Thomas Lerooy & Félicien Rops / Vanity Fair
01 April 2018 - 10 June 2018
The year 2018 is dominated at Castle Gaasbeek by the theme of 'vanitas'. The Vanity Fair exhibition presents a dialogue between Thomas Lerooy (° 1981) and Félicien Rops (1833-1898), two artists who have a special affinity with one another. Lerooy, who two years ago caused a stir with his sensational Beauty in the Shadow of the Stars exhibition in the Petit Palais in Paris, works just like the satirical Rops on decadent themes such as transitoriness, mortality and decay, and also refers formally to art history. Extreme contrasts and sardonic ironies are part of this process: flowers appear to grow out of a skeleton, centaurs pose as lap dogs, cherubs swirl around in a kind of playful dance... Much of his work is made of bronze, a material that invokes distance and monumentality, but, like Rops, Lerooy is also a virtuoso draughtsman. A meeting between two soul mates, between angels and demons...
In collaboration with the Félicien Rops Museum, Namur