June 26 > September 15

Fort Napoleon

Vuurtorenweg, 8400 Oostende

Bob Gruen

“Bob Gruen was part of the rock scene as much as any band”, Alice Cooper told The New York Times. “He was one of those guys that everybody liked, and he always seemed to get the money shot.” Truth be told, Bob Gruen still is very much part of that rock scene. For well over forty years, the New York photographer has been on the road, in the bedroom and up in the sky with the likes of The Clash, Sex Pistols, Blondie, The New York Dolls, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye, Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, Madonna, Iggy Pop, The Ramones, Green Day, The Runaways, Kiss, Elton John, Bob Marley and (plenty) more.

He made his most famous series though with John Lennon and Yoko Ono during the couple’s legendary New York years. “Bob’s magical photos and brilliantly telling captions present a kaleidoscope of our time in New York”, said Yoko Ono. “They’re beautiful, clear and truthful. I know. I was there.”

For the first time ever, Bob Gruen will present his impressive body of work in Belgium.

Anton Coene

Anton Coene is undoubtedly best known for his impressive and often even breathtaking pictures of Trixie Whitley, who he has been on the road with for quite a long time. Recently however, the Belgian photographer has also been making a name for himself with a wide range of intimate portraits and documentary style snaps of bands like Black Box Revelation, Ian Clement, Intergalactic Lovers, Wallace Vanborn, Kapiton Korsakov, The Van Jets, Maya’s Moving Castle and many more.

Last year, Anton Coene became the first photographer to win the already prestigious Jazz Bilzen Award for Rock & Pop Photography. This summer, he will exhibit his work for the very first time at Fort Napoleon, Oostende.


Both Bob Gruen’s exhibition and Anton Coene’s exhibition run from June 26 to September 15 at Fort Napoleon, Vuurtorenweg, 8400 Oostende.

The opening on June 26 is invitation only.

Bob Gruen’s exhibition takes place inside the museum part of the fortress (€5/4 for adults, €2 for children age 6-12).

Anton Coene’s exhibition takes place inside the restaurant/bar part of the fortress (free admission).

Fort Napoleon is open every day from July 1 till August 31 between the hours of 10-12 and 13-18.

In June and September, Fort Napoleon is open from Wednesday till Sunday between the hours of 10-12 and 13-18.


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