Ensor 1940


Atlantikwall Raversyde
Nieuwpoortsesteenweg 636
Oostende 8400
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Sat 9 Mar 2024 to Mon 11 Nov 2024



Unfortunately, in May 1940, during a bombing raid on our city, three paintings and several etchings by James Ensor were lost. Today, those three lost paintings are being reproduced in full size with the cooperation of the Academy of Art. They are appropriately displayed in a bunker on the Atlantic Wall Raversyde provincial grounds. In this war-like environment, the artworks hang, untouched by time and violence, with a striking contrast between their beauty and the ravaged concrete space. This underscores the enduring impact of war, while Ensor's timeless splendour triumphs. In view of current conflicts, the event from Ensor's life retains a current social significance, 84 years after the bombing.