Feast of Fools. Bruegel Rediscovered

Feast of Fools. Bruegel Rediscovered

From 07.04 until 28.07.2019 in Gaasbeek Castle

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 modern and contemporary 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 Romantic 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, Stijn Streuvels, August Sander, Hubert Malfait and George Grosz.

Bruegel, today
At the same time, the exhibition pulls out various contemporary stops, with art, video and music. Curators Luk Lambrecht and Lieze Eneman invited a series of contemporary artists to  reflect on Bruegel's work, resulting in creations by Lázara Rosell Albear, Kasper Bosmans, Dirk Braeckman, Ricardo Brey, Carlos Caballero, Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová, Leo Copers, Jimmie Durham, Christoph Fink, Jan Van Imschoot, Bart Lodewijks, Hana Miletić, Yola Minatchy, Elisabeth Ida Mulyani, Honoré d’O, Ornaghi & Prestinari, Jonathan Paepens, Emmanuelle Quertain, Kurt Ryslavy, Sam Samiee, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Grazia Toderi, Yurie Umamoto, Birde Vanheerswynghels, Peter Verhelst & Anneleen Boehme and Gosie Vervloessem.  These creations will be linked to relevant existing work of Marcel Broodthaers, Mario Merz, Panamarenko and Franz West.  

Studio Job also created a new sculpture for this exhibition, 'The Peasant Wedding', a rather funky homage to the great painter.

Bruegel, worldwide
The exhibition also presents a creation by Rimini Protokoll, one of Berlin's most creative theatre companies. They developed an immersive Virtual Reality project that focuses on our contemporary food industry, with the ironic title: ‘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, as depicted by Bruegel, have turned into high-tech agro-industries and the food we buy in supermarkets has become a highly customized product whose origins most of us ignore. Meanwhile, the world population has doubled in the last 50 years. Rimini Protokoll embarks on a research to find out what farming and food production look like today. 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 of
The exhibition 'Feast of Fools. Bruegel Rediscovered' is part of the ‘Flemish Masters’ project of VISITFLANDERS, which is supporting the exhibition.


Practical information / from sunday 7 april until 28 juli 2019, open daily from 10AM until 6PM (last entrance at 5PM), closed on monday, open on holidays. Admission is €15 (standard ticket), €14 concessions, €2 for -18 years and free for kids -7 years. Audioguide included. The Feast of Fools ticket also gives you access to artwork in the Museumgarden.
A special audiotour for kids has been developed together with 'Het Geluidshuis'.
Guided tours can be booked and are available in English, Dutch, French, German, Russian, Italian and Spanish.
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For more information about this pressrelease, contact Tess Thibaut tess.thibaut@vlaanderen.be - www.kasteelvangaasbeek.be

Tess Thibaut Communicatieverantwoordelijke, Kasteel Van Gaasbeek
About Gaasbeek Castle

Gaasbeek Castle sits enthroned amidst the rolling hills of Pajottenland just outside Brussels. The medieval castle has had an eventful history, evolving from a strategic stronghold to a spacious country house. The Count of Egmont (1522-68) was one of its most celebrated owners, but it was the eccentric Marquise Arconati Visconti (1840-1923) who set about remodeling the building in the romantic style we see today. She turned the inside of the castle into a museum to house her huge art collection, displaying it in historical stage sets. There is still something of a time machine about the dream castle she created. Visitors wander through historicizing interiors filled with tapestries, paintings, furniture, sculptures and other valuable objects.

A visit to the castle is a feast for all the senses. We aim to give our visitors an experience that will stay with them for many years to come. Imaginative contemporary art exhibitions which creatively relate the historic heritage to the present day, make for ever-changing displays.

The park surrounding the castle with its ancient trees, its lakes, avenues, narrow winding paths, chapel, pavilion and other historic buildings is the perfect place to unwind. The estate also boasts a wonderful museum garden, where old varieties of fruit and vegetables are nurtured.

Gaasbeek Castle
Kasteelstraat 40
1750 Gaasbeek (Lennik)