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The Raft. Art is (not) lonely.

Mu.ZEE - 22/10/17 to 15/04/18

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"The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely.”, curated by Jan Fabre and Joanna De Vos, gathers works of 73 (inter-)national artists in Ostend, including 52 new creations by well-established artists like Michaël Borremans, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Luc Tuymans, Bill Viola, ...

‘The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely’ is not only an exhibition, but also a conversation with Ostend, the City by the Sea with its own distinct history and scent. The baseline of the dramaturgy of Mu.ZEE’s exhibition, which will be presented in various locations spread across the Belgian seaside resort, is the thorough research conducted into ‘The Raft of the Medusa’ (1818) by Théodore Géricault and Jan Fabre’s utopian raft ‘Art is (not) Lonely’ (1986). Although there is an unmistakable 170-year time difference and a completely different historical origin, both works tie in with each other thanks to their visualisation of the expedition and the destination of the artist, which is a theme acting as a metaphor of the condition humaine.

Good to know: During the easter holidays the raft. Art is (not) lonely will also be open on mondays!

21 locations

  • Mu.ZEE
  • Sint-Jozefkerk
  • Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe-Ter-Duinenkerk
  • Maritiem Plein
  • Galerie Teniers
  • Kursaal Oostende
  • Gerechtsgebouw
  • Poverello / Dominicanenkerk
  • De Peperbusse
  • Sint-Petrus- en -Pauluskerk
  • L’étage d’Euphronine
  • Wellington Hippodroom (stallingen)
  • Feest- & Cultuurpaleis
  • Europacentrum
  • Petit Nice
  • CultuurCentrum De Grote Post
  • Marie Joséplein
  • Brasserie du Parc
  • Stadhuis
  • Zeilschip Mercator
  • Venetiaanse Gaanderijen

Dining with art

During “The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely.”, a number of restaurants will be offering a special menu to accompany the exhibition. After finishing your meal, you will receive a charger plate, designed by Jan Fabre, which you can take home as a collector’s item. Inspiration for the various works of art has been drawn from extracts of his ‘Nachtboeken’ (‘The Night Books’).

During six months, you will be able to collect all six charger plates in the following restaurants:

PRActical INFO:

  • Dates: 21 October 2017 > 15 April 2018
  • Open on Mondays during the Easter holidays
  • Central location & ticket sale: Mu.ZEE
  • Price: 10 euro (week days) - 16 euro (weekends and holidays)
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