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  • Press release: The Permeke Museum will be closed for renovation until spring 2022 (29.10.2020)
    Today, 10 days earlier than planned, in response to the measures taken by the Flemish government to combat the corona pandemic, the museum, the garden and the temporary exhibition Rein Dufait will be closed again in 2022 with a full newly refurbished museum ...

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Constant Permeke and Permeke Museum, Revisited

Permeke Museum has been closed since 8 November 2020. The former residence of Constant Permeke, “De Vier Winden”, which was purchased by the province of West Flanders in 1960 for conversion into a museum, was in dire need of extensive renovation to meet the requirements of the 21st century. The Flemish community allocated 1,286,000 euros for this. But not only the building is being improved. This is an excellent opportunity to completely rethink the museum in terms of content while at the same time exploring ways to make the artist Permeke and the museum an attractive brand in the 21st century. The museum may be closed, but we would like to keep you informed from now until it reopens in 2022 - you can regard it as a kind of diary of how renovation is progressing, while we also look at the familiar and less well-known stories and facts about Permeke - via the website and facebook.


Constant Permeke

Permeke is synonymous with Jabbeke. However, Permeke only lived in Jabbeke for 20 years. Born in Antwerp in 1886, he and his entire family moved to Ostend in 1892, the year in which Ensor painted the well-known work De Gendarmen. He would live in Ostend until the end of the 1920s, with a short stopover in England during the war years.

Did you know that…

Constant Permeke’s father, Henri-Louis, became the first curator of the Museum of Fine Arts in Ostend. He was the man who bought a lot of major works by Ensor, but also by contemporary artists such as Anna Boch, Constantin Meunier, Isidor Verheyden, etc.

He died in 1912 and at his request, was buried next to his artist friend, Louis Artan, in Oostduinkerke.

Léontine, Henri-Louis’ sister and Constant’s aunt, married the father of Maurice Antony, subsequently well-known as the Ostend photographer who immortalized life in Ostend in photographs which still form important archive material about life on the coast in the first half of the 20th century. The photograph of the mirror ball from 1921, with Constant Permeke, James Ensor and Maurice Antony, the photographer himself, is legendary.


November - December 2020

The works of art leave the museum…

Removal of the contents of a museum requires detailed preparation. This is usually the responsibility of the Conservation and Collection Management department. Months before the final move, a schedule was drawn up and arrangements were made with the technical staff. A move is complex in itself, the Corona pandemic made it especially difficult and forced everyone to come up with methods for working safely in shifts. Everything was carefully packed up and the paintings were put into made-to-measure crates. Katoen Natie was contacted, primarily for transport, but also to assist our own staff with handling of the heavy items.

Most of the works left for Mu.ZEE, where they were placed in the depot. A dozen works have been taken to a conservation studio where they will be restored.


Grote Marine, 1935

The relocation of Grote Marine (Large Seascape) appeals to the imagination because of its exceptional dimensions...

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The painting studio

A special place in the museum, where time stood still, is the painting studio on the first floor...

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De Sjees

De Sjees from 1926 is a key work in the oeuvre of Permeke.

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Het afscheid

Marieke, Permeke’s wife, died on 3 May 1948.

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The sculptures are currently still in Jabbeke but have been safely reunited, including the three graces, the bust of Marie-Lou….

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