Kunstmuseum aan zee Collecties van
de Vlaamse Gemeenschap
Stad Oostende


The star alphabet of E.L.T. MESENS (1903 - 1971)

Dada and surrealism in


Brussels, Paris and




Belgian surrealism’s well-kept secret!

Edouard Léon Théodore Mesens (1903-1971), a mysterious and multifaceted artist who speaks to the imagination

Edouard Léon Théodore Mesens was a musician, poet, publisher, photographer, art dealer and collector. He was the man who put René Magritte on the international scene and introduced England to surrealism! 
The Romanian poet Tristan Tzara, the French composer Eric Satie, and Peggy Guggenheim all belonged to his large circle of friends.

From 1938 he was director of The London Gallery, where artists like René Magritte, Paul Delvaux, Miró and Max Ernst showed their work.

But E.L.T. Mesens will mainly go down in history as one of the great artists and leaders of the surrealist movement on the Belgian and international art scene of his day. He played an important role in the development of surrealism in Belgium thanks, in part, to his relations with Dadaist and surrealist painters and poets and the many books he published.  His work, mainly collages, can be found in both public and private collections. 

A unique angle
Mu.ZEE presents Mesen’s all-round personality in an original manner, opting for a chronological journey divided according to the main cities where the artist stayed. Visitors are taken all over Europe and meet the many great artists of the time!

E.L.T. Mesens’ contemporaries
In Het sterrenalfabet van E.L.T. Mesens, Mesens meets other contemporaries:  Frits van den Berghe, Man Ray, Joan Miró, Paul Klee, Constant Permeke, Picasso, Salvador Dali, René Magritte, Yves Tanguy, Paul Delvaux, Giorgio de Chirico, Francis Picabia, Max Ernst
 and many others!


Overview past exhibitions »

06/07/2013 - 17/11/2013
€9 single adult
€7,50 55+, groups ≥15 pp
€1 13-26 years old
Free up to 12 years