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Mu.ZEE, Ostend

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Art Museum
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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  • Really worth a look. Friendly and fine things to dream.
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  • Without restriction, this beautiful retrospective honors the friendship between Ensor and Spilliaert. Ostend rich lives of their works. Get swept over time of these great of the Belgian art scene gives undeniable pleasure. The paintings and engravings bathing in streams of light eat you your space-time with zero regrets. Quite the opposite. Intelligence of the presentation and quality of the works on display are sources of aesthetic pleasure. Note: the Mu.ZEE is very badly signposted in the city. Essential GPS.
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  • What a pleasure to visit a Museum at the pace that we choose without to unscrew the head to see a piece of canvas in the middle of noisy groups! Here rooms are large, the introduction to entry tables are also written in french. Spillaert and Ensor are interesting, the abstract art remains very cold, for me. A museum that is worth trying.
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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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