Norbert Hostyn

Norbert Hostyn°1951 in Ostend
Licentiate in History of Art (University KUL Leuven, 1974)

Former Curator of the Museum of Fine Arts in Ostend   (till 2008)
Former Curator Mu.ZEE Ostend   (from 2008 till his retirment in 2014)

Author of many books

Museum of Fine Arts - Ostend

The Museum of Fine Arts Ostend (read MFA) was a museum in the belgian seaside city of Ostend.
It existed from 1893 till 2008 as a city museum. After that it merged with the PMMK, a museum of the province of western flandern to become the Mu.ZEE (merge of the names museum and sea).

1980-2008: period Norbert Hostyn

Norbert Hostyn followed Edebau in 1980 as principal of the museum.
He bases his policy on some options proper to the city and its museum collections: narrowing the policy spectrum and strenghtening de collections of Ensor and Spilliaert and adding it with other belgian artist comtempories.
While it regarded a city museum continuous efforts were made to purchase also artworks to illustrate the local artistic life.
The arrival of the PMMK to Ostend in december 1986 offered the possibility for both musea to become complementary (Belgian art from romantism till post-impressionism in the MFA; expressionism till the newest tendencies in the PMMK).
This implicated longterm loans of a number of topworks from the MFA towards the PMMK. As from 1980 plans followed for a relocation of the MFA in Ostend. Therefor little was invested for maintenance of the existing building.

Closure in 2005

In februari 2005 the MFA closed its doors with the prospect of a rather quick reopening in the previous post office in the Hendrik Serruyslaan. In juni 2005 started a partial demolishing of the Feast and Culture palace. Already in april 2007 a shopping mall opened on this location.


After the closure the city council finally abandonned the plans for a new Museum of Fine Arts in the old post office and decided in consideration with the province of west flandern to a kind of merge between the MFA and the PMMK. This agreement was concluded in 2008.
The opening of the new Mu.ZEE in the buildings of the PMMK located Romestraat, was planned in spring 2009.

MuZee Ostend

The Art Museum at the Sea or shortly Mu.ZEE in Ostend had its origin in 2008 due to a 'merge' between two existing art musea in the city: the MFA Ostend and the PMMK of the province of west flandern.
Withing the Mu.ZEE a study cell was founded specifically for the life and work of James Ensor in the context of his time.
Norbert Hostyn, previous curator of the gone MFA of Ostend conducted this study center. The Ensorhouse in Ostend and the Province Museum Constant Permeke in Jabbeke are two 'satellite musea' of Mu.ZEE.

Bibliography :

N. Hostyn,
1893-1993: 100 Jaar Museum voor Schone Kunsten in Ostend, 1993

N. Hostyn,
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Ostend:
Leon Spilliaert - Catalogus van de verzameling
, Ostend 1990

N. Hostyn,
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Ostend:
Catalogus beeldhouwwerken, assemblages en ceramiek
, Ostend 1989

N. Hostyn,
James Ensor:
De verzameling van het Museum voor Schone Kunsten Ostend
, Gent (Ludion), 1999

N. Hostyn,
Belgische Stilleven & Bloemenschilderkunst 1750-1914,
(Belgian Stilllifes & Flower Paintings)

N. Hostyn,
Frans Mortelmans 1865-1936: Virtuoos Bloemschilder, 2009



Prof. Dr. Guido Persoons, Docteur en musicologie

Guido PersoonsGuido Persoons was born on the 8th of april 1931 in Borgerhout Antwerp, and died on 21st of february 2014 in Weert (Bornem).

Guido Persoons

Bibliography :

Prof. Dr. G. Persoons,
- Franck Mortelmans, pastelschilder & tekenaar
    In cooperation with Melanie Mortelmans-Diris, Leo Wuyts and Alain Germoz
    Monography on the occasion of his 100th birthday commemoration and
    on the occasion of his Eeuwfeest-Retrospective at the Provinciaal Centrum Arenberg
    in Antwerp - ISBN 90-9012046-7D 1998/8380/1

Franck Mortelmans

Prof. Dr. G. Persoons - 1981
De orgels en de organisten van de Onze Lieve Vrouwkerk te Antwerpen van 1500 tot 1650

Prof. Dr. G. Persoons, Paul Verbraeken, Willem van de Velde, Herwig Todts, Piet Lombaerde..
Linnig : een Antwerpse kunstenaarsdynastie in de 19de eeuw - 1991

Prof. Dr. G. Persoons, Jean F Buyck, Greet Bedeer, Nationaal Hoger Instituut en KASKA - 1976
Schone Kunsten in Antwerpen : de Koninklijke Vereniging tot Aanmoediging der Schone Kunsten te Antwerpen, sinds 1788

Franck Mortelmans

Prof. Dr. G. Persoons - 1989
XXII Jaar Beeldhouwen aan de Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten te Antwerpen

Prof. Dr. G. Persoons, Johannes Sambucus, Leon Voet - 1980-1982
Emblemata - Serie De Gulden Passer

Prof. Dr. G. Persoons, Roger Avermate, ... 1968
Miscellanea Jozef Duverger : bijdragen tot de kunstgeschiedenis der Nederlanden

Prof. Dr. G. Persoons, Hendrik Dierickx - 1985
Schilder- en beeldhouwkunst in Vlaanderen na 1945

Prof. Dr. G. Persoons, Nationaal Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen - 1984
Jozef Vinck : kunstschilder, professor

Prof. Dr. G. Persoons, Paul Huvenne, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen
Frans Mortelmans (1865-1936) : bloemen, stillevens, marines in olie en aquarel
    Uitgever : Stichting Lodewijk Mortelmans, 2002

Prof. Dr. G. Persoons, Nationaal Hoger Instituut en KASKA - 1992
Jos Hendrickx : tekenaar van figuur en glasraam : professor NHISK Antwerpen

Prof. Dr. G. Persoons - 1987
- Nicaise De Keyser

Frans Mortelmans



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