“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.
- 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