love of animation is a shared love. As of summer 2018, it can be enjoyed on a permanent basis in the Raoul Servais Wing of Mu.ZEE. A large selection of original documents, (cellophane) drawings and films will have a permanent place there. This wing of the museum is not intended to be the end destination for the rich oeuvre of this star of the film industry, but a new start, an inspiring place for young filmmakers.

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Colonial Monuments in Belgium – Jan Kempenaers

Where:
Mu.ZEE
When:
28/04/19 to 13/10/19

Perhaps we don’t give it much thought anymore, but the truth is that there are a considerable number of monuments in Belgian public space that commemorate Belgium’s colonial past. In honour of King Leopold II's Congo Free State up to and including Congo's independence in 1960 – these monuments continue to occupy this space today. Jan Kempenaers selected and photographed around forty of them.

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The mysterious city. Léon Spilliaert and Ostend

Where:
House of Spilliaert
When:
23/06/19 to 13/10/19

As a young artist, Léon Spilliaert was undoubtedly inspired by the diversity of his birthplace. Ostend, a city on the coast, an important port, but also a fashionable seaside resort! Ever restless, he would frequent the avenues and parks by day, and stroll along the promenade and Royal Galleries at night.

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Exhibition: Destruction & reconstruction. Oostende 1944-1958

Where:
Venetiaanse Gaanderijen
When:
25/05/19 to 29/09/19

Ostend suffered heavily during the Second World War. All that was left in 1944 was a destroyed city, in ruins. Prominent buildings like the city hall, the Kursaal, the main post office, the hippodrome and the fish mine, as well as many picturesque houses along the coast, were razed to the ground. Not only that, important decisions with regard to urban planning made before the war were rejected. After the war, the then mayor Henri Serruys embarked on the reconstruction of his city.

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