Artistic spots in Blankenberge
Art Nouveau façades, a Belle Epoque city centre and gigantic babies that populate the façade and roof of the Casino. Blankenberge treats you to a series of unusual art surprises. Away you go!
Art nouveau walk
Sauntering through the streets of the city centre, you are reminded everywhere of Blankenberge’s glorious Belle Epoque history. Stroll past the lovely Art Nouveau façades with open loggias and fine decorative tiles, and be sure to look up regularly so you don’t miss the colourful ceramic tile friezes with herons, flowers, peacocks and scenes of the sea and fishers. The Heritage walk titled ‘Strolling through the Belle Epoque and the interwar period’ will set you on the right path.
Belle Epoque Centrum
In this elegant Belle Epoque Centrum, three restored villas built in 1894 will help you relive the glory years of the Belle Epoque. A must for young and old. In 2018 the centre celebrates its tenth anniversary, in honour of which and all its top pieces will be highlighted.
The ‘paravang’, the elegant windscreen at the harbour reminds us of Blankenberge’s rich past. Walking and relaxing in the open air were the favourite pastimes of beach holidaymakers in the nineteenth century. The paravang may date back to 1908, but it remains the meeting place for both Blankenberge residents and tourists to this day. Here you can also find the lovely Beaufort work ‘Monument voor een Saltimbanque’ (‘Monument to a harlequin‘) by Folkert De Jong.
Beaufort gems in Blankenberge
From the Beaufort permanent sculpture park
De Baby’s van David Cerny
David Cerny created his Babies, a group of sculptures, following the designation of Prague as cultural capital in 2000. Three Babies from this group were part of Beaufort02 in 2006. The dolls, two crawling on the roof while a third looks out on the sea from the roof, are remarkable for their large heads and black bodies. They serve to disturb the public peace and quiet in an agreeable way. They may look adorable, but they also have a dark side. This is Cerny’s way of denouncing our computer age. Or a critique with a wink.
The Cultural Centre organizes a number of free guided walks led by a tour guide. They feature a variety of themes, from a maritime route to an Art Nouveau tour. Each walking tour lasts around two hours and mostly starts at the new Infopunt Toerisme (tourist information point). Reservation not needed, but please be there on time.
Summer sculptures is the collective name for the Sculpture Walk and the sculpture path by the non-profit association ArtPro Art. In July, August and September, five artists present their work at as many spots throughout the city. Ten or so artists from ArtPro Art exhibit their creations around the harbour.
Phot exhibition ‘En Route’ by Michiel Hendryckx
Photographer and writer Michiel Hendryckx exhibits photos of his many travels and peregrinations in De Meridiaan exhibition space. The images are combined with texts so as to complement each other.
23/06 - 30/09/2018
Nick Ervinck wall print
In 2017, the Belgian artist Nick Ervinck held an exhibition in Blankenberge. This Belgian, an international artistic talent, achieved renown with his digital prints, videos, drawings and sculptures. His gigantic wall print on the exterior façade of the casino can still be admired.
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