Agenda: music, nightlife, nature and parks, museums and exhibitions and food and drinks in Ostend

An unfinished symphony. Polyphony in the collection.

Where:
Mu.ZEE
When:
30/11/19 to 07/06/20

Mu.ZEE launched a collection valuation process in November 2018. Mu.ZEE employees thoroughly went through and examined part of the museum’s collection in collaboration with various partners in the socio-cultural field. The significance of the collection and how various works of art are of value to the museum were reflected on and contemplated. In the autumn of 2019, Mu.ZEE will review the outcomes of this participatory project. The results achieved will be presented at an exhibition that provides a splendid perspective into the museum's activities and collection, along with a host of new issues and rationales that sweep the public along on a journey through Mu.ZEE’s history and its future. What does it mean to value a collection? Which criteria do we adopt during this type of valuation process? What do we know and how should we proceed? The museum's mission and vision are what shape the theoretical framework of the valuation project. As a museum of modern and contemporary art in Belgium, we have a role to play in society. By valuing our works of art, we imbue these creations with meaning and contextualise them. We raise awareness about our artworks and attempt to come up with new interpretations and connections that we can present to visitors through exhibitions and digital access to the collection. On the one hand, our valuation was carried out by an internal valuations team, while on the other, Mu.ZEE relied on an external sounding board that is part of its broader network. We are interested in telling you about the participatory approach we adopted for this pilot project. But above all, we would like to invite you personally to help us value a work of art or an ensemble. Because valuation isn't just the task of a single person...

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Vincent Meessen & Samson Kambalu - History without a past

Where:
Mu.ZEE
When:
02/02/20 to 17/05/20

May 1968 is usually associated with uprisings and the student riots in Paris. Yet there was much more going on, and not only in the West. Protests were erupting all over the world, like a polyphonic scream that things must change. A ‘revolution’ was needed and one of the most striking voices belonged to the Situationists. This international avant-garde movement was strongly opposed to the prevailing consumer society and used all kinds of propagandistic strategies such as manifestos, pamphlets, films, slogans and public actions to ignite that revolution. Vincent Meessen and Samson Kambalu bring the movement’s approach and its resonance in contemporary society together in History Without A Past. The seed for this exhibition was planted – unconsciously – during the Venice Biennale of 2015, in which both artists presented work inspired by this international avant-garde movement. Samson Kambalu is a researcher, author, filmmaker and above all a visual artist. His films and installations reveal a profound interest in mixing and blurring different cultures and histories. With his multidisciplinary installations and videos, Vincent Meessen aims to feed our Eurocentric view of history with new and polyphonic insights. In History Without A Past, they both gather stories that originated in the margins. History is usually written by victors. What is handed down is a mere construction, based on selection and interpretation. The position of the historian holding the pen is of equal importance. The past isn’t something that we leave behind. Its interpretation, however, is a task that lies before us. Here, too, several histories emerge that are usually told in isolation. Meessen and Kambalu invite us to wander through the past and to feed it back into the present. Along the way we become acquainted with a number of fascinating figures, whose significance is rewritten according to the dialogue they enter into with each other and also with us, the visitors.

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Panamarenko and his contemporaries - "Learn to imitate the flight of birds"

Where:
Mu.ZEE
When:
07/12/19 to 18/10/20

Panamarenko and his contemporaries: Joseph Beuys, Marcel Broodthaers, Jef Geys, Hugo Heyrman, Bernd Lohaus & Bruce Nauman Panamarenko (1940-2019). A retrospective is being arranged in Antwerp, his hometown, and a number of Belgian museums will also be going the extra mile to highlight Panamarenko in 2020. Mu.ZEE keeps several of the artist's most renowned works and is displaying a selection of these in the Learn to imitate the flight of birds exhibition, in dialogue with works by Joseph Beuys, Marcel Broodthaers, Jef Geys, Hugo Heyrman, Bernd Lohaus and Bruce Nauman, among others.

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The Crystal Ship 2020 - postponed

When:
03/04/20 to 19/04/20

The Crystal Ship 2020 (03-19/04) will be postponed due to the recent developments concering COVID-19. Keep an eye on our website for more information about the new dates!

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Exhibition 'Before the wave' curator Joost Declercq

Where:
House of Spilliaert
When:
04/04/20 to 07/06/20

Joost Declercq is confronting the art of Léon Spilliaert with the work of Luc Tuymans, Jan Vercruysse, Lili Dujourie and Cris Brodahl.

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Barrio Cantina 2020

Where:
Zeeheldenplein
When:
12/06/20 to 14/06/20

A cozy market with original food trucks offering a range of world cuisine dishes. Mexican burritos, Vietnamese spring rolls, American hamburgers, Thai dumplings, Polé Polé Mojito's, ... Affordable and with an offer to everyone's taste, this is one large open-air restaurant with dozens of mobile kitchenettes. A bit of music, nice bars, nice seating areas and special animation create an excellent atmosphere.

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Q-Beach House 2020

Where:
Groot Strand
When:
27/06/20 to 30/08/20

Q-Beach House returns to Ostend every summer. It has live performances, music events and silent movies, which is watching a movie with headphones. Qmusic – a Flemish commercial radio station – broadcasts live from the Q-Studio.

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Belgium- Argentina

Where:
Mu.ZEE
When:
27/06/20 to 08/11/20

Art and cultural mediators between Belgium and Argentina ca. 1910-1958. With Michel Seuphor, Paul Delvaux, Georges Vantongerloo, Victor Delhez, Huib Hoste, Jozef Peeters, Jo Delahaut… and Emilio Pettoruti, Pablo Curatella Manes, Raquel Forner, Tomas Maldonado, Victor Magarinos, Xul Solar, Antonio Berni, Juan del Prete, Yente (Eugenia Crenovich) Binnenkort meer info

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Paulusfeesten - city festival

Where:
Sint-Petrus- en -Paulusplein
When:
10/08/20 to 16/08/20

Paulusfeesten is a city festival for young and old. The programme is varied and offers a wide range of music, street animation, workshops, art and children's entertainment. The organization of the Paulusfeesten is only made possible by the cooperation of more than 300 volunteers.

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North Sea Beer Festival 2020

Where:
Zeeheldenplein
When:
28/08/20 to 30/08/20

Ostend invites beer lovers from near and far to the North Sea Beer Festival being held over the last weekend in August 2019. Approximately 30 Belgian breweries and beer firms will be showcasing more than 200 Belgian speciality beers. There will be plenty of opportunity to sample some of the country’s better-known beers, and to discover many new brews, including several limited editions, as you explore the marquees dotted around the park. Alongside this extensive range of beers, food fans will find plenty to tickle their taste buds too. Several highly rated Ostend food trucks are keen to introduce you to their best dishes and will be cooking on the festival site.

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