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9 must see summer exhibitions

In the summer Ostend oozes vitality! Are you an art lover? Then Ostend is the right place for you. From Ensor to Spilliaert, from indoor exhibitions to outdoor art installations, you will surely find something to your liking! 

Street art in Ostend

Discover “The Crystal Ship” in Ostend: renowned and world-famous artists made enormous paintings on walls as well as fantastic art installations in open spaces.

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Ensor Dreams of mother-of-pearl

Where:
Mu.ZEE
When:
12/05/18 to 01/03/20

This new Ensor presentation consists almost exclusively of paintings and drawings from the collection of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp. With 38 paintings and some 650 drawings, the museum not only has the largest, but also the very best Ensor collection.

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TORNADO - Pascale Marthine Tayou

Where:
Mu.ZEE
When:
06/04/19 to 01/09/19

Tornado is Pascale Marthine Tayou’s solo exhibition in Mu.ZEE. It is the conclusion of an intense collaboration that began in early 2018 with a ‘prologue’ entitled Ik ben Gentenaar. During this time – and in anticipation of the exhibition – an artwork was added at regular intervals to the collection presentations in Mu.ZEE.

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Colonial Monuments in Belgium – Jan Kempenaers

Where:
Mu.ZEE
When:
28/04/19 to 13/10/19

Perhaps we don’t give it much thought anymore, but the truth is that there are a considerable number of monuments in Belgian public space that commemorate Belgium’s colonial past. In honour of King Leopold II's Congo Free State up to and including Congo's independence in 1960 – these monuments continue to occupy this space today. Jan Kempenaers selected and photographed around forty of them.

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Ostend fishing vessels

Where:
The City Museum
When:
25/05/19 to 22/09/19

The development of the shipping industry was of crucial importance to our regions. The establishment of fishing towns,the fishing trade and new fishing and storage methods gave a tremendous impetus to the development of various types of vessels, from the earliest times until today: from sailing sloops, one-masted (langbomer) and two-masted sloops and schovers (open, single-mast boats used for netting shrimp) to steam and gate trawlers.

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Exhibition: Destruction & reconstruction. Oostende 1944-1958

Where:
Venetiaanse Gaanderijen
When:
25/05/19 to 29/09/19

Ostend suffered heavily during the Second World War. All that was left in 1944 was a destroyed city, in ruins. Prominent buildings like the city hall, the Kursaal, the main post office, the hippodrome and the fish mine, as well as many picturesque houses along the coast, were razed to the ground. Not only that, important decisions with regard to urban planning made before the war were rejected. After the war, the then mayor Henri Serruys embarked on the reconstruction of his city.

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Expo ’44 - ’19. From liberation to collection

Where:
Raversyde
When:
04/04/19 to 06/08/19

September 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of Belgium’s liberation from the German occupation. After the landings in Normandy (6 June 1944) and the liberation of Paris (19-25 August 1944), Belgium was liberated in September 1944. The war left many traces. But what happened to the many objects from the Second World War?

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Sand sculpture Festival 2019

Where:
Zeeheldenplein
When:
22/06/19 to 08/09/19

With just sand and water, artists from around the world create a fantasy world full of magic.

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The mysterious city. Léon Spilliaert and Ostend

Where:
House of Spilliaert
When:
23/06/19 to 13/10/19

As a young artist, Léon Spilliaert was undoubtedly inspired by the diversity of his birthplace. Ostend, a city on the coast, an important port, but also a fashionable seaside resort! Ever restless, he would frequent the avenues and parks by day, and stroll along the promenade and Royal Galleries at night.

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