Castle of Gaasbeek

Divine Decadence
March 27 - June 26, 2016
Brussels, Belgium

David LaChapelle’s Pamela Anderson: Hollywood Nights, 2001, will be featured at the Castle of Gaasbeek in Belgium as a part of a group exhibit ‘Divine Decadence’ which will be open from from March 27, 2016 to June 26, 2016.

Divine Decadence, an exhibition in collaboration with Mechelen-based theatre group Abattoir Fermé, will bring to life Decadent cult book A Rebours by Joris-Karl Huysman. At the end of the nineteenth century, in the age of industrialisation, the Decadents escaped what they considered banal reality through beauty and art. Today, artists still rebel against a good many social norms and taboos. Various works of art immerse you in the luxurious and sometimes dark world of decadence.

LaChapelle’s work will be featured amongst other artists such as Berlinde De Bruyckere, Jan Fabre, Erwin Olaf, Félicien Rops, Kees Van Dongen en Jan Van Oost.

On 9 April, a major ‘Art Room’ will open with the works of the Italian painter Roberto Ferri. He reaches back, both in style and technique, to the major Baroque masters and uses classical themes and Christian stories that seem to place him outside our own time. But his glorious and graceful bodies betray a fascinating darker side. Claws, horns and fins make them mutate into something monstrous.

Gaasbeek Castle is located just outside Brussels amidst the gently rolling hills of the Pajottenland. The medieval castle had an eventful past and evolved from a strategic stronghold into a spacious country house. One if its most famous owners was the Count of Egmond. The current building was redesigned in Romantic style at the end of the 19th century thanks to the eccentric Marquise Arconati Visconti. She decorated the castle as a museum to house her vast art collection and played it like a historical theatre setting. The dream castle which was created at the time is still a bit of a time machine.

Gaasbeek is a subdistrict of Lennik, about 10 km southwest of Brussels.

Open from March 27, 2016 to November 6, 2016, open every day except Mondays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last visit at 5 p.m.)

Kasteelstraat, 40 - 1750 Gaasbeek (Lennik)
T. 02 531 01 30 - F. 02 531 01 43
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