Opening and press visit summer exhibitions The Private Papers & Exquisite Corpses

Opening and press visit summer exhibitions The Private Papers & Exquisite Corpses

Rubens in Life and Death & Erwin Olaf's homage to Egmont

Gaasbeek Castle invites you to the opening and exclusive preview of our summer exhibitions on Friday 29 June at 3 p.m. at Gaasbeek Castle. We offer an afternoon tea and the opportunity to visit the exhibitions together with the director of the castle, Luc Vanackere.

RSVP to kasteelvangaasbeek@vlaanderen.be by Monday 25 June 

In 'The Private Papers / Rubens in Life and Death' we place two major documents from our castle archive in the spotlight: Rubens’ marriage contract and his last will. Storytelling agency Shaved Monkey has created a multimedia show that brings both exceptional manuscripts to life. Details have been magnified, and provide a special audio-visual experience. The visitor will be given a unique insight into the personal life of the great Flemish master. In collaboration with the Rubenianum, Antwerp.

Dutch master photographer, Erwin Olaf (°1959) shot photos inspired by the painting 'The Last Tribute to the Counts of Egmont and Horne' (1851) by Louis Gallait, which portrays the deceased Count of Egmont (1522-1568), one of the most striking former castle residents. Gaasbeek Castle is resuming this exhibition specially for this vanitas year. These impressive photographs show Egmont’s entourage and the Brabant nobility paying him their last respects. Olaf has added some striking female figures, with a nod to Marchioness Arconati Visconti, the last owner of the castle.

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Joke Beyl Press and communications officer, Gaasbeek Castle
Joke Beyl Press and communications officer, Gaasbeek Castle
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)