We didn't know what to expect when we decided to visit this exhibition. Just by accident did I stumble upon it on the internet and the information was scarce. We even thought of not going because we had more options elsewhere. I can't express the relief of changing our mind the very last minute...
I'll focus on the castle in the first post about the exhibition. More information and photos on the artworks in future posts.
Setting : the castle d'Aspremont Lynden built by the Counts of Rekem in the 17th century. From the outside it has the looks of a fancy castle. Nobility moved out, extinction of the family. The next inhabitants were less glamourous. Soldiers and prisoners moved in and later it became a psychiatric hospital. That left traces on the inside of the castle...
Decay - flaking paint, crumbling plaster, rusty frames - just the way I love it, is present on floors, walls and ceilings. Room after room, space after space, three storeys high... I'm in for a treat!
I could spend a whole week here. Taking pictures in changing light, discovering hidden corners, trying to capture traces of the castle's stirring past and the relation with the present artworks.
I can fully recommend this - I am not an art critic, merely a lover of contemporary art - the stunning location and it's temporarely exhibition is longing to be explored. Worth a detour. First on our to-do-list next year with the following edition.
Bonus : the castle is located in one of the most picturesque villages of Flanders.
KUNSTPROJECT "TIJDELIJK VER-BLIJF"
Mark Manders, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Esther Tielemans, Dirk Zoete, Gabriel Lester, Koen Vermeule
J. Machado De Souza, Meschac Gaba, Kris Vleeschouwer, Erik Croux, Koen van den Broek, Herman Van Ingelgem, Marc Oosting, Veron Urdarianu, Zeger Reyers, Alexandra Leykauf, Peter De Meyer, Andrei Roiter, Wilhelm Mundt, Jeroen Van Bergen, Tadashi Kawamata, Cornelius Quabeck, Karl Philips, Herbert Hamak, Moshekwa Langa, Bylex
Groenplaats 1, Oud-Rekem, Belgium
open weekend 11h00 to 17h00
until 25 September 2011
entrance (+ brochure) 4€
more info HERE (in Dutch)
more photos on other artists in future posts