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
Krijttekening van Bart Lodewijks
Gustave Van de Woestyne, De Papeter, 1911, Sint-Martens-Latem, Gemeentelijk Museum Gevaert-Minne, (c) Erwin De Keyzer
Anto Carte, L'Homme à la fourche (1924), Collection de la Province de Hainaut - Dépôt au BPS22, Charleroi (B)

Feast of Fools. Bruegel rediscovered

7.04 - 28.07.2019

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 for 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 James Ensor, Valerius De Saedeleer, Jules De Bruycker, Gustave Van de Woestyne, Frits Van den Berghe, 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 Lázara Rosell Albear, Kasper Bosmans, Dirk Braeckman, Ricardo Brey, Daniel Buren, Carlos Caballero, Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová, Jimmie Durham, Christoph Fink, Jan Van Imschoot & Sam Samiee, Bart Lodewijks, Hana Miletić, Yola Minatchy, Elisabeth Ida Mulyani, Honoré d’O, Ornaghi & Prestinari, Jonathan Paepens, Emmanuelle Quertain, Kurt Ryslavy, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Grazia Toderi, Yurie Umamoto, Birde Verheerswynghels, Peter Verhelst & Anneleen Boehme, Gosie Vervloessem and Gilberto Zorio. 
These creations will be linked to relevant existing work of Marcel Broodthaers, Mario Merz, Panamarenko and Franz West. 

Bruegel, worldwide

The exhibition continues with a creation by Rimini Protokoll, one of Berlin's most creative theater companies. They develop a video installation, with Virtual Reality-glasses, that forms an interactive and immersive counterpoint to the exhibition trajectory. Rimini Protokoll focuses on ‘Feast of Food’. While Bruegel was alive, food was still produced close to the consumer, only gradually exotic products found their way to our tables. This had radically changed in the 21st century: the families of farmers depicted by Bruegel have turned into high-tech agro-industries, the choices in the supermarkets are endless and we rarely know the origin of our food and drinks anymore. Meanwhile, the world population has doubled in the last 50 years. Rimini Protokoll explores how our food production changed through time. You, as a visitor, will be submerged into a world in which people work for us, far from our own kitchens: from Rungis – near Paris, the biggest food market in the world – to a gigantic slaughterhouse in Bavaria or plantations in Almería. 

With the support oflogo_vm_bruegel_en

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


Copyright images:

James Ensor, Skelet arresteert maskers (1891), ©Antwerpen, The Phoebus Foundation
Constant Permeke, Kermis, 1921, KMSKA, © www.lukasweb.be, Art in Flanders vzw, foto Hugo Maertens
Valerius De Saedeleer, Sneeuw in Vlaanderen (1928), Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen © www.lukasweb.be - Art in Flanders vzw, foto Hugo Maertens
Bart Lodewijks, Krijttekening, 2018
Gustave Van de Woestyne, De papeter (1911), Sint-Martens-Latem, Gemeentelijk Museum Gevaert-Minne, © Erwin De Keyzer
Walter Vaes, De misantroop (1903), Verzameling Ronny en Jessy Van de Velde, Antwerpen, foto Luc De Corte (Steurs)
Anto Carte, L'Homme à la fourche (1924), Collection de la Province de Hainaut - Dépôt au BPS22, Charleroi (B)

Practical information


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


Kasteelstraat 40
1750 Gaasbeek (Lennik)

T. +32 (0)2 531 01 30


Parking for 350 cars, 4 busses


Standard ticket: € 15 (incl. Museum garden)

Consessions and groups: € 14

Under 18: € 2

Under 7: free


Online ticketing here available. 

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