Exhibition Exquisite Corpses / Erwin Olaf’s Homage to Egmont
Death is omnipresent in the history of Gaasbeek Castle. But one man’s loss was another man’s gain. The castle always rose again, like a phoenix from its ashes. This vanitas, or transience of life in the castle, was captured stunningly in 2012 by the Dutch master photographer, Erwin Olaf (59). He 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. In addition, he has integrated Belgian fashion (with accessories by names such as Delvaux, Ann Demeulemeester, Jean-Paul Knott, Jean-Paul Lespagnard, Elvis Pompilio, Kaat Tilley, Dries Van Noten, Wouters & Hendrix) into the main scene and the derived portraits. The icing on the cake is a monumental photo of a 'real' vanitas piece, constructed around Egmont’s heart, which is preserved in a lead box.
Details / from Sunday 1 July to Sunday 26 August 2018, open daily from 10.00 to 18.00 hours (last entry at 17.00 hours), closed on Mondays, open on public holidays. Tickets cost € 12, discount and group rate € 10, under 18 € 2, under 7 free.
For more information about this press release, contact Joke Beyl, T. +32 (0)2 531 01 36 or firstname.lastname@example.org, www.kasteelvangaasbeek.be.
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