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Beaufort is a triennial for contemporary art that has been taking place since 2003 along the sea walls, beaches and dunes of the Belgian coast.
Throughout the previous editions of the Triennial by the Sea, the coastal municipalities purchased various artworks. These either remained at their original locations or were assigned a new venue. This is how the Beaufort Sculpture Park featuring 30 works of art in the public domain, was born. It is the largest open-air exhibition taking place in the unique scenery of the Coast.

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Over the years

2003 Beaufort was born in 2003 thanks to founder Willy Van den Bussche, back then director of the PMMK (the Museum for Modern Art of the Province of West-Flanders) in Ostend. He was a curator for both the 2003 and 2006 editions.
2006 Monumental works of art found their place in the unique backdrop of the Coast during these two editions. Such as the iconic statues Maman (the spider) by Louise Bourgeois in Ostend and Another Place, the figures of Antony Gormley on the beach of De Panne.
2009 In 2009, Phillip Van den Bossche succeeded Willy Van den Bussche as director of Mu.ZEE (fusion museum of the former Museum of Fine Arts and the PMMK) and as curator of Beaufort. With his selection, he focused on works that engage with the sea, the heritage, the inhabitants and the history of the coast.
2012 In 2012, Van den Bossche also took on the artistic selection, in collaboration with Jan Moeyaert from vzw Ku (n) st, who had been responsible for the production of the exhibition since 2003. During Beaufort 2012, the focus was on Europe.
2015 In 2015, the selection was made by a team of curators, namely Phillip Van den Bossche, Hilde Teerlinck, Lorenzo Benedetti and Patrick Ronse. Beaufort 2015 took place under the name of "Beaufort Beyond Borders" at three striking heritage locations in nature: The Zwin in Knokke-Heist, the Raversijde domain in Ostend and De Nachtegaal in the dunes of De Panne.

photo credit: A Dog Republic
2018 In Beaufort 2018, curator Heidi Ballet highlighted the sea as an uncontrollable place, which at the same time connects us with the rest of the world. An underlying theme of this edition was the role of permanent monuments.
2021 We are looking forward to the next edition of Beaufort that will take place in 2021. Stay tuned!
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Participating artists

2003 Antony Gormley – Gerhard Lentink – Didier Mahieu – Elger Esser – Anne & Patrick Poirier – Zhan Huan – Fabián Marcaccio – Jan Fabre -  Sui Jianguo – Mattias Koch – Wim Delvoye – Lars Siltbert – Marie-Jo Lafontaine – Christian Meynen – Daniel Spoerri – Johan Tahon – Azade Köker – Dirk Braeckman – David Mach – Berlinde De Bruyckere – Jacques Charlier – Maria Roosen – Anish Kapoor – Koen Vanmechelen – Thomas Ruff, Florian Baudrexel & Jens Ulrich – Winter & Hörbelt – Panamarenko – Johan Muyle – Henk Visch – Cracking Art loves William Sweetlove – Massimo Vitali – Roger Raveel & Hugo Claus 2006 Chéri Samba – Andries Botha – Bart De Zutter – Mimmo Paladino – Jane Alexander – Jan Van Imschoot – Daniel Richter – Ai Wei Wei – Ilya & Emilia Kabakov – Luc Zeebroek – Tom Claassen – David Černý – Jan Fabre – Norbert Schwontkowski – Louise Bourgeois – Kati Heck – Joep Van Lieshout – Josep Riera I Aragó – Luk Van Soom – Koen Van den Broek – Giuseppe Penone – Ling Jian – Stephan Balkenhol – Nigel Hall – Jean Bilquin – Monika Baer – Michael Ray Charles – Pedro Calapez – Michael Parekowhai – Zhan Wang 2009 Matt Mullican – Jason  Meadows – Marijke Van Warmerdam – Krijn de Koning – Evan Holloway – Valérie Mannaerts – Philip Aguirre y Otegui – Sven ’t Jolle – Tim Segers – John Baldessari – Tamar Frank – Aeneas Wilder – Xu Bing – Harald Klingelhöller – Lili Dujourie – Niek Kemps – Sterling Ruby – Louis De Cordier – Brigada Ramona Parra – Daniel Buren – Mathilde Rosier – Lothar Hempel – Thomas Houseago – Robert Kusmirowski – Liam Gillick – Giuseppe Gabellone – Luc Deleu – Peter Rogiers – Leonor Antunes – Jan Vercruysse 2012 Norbert Francis Attard – Isaac Cordal – Michal Gabriel – Jaume Plensa – Claire Fontaine – Zilvinas Kempinas – Melita Couta – Nedko Solakove – Les Frères Chapuisat – Hans Op de Beeck – Magdalena Abakanowicz – Adrian Ghenie – Ivars Drulle – Jannis Kounellis – Arne Quinze – Lucile Desamory, Caitlin Keogh, Beca Lipscombe, Lucy McKenzie, Pelican Avenue – Flo Kasearu – Nick Ervinck – Paolo Grassino – Jeppe Hein – Marco Casagrande – Bernar Venet – Folkert De Jong – Dalila Gonçalves – Martine Feipel & Jean Bechameil – Erwin Wurm – Michael Johansson – Stefan Sous 2015 A Dog Republic – Martí Anson – Polly Apfelbaum – Charif Benhelima – Otto Berchem – Marc Bijl – Katinka Bock – Kasper Bosmans – Thorsten Brinkmann – Mariano Castillo Deball i.s.m. Innovando la Tradición – Claire Fontaine – Lucile Desamory – Liesbeth Doms – Matias Faldbakken – Thomas Galler – Pieterjan Ginckels – Pablo Helguera – Scott King – Gabriel Kuri – Mark Lombardi – Ingrid Luche – Mark Manders – Domenico Mangano – Moondog – Allessandro Pessoli – Falke Pisano – Nicolas Provost – Kelly Schacht – Superflex – Zhou Tao – Oscar Tuazon – Rinus van de Velde – Lily van der Stokker – Mark Wallinger 2018 Jos de Gruyter & Harald ThysStief DeSmetRyan Gander – Iman Issa – Nina Beier – Edith Dekyndt – Simon Dybbroe Møller – Kader Attia – Guillaume Bijl – Basim Magdy – Katja Novitskova – Frederik Van Simaey – Jason DodgeXu Zhen – Rotor – Anne Duk Hee Jordan – Jean-François Fourtou – Leon Vranken

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