Feast of Fools. Bruegel Rediscovered

7 April 2019 - 28 July 2019

Bruegel, inspirator

Pieter Bruegel is often seen as the embodiment of Flemish identity. Why has that been so since the revival of his work around 1900? How has he grown to become an icon, an inexhaustible source of inspiration and a huge cliché? In the exhibition 'Feast of Fools. Bruegel Rediscovered' the visitor becomes acquainted with a series of key works by Flemish and international artists who ‘have a thing about Bruegel’. They latch onto his themes, reinterpret them, quote him ... and thus demonstrate that his work has lost none of its relevance

Bruegel, the misunderstanding

The exhibition takes as its starting point ‘the great misunderstanding’, when Bruegel, in the last years of the Romance era, was proclaimed a painter of peasant psalms, crackling snow landscapes and eternally rustling cornfields, with his roots firmly in the Flemish clay. The exhibition inquires the way in which Flemish, and by extension Belgian and international artists, handled his artistic legacy in the period between and after the wars. Hence we focus on the following artists: James Ensor, Valerius De Saedeleer, Jules De Bruycker, Gustave Van de Woestyne, Jean Brusselmans, Constant Permeke, Anto Carte, Otto Dix and George Grosz.

Bruegel, today

At the same time, the exhibition pulls out various contemporary stops, with art, performance and music. In collaboration with curators Luk Lambrecht and Lieze Eeneman, ten artists have been invited to delve into the themes from Bruegel’s work or into the interpretation of them by the generation of rediscoverers. These creations are linked to existing works relevant within the context. Included artists are Pascale Marthine Tayou, Honoré d’O, Emanuelle Quertain, Jan Van Imschoot & Salam Atta Sabri, Dirk Braeckman/Franz West/Lisbeth Gruwez, Kasper Bosmans, Gilberto Zorio, Grazia Todori, Anetta Mona Chisa & Lucia Tkácová, Christoph Fink, Daniel Buren, Jimmie Durham & Ricardo Brey and Bart Lodewijks.

Bruegel, worldwide

The exhibition continues with a creation by Rimini Protokoll, one of Berlin's most creative theater companies. They develop an installation that forms an interactive and immersive counterpoint to the exhibition trajectory: 'Global Village. To Bruegel.' Rimini Protokoll draws a contemporary 'portrait' of country life in the form of a video installation with Virtual Reality glasses. As in Bruegel's paintings, the visitor / viewer is confronted with a complex play of gestures and mutual relations that evokes the essence of rural life, not only in Flanders, but all over the world. The installation places the visitor unexpectedly in the middle of this model of society. 

With the support of

The exhibition Feast of Fools. Bruegel Rediscovered is part of the ‘Flemish Masters’ project of VISITFLANDERS, which is supporting Feast of Fools. Bruegel Rediscovered.

 

Practical information

Dates

7 April to 28 July 2019

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last visit at 5 p.m.)

Open every day except Mondays

Open on Holidays

Address

GAASBEEK CASTLE

Kasteelstraat 40

1750 Gaasbeek (Lennik)

Belgium

T. +32 (0)2 531 01 30

kasteelvangaasbeek@vlaanderen.be

www.feastoffools.be

Parking for 350 cars, 4 busses

Admission

€ 15 (incl. Museum garden)

Consessions and groups: € 14

Under 18: € 2

Under 7: free

Booking

Online ticketing as of November 2018 at www.feastoffools.be

Guided visits can be booked at least two weeks in advance at bezoek.gaasbeek@vlaanderen.be

Trade contact: Nancy Verhulst, bezoek.gaasbeek@vlaanderen.be, T +32 (0)2 531 01 44

Images

James Ensor, Geraamten in travestie, 1894, (c)Antwerpen, The Phoebus Foundation
James Ensor, Geraamten in travestie (1894), © Antwerpen, The Phoebus Foundation
James Ensor, Skelet arresteert maskers (1891), (c)Antwerpen, The Phoebus Foundation
James Ensor, Skelet arresteert maskers (1891), (c)Antwerpen, The Phoebus Foundation
Constant Permeke, Kermis, 1921, KMSKA, (c) www.lukasweb.be, Art in Flanders vzw, foto Hugo Maertens
Constant Permeke, Kermis, 1921, KMSKA, (c) www.lukasweb.be, Art in Flanders vzw, foto Hugo Maertens
Gustave Van de Woestyne, De slechte zaaier, 1908,  (c) Antwerpen, The Phoebus Foundation
Gustave Van de Woestyne, De slechte zaaier, 1908, (c) Antwerpen, The Phoebus Foundation
Gustave Van de Woestyne, De Papeter, 1911, Sint-Martens-Latem, Gemeentelijk Museum Gevaert-Minne, (c) Erwin De Keyzer
Gustave Van de Woestyne, De papeter (1911), Sint-Martens-Latem, Gemeentelijk Museum Gevaert-Minne, © Erwin De Keyzer