Kairos Castle. The Art of the Moment

01 April 2017 - 18 June 2017

´Seize eternity in the moment.´ (Ernst Bloch)

Kairos Castle is an exhibition on ´the opportune moment´, with Dutch philosopher and author Joke Hermsen as curator. We know Chronos as the time that we have. But who also knows his grandson Kairos, the god of ´the opportune moment´, who provides unexpected insights and offers new opportunities? He interrupts measurable time and represents all those inspired moments of beauty and vigour that make life intense. Kairos is the time that we are.

With this exhibition, Joke Hermsen shows Gaasbeek Castle as a place where time is ´stacked´, where this other time is experienced. Together with a team of artists she sets out in search of traces of the inspiring ´Kairos time´. With word and image, sound and colour she is seeking for muted time, for reflection, inspiration and movement.

Artists involved: Maarten Baas, Peter Bogers, Alice Brasser, Mynke Buskens, David Claerbout, Alexandra Cool, Mariska de Groot, Jaap de Jonge, Eric de Nie, Nicolas de Staël, Gilbert Garcin, Antony Gormley, Susanna Hertrich, Rebecca Horn, Marlies Hulzebos, Jay Mark Johnson, Dani Karavan, Evi Keller, Olga Kisseleva in collaboration with Sylvain Reynal, Jorge Macchi, George Meertens, Corinne Mercadier, Sofie Muller, Otobong Nkanga, Hans Op de Beeck, Thierry Pécastaing, André Pielage, Quayola, Pipilotti Rist, Georgia Russell, Anri Sala, Susumu Shingu, Chiharu Shiota, Marielin Simons, Berndnaut Smilde, Patrick Van Caeckenbergh, Martijn Veldhoen and Antonella Zazzera.

Music from Laurie Anderson, J.S. Bach, Barbara, F.S. Blumm & Nils Frahm, Bugge Wesseltoft, W.H. Davies, Philip Glass, Olivier Greif, Gérard Grisey, Tord Gustavsen & Simin Tander, Toshio Hosokawa, Ibrahim Maalouf, Felix Mendelssohn, Meredith Monk, Mayke Nas, Henk Doeke Odinga, Arvo Pärt, Maurice Ravel, Steve Reich, Pierre Reverdy, Michael Riesman en Lyric Quartet, Kaija Saariaho, Giacinto Scelsi, Dobrinka Tabakova, John Tavener and Simeon Ten Holt and poems from Gerrit Kouwenaar and Henk van der Waal

Under the patronage of Mrs. Maryem van den Heuvel, Ambassador of the Netherlands in Belgium

Practical information

  • From Saturday 1 April to Sunday 18 June 2017
  • Click here for the opening times.
  • Click here for the ticket prices.
  • Click here for guided tours.
  • When purchasing the book Kairos Castle (ISBN 978 94 014 4289 3), made in collaboration with Lannoo Publishing, you will receive a free entrance ticket (€ 12 value). The book costs € 22,50 and is for sale in the museumshop (SOLD OUT!), on and in bookshops.

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