Ligo Oostende - Ooststraat 29 , 8400 Oostende
Opening hours

Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 AM to 5.30 PM.
On holidays and bridge days from 10.00 AM to 5.30 PM.


Standard admission: €8

Group reservations available upon request.


What connection does a house sparrow like Ensor have with the first scientific expedition to the South Pole? The work 'Les Patineurs', which the artist dedicated to polar explorer Adrien de Gerlache in 1899, serves as the starting point for a surprising artistic exploration. In this exhibition, you'll unravel the intertwined lives of the two Belgian pioneers who lived in Ostend simultaneously for several years. Maritime photographer and Ostend native Mike Louagie and seafarer Lien De Ruyck delved into archives, interviewed descendants, and consulted experts on the matter. Their quest led them to Antarctica. The photos and objects in the exhibition navigate the interplay between the history and future of Ostend and the icy continent. It's an exciting, fresh exploration!