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After seven years, Brigitte Bloksma says goodbye to Kasteel Wijlre estate


Kasteel Wijlre estate congratulates Brigitte on her new appointment as director of the Beelden aan Zee museum in Scheveningen. From 1 May 2022, she will succeed Jan Teeuwisse, who will retire.
Brigitte Bloksma took up the position of director of the Kasteel Wijlre Estate Foundation in April 2015. She transformed the private initiative of art collectors Jo and Marlies Eyck into a public institution supported by government and private funding.

Over the past seven years, Brigitte has increased the institution’s regional and international visibility and initiated various regional, national and international collaborations with many institutions at home and abroad. Under her professional leadership, the estate presented a versatile exhibition and public programme in the Hedge House, the Coach House and the garden, showcasing work by many renowned artists. In 2017, she initiated and led the transfer of the estate to the Elisabeth Strouven Fund, which focuses on a sustainable future for the estate.

Kasper Donners, Chair of the Supervisory Board: “The Supervisory Board is sad to see Brigitte Bloksma leave but is very grateful for her contribution to the development of Kasteel Wijlre estate. Brigitte played a crucial role in shaping Kasteel Wijlre into what it is today. Therefore, we should like to express our great appreciation and gratitude to her. We wish her every success in her new position.”
Brigitte: “Kasteel Wijlre estate will forever have a warm place in my heart. It was inspiring to develop this beautiful Gesamtkunstwerk into a public and lively place where art, nature and architecture converge so uniquely. It was a privilege to advance the ideas of Jo and Marlies. I will miss the team’s warmth, the changing seasons in the garden, and the collection and thank the family, all colleagues, volunteers, artists, and partners from the public and private domain for their trust and support.”

Brigitte will be available for the estate until the completion of the restored Hedge House next summer. Therefore, Brigitte will start part-time at the Beelden aan Zee museum in May and take up the position full-time in September.


Kasteel Wijlre estate has been severely hit by the recent floods and has to remain closed for the time being. The works of art from the current exhibitions ‘Spirit of Kindergarten’ in the Hedge House and ‘GREY MATTERS’ in the Coach House have been brought to safety. Together with our partners and volunteers, we are doing everything we can to welcome you back as soon as possible.


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