Kunstmuseum aan zee Collecties van
de Provincie
West-Vlaanderen en
de Stad Oostende

Exhibition

Insel Verlag: The Art of Printmaking in Ensor’s Lifetime

In the autumn of 2011, Mu.ZEE acquired an exceptional portfolio of prints from 1900. The prints were issued by Insel Verlag, a German publishing house that was founded in 1901 and which evolved from the illustrated literary magazine De Insel (1899, Berlin). The magazine had numerous Belgian contributors. George Minne, Georges Lemmen and Charles
Doudelet made illustrations and texts by Maurice Maeterlinck and Emile Verhaeren were translated. The illustrated magazine was very progressive and a great deal of importance was attached to the choice of paper, the design
and the typography. All of these qualities can once again be admired in the portfolio, which was printed in 100 copies. The folder contains etchings, lithographs, woodcuts and facsimiles of works by important artists. Amongst the
forty works, an etching (second state) of Le Verger (The Orchard) by James Ensor can be seen alongside colour lithographs by Édouard Vuillard, Pierre Bonnard and Maurice Denis and the work of twenty-seven other artists. The
presence of James Ensor makes it clear that the Ostend artist already enjoyed international recognition during his lifetime. This portfolio is shown for the first time to the outside world, together with a wide range of archive material

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12/05/2012 - 12/11/2012
Adults: €2
60+, groups, 13 - 26 years: €1
< 13 years: free