Sleeping Beauties

09 September 2011 - 13 November 2011

Sleeping Beauties at Gaasbeek Castle ... This exhibition, which runs from 9 September through 13 November 2011, uses the castle as a metaphor. Indeed, as a historical house, it is a "sleeping beauty" of sorts in its own right, a dream machine in which time seems to come to a standstill.

Nothing happens unless first we dream. (Carl Sandburg)

Sleeping Beauties wants to be more than a predictable collection of sleeping beauties. The exhibition leads the visitor into a dream world "down the rabbit hole". It displays a selection of works of contemporary art from the past thirty years that was specifically inspired by sleep and dream. In keeping with the philosophy of Gaasbeek Castle, the works by big names and upcoming talent alike interact with the romantic castle interiors. We meet sleeping characters and poetic daydreamers, as well as mysterious silhouettes and haunting nightmares.
Visitors are immersed into a surreal atmosphere inspired by the blue hour. They enter an intermediate world that floats between day and night, between awake and asleep - a world in which reality, fake and dreams appear real, where time slows down and becomes almost tangible.
At the same time, a number of castle rooms feature a historical sleeping scene which comments on and counters the current exhibition from a strategic location. This creates a second thread which runs parallel to the main storyline, much like residue from the past, or a "hidden persuader" as it were.

A few artists: Michael Borremans, Sophie Calle, David Claerbout, Desirée Dolron, Lily Dujourie, Ann Veronica Janssen, Hans Op de Beeck, Andres Serrano, Spencer Tunick, Bill Viola, ...


Spencer Tunick, Flanders 2 (Gaasbeek Castle), 2011, chromogenic color print, courtesy of the artist
Bill Viola, American, ° 1951, The Sleep of Reason, 1988, Wooden chest, vase and artificial roses, alarm clock, lamp ... video installation, 169 in. x 230 in. x 264 in., Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; gift of Milton Fine and A.W. Mellon Acquisition Endowment Fund, photograph © Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
Andres Serrano, The Morgue (Rat Poison Suicide), 1992, CIBA chrome onder perspex, Collectie Groninger Museum
Michaël Borremans, Gone, 2003, oil on wood, 20,9 x 26,5 cm (framed: 40 x 45,5 cm), foto: Peter Cox, courtesy Zeno X Gallery, Antwerpen
David Claerbout, Venice Lightbox (isola San Michele), 2000, 110 x 150 x 20 cm, b/w cibachrome in lightbox, 3 + A.P, courtesy the artist and galleries Micheline Szwajcer, Yvon Lambert and Hauser & Wirth
Hans Op de Beeck, Determination (New York Kids) (12),2003, light box, 97 x 97 x 28 cm, courtesy the artist and Xavier Hufkens, Brussels

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Sleeping Beauties