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Discover FULL HOUSE collection at Mu.ZEE from 1 June and be inspired by more than 80 iconic names, from James Ensor and Paul Delvaux to Anne Veronica Janssen and Luc Tuymans. Expect a dynamic mix of artworks that enter into dialogue with each other. Discover Mu.ZEE and the collection one last time before the museum closes in early January 2025 for three years of renovation work.

FULL HOUSE COLLECTION invites the visitor to an exhibition on the various floors of the museum… Mu.ZEE is going for a “full house”, with work by more than 80 artists from the collection! The spaces at Mu.ZEE do not follow a route so Mu.ZEE allows the spectator to wander at will through an open scenography, enabling the discovery of many surprising links between artworks.
Familiar chronology is abandoned in favour of bringing together artists and artworks from different contexts and times – from around 1880 to the present day.

In each space you pass through as a visitor, you will see an ensemble of artworks, brought together on the basis of a shared interest or theme, although the artistic execution may differ greatly. The artworks click or clash: they complement each other or point to opposing attitudes. Together they say more than they reveal individually. De Grote Marine by James Ensor sparkles with the colours that were impressionistically applied to canvas by the artist with a palette knife and brush, while 130 years later, with the same interest, Ann Veronica Janssens went in search of industrially manufactured glass plates that, like Ensor, seek to capture light and perception… to give just one example. Or another example: in 2024, the year in which surrealism celebrates its 100th anniversary (the manifesto was published in 1924), Mu.ZEE is displaying an imposing and perplexing surreal figure by Valérie Mannaerts next to a mysterious painting by Luc Tuymans, the meaning of which is not immediately apparent. A little further on hangs De Ijzertijd (The Iron Age), a painting by Paul Delvaux in which a naked woman can be seen with a train station in the background, etc. A video room is also being set up in which one video from the collection will be shown each month. They are programmed like a real cinema, from the beginning of June until the end of the year.

FULL HOUSE COLLECTION focuses strongly on surprises, special features, new voices are placed next to well-known and more familiar artworks. It will be a mix of sound reputations and names that can be discovered.
Mu.ZEE showcases more well-known artists but is also strongly committed to showing lesser-known artists yet to be discovered.
In this way, the museum space unfolds as a place full of surprises!

On display is work by Pierre Alechinsky, Sammy Baloji, Euphrosine Beernaert, Elise Berkvens, Jean Bilquin, Kasper Bosmans, Elen Braga, Marcel Broodthaers, Laurie Charles, Leo Copers, Franky D.C., Raoul De Keyser, Paul Delvaux, Roel D’Haese, Marjolijn Dijkman, Carmen Dionyse, Christian Dotremont, Charles Drybergh, Lili Dujourie, James Ensor, Pierre-Louis Flouquet, Alice Frey, Georges Grard, Jeanne Graverol, René Guiette, Ann Veronica Janssens, Paul Joostens, Ermias Kifleyesus, Félix Labisse, Lismonde, René Magritte, Valérie Mannaerts, Pol Mara, Marcel Mariën, Katja Mater, Marc Mendelson, Jacqueline Mesmaeker, Jean Mukendi Katambayi, Antoine Mortier, Nadia Naveau, Otobong Nkanga, Hans Op de Beeck, Constant Permeke, Mig Quinet, Jean Rets, Peter Rogiers, Tremaine de Senna, Victor Servranckx, Léon Spilliaert, Walter Swennen, Tapta, Ante Timmermans, Luc Tuymans, Michael Van den Abeele, Jan Van Imschoot, Anne Mie Van Kerckhove, Louis Van Lint, Théo Van Rysselberghe, Jef Verheyen, Rik Wouters, Marie Zolamian.

Make a note of 29 June, when The Longest Day will take place in cooperation with KAAP: a day full of performances that will unfold as one big 'happening' between the two cultural houses and the public space in between! From sunrise to sunset! For more info click here

FULL HOUSE COLLECTION > buy your tickets here

Prices & Rates

teachers paying (if more than 4) € 13,00
€ 0,00
persons 0 - 12 jaar | with school € 0,00
A. Adult € 15,00
B. Person with disability - caretaker € 0,00
A. 0 - 6 years € 0,00
B. persons Uitpas kansentarief € 3,00

Plan your visit

Opening hours

The museum is open from 10am to 5.30pm.

Closed on Mondays, and on December 25 & January 1.

>> Would you like a guided tour? More info here.
Or tel 059 24 21 91 (for groups)


Romestraat 11
8400 Oostende T 00 32 (0)59 50 81 18
BE 0825383589