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April 16th, 2010 von admin

From Department Store to Museum – in 1947 by the Belgian architect Gaston Eysselinck building was initially built up in the 80 years as a department store. In 1986 the building was opened with its large glass facades and over 14,000 square meters of exhibition space as a museum of modern art. The museum is located in the center of Ostend near the Leopold Park. At the opening time of the expressionist works Constant Permeke were shown. In 2009 it was decided for a merger of the Museum of Fine Arts and the Provincial Museum voor Moderne Kunst (PMMK) under the umbrella of the PMMK. Today the art is incorporated under the name “Art Museum aan Zee” or Mu.Zee and presents one of the largest collections of modern Belgian art. In permanent exhibition can be found today among other works by Pierre Alechinsky, Guy van Bossche, Amedee Coutier, Jan Fabre, René Magritte, George Minne, Panamarenko, Constant Permeke, Emil Salkin and Jef Verheyen.
The exhibitions are presented on five floors and there is a museum cafe next to a museum shop, where various exhibition catalogs, posters, postcards and maps are available.

From Expressionism to the Cobra movement toward modernity - In today’s Museum of Zee to get a comprehensive insight into the Belgian art from the beginning of the 20th Century. Especially rich is the collection of works by the Flemish expressionists. Especially the artist James Ensor and Leon Spilliaert be mentioned. Both artists were born in Ostend and remained of her life with her birth city and the surrounding area closely.

James Ensor – the soul of the Mu.Zee - In 2006/2007, the Museum presented on the occasion of its 20th anniversary, a major retrospective of the work of James Ensor, under the title: “James Ensor en de avant-garde aan zee”. At the time, was the major exhibition curated by Willy Van den Bussche, who is also chief curator of the PMCP (Provincial Museum in Constant Permeke Jabekke). Even now again on the occasion of the 150th Birthday of James Ensor in a retrospective called “A Visit to Ensor to visit.” (Until 29 August 2010)

The Cobra movement – a counter-movement to Surrealism - In addition to works of Dadaism and Surrealism, in particular by Rene Magritte and Delvaux, are in the extensive art collection including works of the Cobra movement represented, providing an interesting contrast just to Surrealism. On 8 Founded in November 1948 in a Paris cafe, the Cobra movement. The founding members were at the time the artist Asger Jorn, Constant, Christian Dotremont, Karel Appel, Joseph Noiret, Carl Henning Petersen and Corneille. Later joined other artists such as Eugene Brands, Jan Nieuwenhuys, Pierre Alechnisky, Anton Rooskens and Lucebert. The founding members were from the cities of Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam, and so they decided to form from the first letters of home towns, the word “Cobra”. In analogy to the danger of the same snake venom imagined the artists’ group is represented as a union, the deliberately worked against social and artistic standards, and stylistic devices of informal art is a reaction against Surrealism sought. The objective was a reflection on the expressive element in painting, was being worked increasingly with elements childishly naive painting and folk art. They wanted to break away from any bourgeois-conservative understanding of art and painting with a spontaneous gesture in abstract to figurative color and shapes.

Roger Ravel and Vis Gentil – from painting to installation - An impressive body of work is also Roger Raveel “What we really understand,” a brown sofa, next to a silhouette-looking white, black outlined figure. Another work of the artist’s “Man with Mirror” of 1962, which provides the viewer instead of a mirror image itself. Such a special relation to space and creates space Dreidimensionalität.Der reference in art Raveel will seduce especially in the installation “carts around the sky in my garden” clear: Before presenting a gray wall, a cart, which is surrounded with mirrors and so the ceiling of the museum (instead of the sky) is reflected. 1984 was the work of Vis Gentil “Hommage aan James Ensor,” earned: elements of this installation are a table, a chair and a stair railing and the remains of stucco. symbolically rests on a pillar James Ensor as “Master of the Mask”, together with the mi a coat veiled death.

Holidays in Oostende – next to concrete a touch of flair mundane - About 20 million tourists annually visit Ostend. For most of the east end is probably more of a stopover on the way to England. But in addition to art has much to offer in all kinds of Ostend: the pedestrian zone, which attracts between the dike, the extended trading port, and the Leopold Park, with its many street cafes and shopping malls, those lined up in bargain shops at exclusive boutiques. Also Ensor House, where he lived until 1917, it is the Vlaanderenstraat is worth a visit. The visitor embarks on a journey into the sometimes crazy and bizarre-looking world of the artist. At the turn of the century was a seaside resort of Ostend mundane flair. Even today, some Art Nouveau villas testify near the 8 km long beach from the prestigious ambiance of yesterday. Oostende was settled about the year 800th A particularly worthwhile goal also represents the great harbor where you can enjoy fine sailing yachts and fast catamarans that link to mainland Europe with the British island. Those who want to fish should also not miss the Visserskaai: This one receives a colorful and all kinds of fish and other marine animals are offered for sale in order to prepare at home in his apartment an enjoyable meal. Especially recommended is the delicious herring and sea snails, also called Wuloks. If you visit in the early morning hours Vismijn can here take a delicious breakfast to fish, and then marvel at Leopold Park on a digestive stroll the famous flower clock. If you take a city trip to Oostende, should visit the Nordzeeaquarium. Here, in the old crab hall you can admire flora and fauna of the North Sea.

Training ship Mercator - On the Mercator once he learned the Belgian merchant navy officers their profession. Today, the Mercator is situated in Ostend at anchor. Mercator 2012, 80 years old. The original interior of the ship is an ideal place for a nautical museum. On the long trips the ship many items were collected from different cultures, which can now be admired. To this day the tall ships sail regularly participates in events.

Kunstmuseum aan Zee, 11 Romestraat, Oostende, +32 (0)59 508118

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