#MyEnsor challenge on TikTok
James Ensor has returned home to Ostend. The renovation of his house in the Vlaanderenstraat has been completed and a brand new experience centre has opened next door to it. In the renovated James Ensor House, you can discover all there is to know about the works and life of this Ostend painter.
James Ensor grew up in Ostend and saw the city develop from a fishing village into a real jewel of the Belle Epoque. Ensor was a true rebel. He was not afraid to be in the picture with his controversial art and he could easily be on the cover of any magazine today.
By painting his masks, he criticized the political, military and religious functioning of society. Moreover, Ensor wanted to indicate that we often wear a mask so we can fit in. Or that we identify ourselves with our own mask and start to behave accordingly.
Ensor was a true rebel. He was not afraid to be in the picture with his controversial art and he could easily be on the cover of any magazine today.
To look ahead to the opening of the brand new James Ensor house, we launched the #MyEnsor challenge. The Antwerp musician Glints wrote the song "My Ensor (Colours)" especially for that purpose. You can show yourself on that brand new song. Who came up with an original #MyEnsor TikTok, could win a trip to Ostend, the city where James Ensor lived and worked!
Discover Ensor in Ostend and visit the renewed James Ensor House
The James Ensor House
You can only understand James Ensor and his art if you visit Ostend The house where he worked and lived from 1917 until his death has been preserved in its original state, so you can still visit it today.
Admire the masterpieces of these two Ostend painters in the dedicated Ensor and Spilliaert wing. What’s more, all the Ensors of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, which is currently undergoing restoration, will be on show at Mu.ZEE for one year.
Download the app and take the brand-new Ensor-themed walk to visit all the locations that were significant to the life and work of James Ensor. You will be given information and will be able to see things for yourself at each of these places, using the latest high-tech. Young and older Ensor fans will love this walk.
Your starting point to discover Ensor is of course in the Vlaanderenstraat in Ostend (because that's where The James Ensor House is!). But did you know that besides Vlaanderenstraat you can also admire his work elsewhere in Flanders?
For more Ensor in the region, go to visitflanders.com.