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Two masters of Ostend

James Ensor and Léon Spilliaert

James Ensor (1860 – 1949) and Léon Spilliaert (1881 – 1946). Two Masters of Ostend
Mu.ZEE, the Art Museum by the Sea, introduces a superb new collection featuring works by James Ensor and Léon Spilliaert in its brand-new wing.
Opening in September 2016
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 Edgar Allan Poe, Willy Finch, Emile Verhaeren, Henri Vandeputte, Emma Lambotte, Edmond Deman, André De Ridder, Théodore Hannon, J. K. Huysmans, Maurice Maeterlinck, Franz Hellens, Walter Benjamin, Stefan Zweig, Michel Van Cuyck, Richard Wagner, Honoré de Balzac, Paul-Gustave Van Hecke, Félix Labisse, Constant Permeke, Henri Storck, and Rik Wouters, to name but a few. They take us back to the Ostend of a bygone era, reflected in the city as it is today.

Mu.ZEE - Romestraat 11
8400 Oostende
Reservations, info etc : www.muzee.be / info [at] muzee.be

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