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Oostende brings the art project 'The Raft'

October 22 marks the start of the follow-up exhibition of 'The SEA - salut d’honneur Jan Hoet (2015)'. In the second edition of this triennial international exhibition, the focus is placed on ‘the raft’.

During the last couple of months, curators Jan Fabre and Joanna De Vos worked very hard to arrive at a selection of artists featuring both well-established international names as well as fresh young talents. The locations were also carefully selected and often deviate from the beaten paths. The exhibition’s central location and starting point is of course the Mu.ZEE, but a number of less obvious locations such as the old church tower Peperbusse, the Court House, the Europe Tower and the cellars of the St. Joseph Church will be featured during the art walk through the city.

‘The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely’ is not only an exhibition, but also a conversation with Ostend, the City by the Sea with its own distinct history and scent. The baseline of the dramaturgy of Mu.ZEE’s exhibition, which will be presented in various locations spread across the Belgian seaside resort, is the thorough research conducted into ‘The Raft of the Medusa’ (1818) by Théodore Géricault and Jan Fabre’s utopian raft ‘Art is (not) Lonely’ (1986). Although there is an unmistakable 170-year time difference and a completely different historical origin, both works tie in with each other thanks to their visualisation of the expedition and the destination of the artist, which is a theme acting as a metaphor of the condition humaine. 

The project shows the works of 75 artists on 25 locations.