Discover the magnificent collection of art works by James Ensor and Léon Spilliaert in Mu.ZEE’s - the Art museum at Sea! - brand-new wing.
Starting from May 1st 2016
Ostend and James Ensor are inextricably linked together. James Ensor loved “his” Ostend. The city was his muse and his source of inspiration. He loved the city with its many people, the turbulent North Sea, the carnival that brightens the streets of Ostend every year… The painter, Léon Spilliaert, twenty years younger than Ensor, is also inseparably attached to Ostend. Léon Spilliaert created his best works of art, the dark and mysterious ones, thanks to his wanderings at night through the city and along the beach. Although Ensor and Spilliaert were very different from each other, their names are often mentioned together.
With ‘Two masters of Ostend’, the museum tries to make the masterpieces come to life. Every work of art and each document has its own short or long story about the artists or about persons that were important at one time or other in the life of either Ensor or Spilliaert.To name but a few: composer Richard Wagner; the French author and translator Honoré de Balzac; Alfred Jarry; film producer Henri Storck... They bring fascinating stories from Ostend’s past, seen through the eyes of Ostend’s present.