Since its establishment in 2008, Mu.ZEE vzw has managed the collections of the province of West Flanders, today the Flemish Community, and the city of Ostend. The museum collection, comprising more than 8000 works of art, provides an overview of Belgian visual art from 1830 until the present day. Artists such as James Ensor, Léon Spilliaert and Constant Permeke are well represented. In addition, there are important sub-collections of interwar artists, ensembles of artists working after World War II and from the 1980s and 1990s. Thanks to an active purchase and donation policy, Mu.ZEE has been able to acquire a number of works of art from contemporary artists.

You can familiarise yourself with a variety of works from the collection at presentations and exhibitions. We bring you works of art by means of digital access to the collection. Gradually, selections are appearing on this web page. Search filters allow you to browse through our museum collection.

An initial selection relates to the works of art that we evaluated in a project subsidised by the Flemish Government (2018-2019). Within the collection evaluation process, employees of Mu.ZEE, together with various partners from the socio-cultural field, examined part of the museum collection. The importance of the collection and the way in which the various works of art are valuable to the museum were considered. By appreciating works of art, we give meaning and context to the creations. We increase knowledge of our works of art and try to arrive at new interpretations and connections. We invite you to navigate through this selection.

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In addition, we also present the results of the digital collection registration catch-up movement. Discover the artworks of James Ensor, Léon Spilliaert, Constant Permeke and contemporaries. Through a project grant from the Flemish Government, Mu.ZEE was able to extensively record the works of art of the three ‘Ostend’ great masters for one year. This selection enables you to familiarise yourself with the Ostend of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century and demonstrates the importance of these works in the Mu.ZEE collection.

Image management

Would you like one or more images for professional use?
Then please contact us via Mu.ZEE and the Permeke Museum are members of the Art in Flanders service platform (formerly Lukasweb). As part of meemoo, they provide a professional framework in the field of digital management and sustainable preservation. Art in Flanders works for and with Flemish art and heritage collections and promotes the reuse of visual material worldwide. For illustrations for Belgian press and media articles and programmes, Art in Flanders provides free high-resolution files, provided that they are correctly referenced (name of collection),, photograph (name of photographer). Contact for urgent queries.

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‘Enter’ is an initiative that supports young artists by offering them a platform where they can exhibit their work – whether or not for the first time – in a museum context. This is made possible by the financial support of the Mu.ZEE promoters. Three Enter exhibitions are organised each year, one of which takes place in collaboration with the MOUSSEM Nomadic Arts Centre. Each Enter artist makes a work of art in a limited edition which is put on sale in the museum shop. The proceeds, together with the financial contribution from the Mu.ZEE promoters, is invested in the organisation of new Enter exhibitions.