In accordance with the philosophy of Gaasbeek Castle, the works of great names and up-and-coming talents enter into dialogue with the romantic castle interiors. We meet sleeping figures and poetic daydreamers, but also mysterious shadows and oppressive nightmares. Visitors are immersed in an unreal atmosphere inspired by the blue hour. You find yourself in an intermediate world, floating between day and night, between waking and sleeping.
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.
Albert Niemeyer has been making his way in the Dutch art world in his own unique way for more than thirty years. Fascinated by the unlimited freedom of expression in the work of Van Gogh, Dalí, Chagall, Picasso and Karel Appel, Niemeyer paints his characters sometimes with a photographic realism, sometimes with an abstract expressionist or with a hint of cubism and futurism.
The ethnographic literature of the 20th century focused mainly on the sculptural traditions of the numerous ethnic groups that populated Southern Nigeria while the more northern areas remained largely terra incognita. In 2013 Jan Strybol published a study on the sculpture of Northern Nigeria. He pointed out that in many parts of this region there are peoples who still had, at least until recently, their own sculptural tradition.
The exhibition catalogue Arbre(s)/Tree(s) was published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name at the Félicien Rops Museum and the Maison de la Culture in Namur. The focus is on the tree in art, from ancient times to the present day.
In Bruegel Revisited, renowned Flemish artists use photography, graphics, installations, video and film to find an answer to the question of what Breugel can mean for the 21st century. The location for this exhibition is the Castle of Bouchout, situated in the National Botanic Garden in Meise.
Herman Asselberghs, Anne Daems, Building Transmissions & Douglas Park, Vincent Meessen, Hans Op De Beeck, Arno Roncada, Katrien Vermeire, Angelo Vermeulen, Dirk Zoete.
Curator: Prof. Dr. Hilde Van Gelder, Lieven Gevaert Research Centre for Photography and Visual Studies