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Mu.ZEE, Ostend
(3.3/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web)
The Mu.ZEE is a museum in Ostend, Belgium, specialized in Belgian art from 1830 on. It was created in 2008 by fusion of the former Provinciaal Museum voor Moderne Kunst (PMMK, the museum for modern art of the Province of West-Flanders) and the Museum voor Schone Kunsten Oostende (Museum of Fine Arts Ostend), both located in Ostend. The Museum has two dependencies, the Ensorhuis (house of James Ensor) in Ostend, and the Permekemuseum in Jabbeke. Mu.ZEE is an abbreviation of "Kunstmuseum aan Zee" ("Art Museum at the Sea").HistoryThe history of the Museum of Fine Arts of the Stad Ostend starts in 1885, with a large gift by a private art collector. In 1897, a museum was created to house the collection. An airraid in 1940 destroyed the library and archive and some 400 works of art. A new building was opened in 1958. The collection is largely centered on artists from Ostend, mainly James Ensor, Constant Permeke and Léon Spilliaert.The collection of the Provincial Museum started in 1957, with the regular acquisition of works by young artists. In 1960, the house of Constant Permeke and a collection of his work was bought, and turned into the Permekemuseum. From 1962 until 1985, the main collection was exhibited in Bruges and Ypres, until a definitive location was found in 1986 in Ostend.
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  • When we went there was an exhibition of modern art, but the museum also has its permanent collection, with legendary Belgian painters such as James Ensor (of whom I recently saw a painting at the Gett...  more »
  • Today this museum have visited in the framework of the digital walk (audio-guide): the scent of Ostend, available in the Tourist Office of Ostend. Oostende in the footsteps of james Ensor, Constant Permeke, léon Spilliaert. Beautiful collection of Belgian art from 1850 to the present. Currently beautiful exhibition with tribute to the short but intense life of the futurist Jules Schmalzigaug. Who of museums, it's the place to be!
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  • A somewhat dated museum. With beautiful work, but in terms of presentation. Too bad there's no restaurant supply. Even hetaanwezige coffee maker was broken. Very kind medewerksteraan.
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  • Superb pieces from James Ensor, Léon Spilliaert and Constant Permeke exposed permanently, next to temporary expositions.
  • Very extensive collection (too much to see in one time) in a beautiful, sleek, modern setting. Regularly very fascinating exhibitions. Worth a visit every year.
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  • Were it not for the fact of Spilliaert, I gave 1 star. Temporary exhibition ceramics was more interesting.
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  • interesting exhibition of the SEA
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