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Masquerade, Makeup & Ensor

Genieve Figgis, detail Ladies at Versailles, 2022

From September 2024, several Antwerp museums will highlight the oeuvre of Ensor. At MoMu, James Ensor’s explorations about masquerade, (false) coquetry, seduction, deception and the transient are brought up to the present day.

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Description of the exhibition

In MoMu’s autumn exhibition, Masquerade, Makeup & Ensor, James Ensor’s ideas about masquerade, (false) coquetry, seduction, deception and the transient are brought up to the present day. MoMu celebrates the painters of fashion: the superb craftsmanship and inexhaustible creativity of makeup and hair artists, in a multimedia exhibition in which light, colour, art, fashion, makeup and hair artists come together.

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Today, makeup and beauty have exploded into a trillion-dollar industry that perpetually confronts humans with their bodily impermanence, imagined imperfections and existential fears. However, like paint, makeup is also a medium for personal expression, artistic experimentation, joy and freedom. The exhibition investigates how closely intertwined makeup is with so many aspects of our being human.

Exhibition under the lead of
Curators: Kaat Debo, Elisa De Wyngaert, Romy Cockx

Teaser image: Genieve Figgis, detail Ladies at Versailles, 2022. Courtesy of the artist and Almine Rech © Photo: Nicolas Brasseur.

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Ensor 2024

In 2024, it will be 75 years since the death of James Ensor. But the avant-garde artist lives on in the city of Antwerp, home to more work by James Ensor than anywhere else. From September 2024, several Antwerp museums will highlight the artist’s oeuvre with a series of ambitious exhibitions. The focus is on Ensor’s lasting relevance through its influence on contemporary art, fashion and photography.