ABOUT Mu.ZEE

 

About us

Mu.ZEE connects

Mu.ZEE exhibits, collects, manages, digitises and studies visual arts from the 19th century to the present day. The museum affiliates its unique collection of exclusive Belgian art with the international arts sector and reveals the links between modern and contemporary art.

Mu.ZEE promotes

The museum is an open house for art by the sea, a dynamic and welcoming meeting place for different cultures and generations. In this way, Mu.ZEE promotes shared and sustainable care for art and heritage based on a philosophy of diversity.

Mu.ZEE challenges

Mu.ZEE opts for collaboration, creates multiple archives and challenges its partners to develop new ideas and create values through participation. The museum listens and collects stories that enrich the community locally, nationally and internationally.

 
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Who is who?

Management

Dominique Savelkoul,
director ad interim 
Dominique.Savelkoul@muzee.be

Isabel Van Dael,
corporate vice president
Isabel.VanDael@muzee.be

Art Division Academic policy and research

Mieke Mels,
curator
Mieke.Mels@muzee.be

Ilse Roosens,
curator
Ilse.Roosens@muzee.be

Adriaan Gonnissen,
curator
Adriaan.Gonnissen@muzee.be

Wendy Van Hoorde,
staff member
Wendy.VanHoorde@muzee.be

Conservation and collection management

Barbara de Jong,
head of conservation and collection management
Barbara.deJong@muzee.be

Stijn Peeters,
collection registrar
Stijn.Peeters@muzee.be

Johan Van Roose,
administrative staff member
Johan.VanRoose@muzee.be

Huguette Devriendt,
administrative staff member
Huguette.Devriendt@muzee.be

Eva Vanacker,
administrative staff member
Eva.Vanacker@muzee.be

Public

Inne Gheeraert,
head of public activities
Inne.Gheeraert@muzee.be

Elise Vanhoecke,
education staff member
Elise.Vanhoecke@muzee.be

Nina De Bruyne,
reception staff member
Nina.DeBruyne@muzee.be

Communications

Colette Castermans,
head of communications
Colette.Castermans@muzee.be

Inge Busschaert, press officer and webmaster
Inge.Busschaert@muzee.be

Patrick Vereecke
depot management

Administration unit

Bram Bekemans,
accountant
Bram.Bekemans@muzee.be

Eline De Cloedt,
hr departement
Eline.DeCloedt@muzee.be

Gerda Balcaen Gerda.Balcaen@muzee.be

Lizy Delheye
Lizy.Delheye@muzee.be

Nancy Blieck
Nancy.Blieck@muzee.be

Building & facility

Maarten Van Colen, responsible building & facility

Technical team

Eddy Billiau
Luc Hessens
Lorenzo TJaeckx
Ronny Malesys

Maintenance team

Karine Inghelbrecht
Shahida Bi Aziz
Christiaan Laforce
Ubah Mohamed Shil

Library

info@muzee.be

Security

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Executive Board

List of members of the Board
Kristof Janssens              (chairman)
Sabine Friederichs           (vice-chairman)
Bart Plasschaert              
Bjorn Anseeuw
André Baert
Jan Loones        
Marina Laureys        
Marleen De Mulder
Sonja Vanhee   
Ann Duflou
Pascal Martin 
Jan De Bock      
Meri Kostanyan 

Jacques Mertens            
Martine Meire 
Dominique Savelkoul   
Isabel Van Dael

The building

Mu.ZEE is housed in a building with a rich history. Until 1981 it was part of the SEO, Spaarzaamheid Economie Oostende, founded in 1892. This cooperative became a success story in the Ostend distribution sector and soon branches were established in Ostend and along the coast. Looking for new headquarters with a department store for the SEO in the late 1940s, the decision was taken to extend an existing SEO building located in Amsterdamstraat, which housed a pharmacy and beer bottling plant. The initial extension was on the Gentstraat side (now the rear of the museum and the Ensor and Spilliaert museum Wing), but the icing on the cake was the new main store with a thirty-meter long curved glass wall in Romestraat: the administration was housed in what is now the Raoul Servais Wing; shoes, medicines, clothing, food - you name it, it was here. At the SEO, tokens were used to make payments, not money. The SEO was a major employer for the local population and many people from Ostend knew or had someone in the family who worked at the Coo, as the SEO was popularly known. Over Mamazels, Stongs en percenten. Een geschiedenis van S.E.O. 1892 – 1981 by Olivia Simoen tells the rich story of this cooperative.

However, the success story came to an end in 1981 when it went bankrupt, but five years later, in 1986, the doors reopened: the Provincial Museum for Modern Art, better known under the iconic name of the PMMK, found a safe haven there after several years of alternating between Bruges and Ypres. The commercial premises with their stories disappeared into the history books forever, finally making way for museum spaces. In the 2000s, the Provincial Museum for Modern Art also found its way to the former department store. A new museum under the name Mu.ZEE was born in late 2009.

The architect Gaston Eysselinck (1907-1953) was behind a number of branches for the SEO, including the new headquarters with department store in Romestraat. Between 1945 and 1953 he worked in Ostend: in addition to a few houses, he also put his name to the PTT/RTT building, now the Cultuurcentrum De Grote Post (p. 297 ff. Marc Dubois, Gaston Eysselinck. In de voetsporen van Le Corbusier, 2019).

 
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Vacancies

There are currently no vacancies

At this moment we have no vacancies.
If you would like to apply anyway, please send your CV with a motivation letter to vacatures@muzee.be.

Partnerships

Security

Mu.ZEE License number : 0825.383.589

Contact :
Jan De Loof, 
Security Manager

jan.deloof@muzee.be
T 059 56 45 85
GSM 0472 52 02 22

Mu.ZEE is affiliated with PSA (Private Security Association).

Team

Team of qualified security agents licensed by internal affairs, reception staff, ticket control, museum staff, public mediators, administrative staff, depot managers

Osman Ahmad Mohamad
Claudia Jacques
Hilde Brandt
Katrien Jonckheere
Kim Plasman
Francis Geernaert
Freek Allaert
Patricia de Jaeger
Jelmer Delbecque
Tessa Mauroo
Tiny Callewaert
Gilberte De Ras
Herbert Deruwe
Lars Pitteljon

Camera surveillance

In accordance with the camera law of 21 March 2007 - regulating the placement and use of surveillance cameras.
Responsible processing:
Mr. De Loof Jan
jan.deloof@muzee.be
T 059 56 45 85
GSM 0472 52 02 22

 

Civil liability insurance

Mu.ZEE vzw, 0825.383.589 , is insured against physical or material damage resulting from the performance of its activities with regard to private security.

The injured parties can turn directly to Ethias
The policy number is 04/11 – 45.252.502