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Ensor en Spilliaert museumvleugel. Twee grootmeesters uit Oostende

Ostend and James Ensor are inextricably linked. Ensor loved Ostend: the city served as his muse and inexhaustible source of inspiration. He loved it for its crowds, the tempestuous North Sea, the carnival that painted the streets in festive colours each year. The name of the painter Léon Spillaert, twenty years his junior, is also connected with this Queen of Seaside Resorts. His nocturnal rambles through the city and long walks along the beach spurred him to create his best works, dark and suffused with mystery. Although Ensor and Spilliaert were very different as artists, their names are often mentioned in the same breath.In Two Masters of Ostend, the museum aims, above all, to allow the masterworks that are the highlights of its collection to speak for themselves. Behind every work of art or document in our archives you will find a myriad of anecdotes and tales featuring and recounting the lives of people such as the judge Eugène Demolder, writer Edgar Allan Poe, scientist Ernest Rousseau, bacteriologist Mariette Hannon-Rousseau, artist Willy Finch, writer and art critic Emile Verhaeren, poet and director of the ‘Kursaal’ (casino) Henri Vandeputte, the patron and music lover Emma Lambotte, Brussels publisher Edmond Deman, art promoter and gallery owner Paul-Gustave Van Hecke, art critic and artist Théodore Hannon, philosopher Walter Benjamin, author Stefan Zweig, composer Richard Wagner, the French writers Honoré de Balzac and Alfred Jarry, the author of Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes, and the film-maker Henri Storck, to name but a few. They take us back to the Ostend of a bygone era, reflected in the city as it is today.

Opening hours

Open today from 10h to 18h.
Open tomorrow from 10h to 18h.
This week
Monday 11 Jan 202111 January 2021:
Tuesday 12 Jan 202112 January 2021:
10:00 to 18:00
Wednesday 13 Jan 202113 January 2021:
10:00 to 18:00
Thursday 14 Jan 202114 January 2021:
10:00 to 18:00
Friday 15 Jan 202115 January 2021:
10:00 to 18:00
Saturday 16 Jan 202116 January 2021:
10:00 to 18:00
Sunday 17 Jan 202117 January 2021:
10:00 to 18:00
Next week
Closed all week
In 2 weeks
Closed all week
Closing days
Monday 18 January 2021 to Monday 31 May 2021
Closed on 25/12 and 01/01



Romestraat 11
Oostende 8400
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Default price:
Kids up to 12 years:
Youngsters up to 26 years:
Groups from 15 people:
€7.5 per person

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