Opening of “The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely.” with the performance “A beautiful match between artists and curators”

The exhibition runs from 21 October 2017 to 15 April 2018 at various locations in Oostende.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 — The exhibition entitled “The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely.” will be opened with a performance at the KV Oostende football stadium on Saturday 21 October. Curators Jan Fabre and Joanna De Vos will be personally present on the pitch. Jan Fabre came up with this performance because it combines all layers of meaning of the exhibition. Attendance at the opening performance 'A beautiful match between artists and curators' is free of charge.

“This opening performance is the perfect kick-off to an international exhibition such as ‘The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely.’” according to Mayor Johan Vande Lanotte. “We want to celebrate art as a medium for communication and connection. I would like to invite everyone to come and see this match and become part of this unique performance.”

 With 52 new creations by well-known and young artists, “The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely.” brings 73 (inter)national artists to Oostende under the curatorship of Jan Fabre and Joanna De Vos. The exhibition is centred around the artist’s quest and the duality of creation, where isolation and commitment are equally important. Artists from various generations and backgrounds were invited to contribute to the exhibition’s composition and to reflect on the questions raised by connecting Théodore Géricault’s “The Raft of the Medusa” (1818) to Jan Fabre’s own artistic raft “Art is (not) Lonely” (1986).

The curators aim to activate the city and allow people to (re)discover Oostende. In addition to the well-known museums, they looked for less obvious locations such as De Peperbusse, the courthouse, Europatoren, the stables of the Wellington Hippodrome and the crypt of Saint Joseph’s Church. As such, “The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely.” becomes an artistic route through the City by the Sea along 22 locations.

Visitors can discover the different locations and works of art by means of a handy guide. The exhibition will be repeatedly activated at different sites across the city by a programme of live performances and actions.

Practical information:

  • Duration: 21 October 2017 > 15 April 2018
  • Performance: 21 October 2017 - 7.30 pm
  • Central location & ticket sales: Mu.ZEE
  • Price: € 10 (midweek) -  € 16 (weekends and holidays)
  • Website: www.hetvlot-oostende.be
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Fabien Merelle, Radeau de Fortune - courtesy Art Bärtschi & Cie, the artist