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The Surprised Masks: James Ensor

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James Ensor: L'Intrigue, 1890
Königliches Museum für Schöne Künste Antwerpen
The Surprised Masks: James Ensor: From the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp
BASEL  •  Kunstmuseum Basel  •  Ongoing
James Ensor (Belgian, 1860–1949) was a major figure in the Belgian avant-garde of the late nineteenth century and an important precursor to the development of Expressionism in the early twentieth century. The extensive retrospective at the Kunstmuseum Basel is based on the holdings of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, which has the world’s largest and most important collection of Ensor’s works, complemented by important works from Swiss collections. The show features representative selections both from the less well-known early oeuvre and from the period of the famous mask paintings as well as the late oeuvre, which has recently been the focus of renewed scholarly interest. With around fifty paintings, a similar number of drawings, and prints, the exhibition presents a comprehensive panorama of Ensor’s eminent oeuvre.

Kunstmuseum Basel Website

Please click here for the Culturekiosque archive exhibition article on the 2005 -2006 James Ensor retrospective at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt.

Contact: Kunstmuseum Basel
St. Alban-Graben 16
CH-4010 Basel
Tel: (41) 61 206 62

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