The attraction of the tree is universal and timeless; trees represent mystery, protection and worship. From the trees of good and evil in medieval manuscripts to the 19th century symbolist vision, trees have always intrigued and fascinated mankind. Contemporary artists, too, continue to be very fond of this element of nature, trying to capture its essence. The theme is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for artistic disciplines as diverse as painting, sculpture, video and photography.
Sleeping Beauties wants to be much more than a predictable collection of sleeping beauties. This exhibition in Gaasbeek Castle (9 Sept. to 13 Nov. 2011) takes the visitor to a dream world down the rabbit hole. The exhibition presents a selection of works of contemporary art from the last thirty years that were specifically inspired by sleep and dream.