6 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!
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more