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Kasteel Wijlre estate in collaboration with Lismore Castle Arts presents Traces, an international group exhibition about the relationship between art and nature, with works by 10 contemporary artists. The participating artists’ work is intertwined with artworks from the (former) collection of Jo and Marlies Eijck, the founders of Kasteel Wijlre estate. The exhibition runs from 5 July to 18 November 2018.

With works by Jean-Marc Bustamante – Alan Butler – Ger van Elk – Anne-Charlotte Finel – Michel François – Noémie Goudal – Martin Healy – Siobhán Hapaska – Tony Matelli – Giuseppe Penone – Diana Scherer – Thomas Trum – Sanne Vaassen – Michael John Whelan

Curators: Paul McAree and Brigitte Bloksma

The designed gardens, planting, and surrounding landscape of Castle Wijlre and Lismore Castle Arts are in a continuous state of change that is both respectful of tradition and always open to contemporary developments. It is this dynamic of the past and present, of management and conservation, of reflection and provocation, and of growth and decay that is reflected in the exhibition’s artworks. Walking around the country estate, Traces subtly reveals the idea of conflict: a battle that leaves its mark and is constantly present in nature.

Artists have always been influenced by and interested in the connection we experience with nature; how we try to dominate it and sometimes even work against it. The Traces exhibition looks at humankind’s assumed authority over nature. At the heart of the exhibition is the question of whether our perception and experience of nature is a construct.

Traces features the work of artists who sometimes literally use nature as the roots and source for their work. At certain moments, they seem to halt nature’s volatility and transience. Sometimes they confront us with nature’s vulnerability, immortalising nature through its transformation it into a new type of product, capturing it on film or video, or freezing it in an indestructible material.

The Traces exhibition can be seen at the Hedge House, the Coach House, and the Garden of the country estate.

Kasteel Wijlre estate and Lismore Castle Arts collaboration
It is the first time that these two special places have jointly developed a substantive programme and exhibition. But the collaboration was no coincidence; both institutions are known for their contemporary art exhibitions, award-winning gardens, and their track record as private initiatives.

The long-term collaboration between Kasteel Wijre and Lismore Castle Arts fits within the estate’s ambition to work with like-minded European partners by exchanging and developing knowledge and programmes with them to create unique places for contemporary art, heritage, and architecture and to preserve and make visible nature for society.

Noémie Goudal, Les Mécaniques I-II (2016)