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Use the ‘Bid’ button to send an email in which you state your bid, the artwork on which you are bidding, and your name. All bids are binding. The auction closes on 26 September at 18.00. The highest bidder for each artwork will receive a confirmation email. After payment, in consultation, each buyer will collect their purchased artwork in Amsterdam or Wijlre.


Current bid € 1200
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Johan Tahon
Monk Study, 2019
Stoneware, 24 x 7 x 7 cm

When organising this auction, we noticed we began to fall in love with the works. Of course, we discuss which ones we’d like to buy. This work by Tahon is high on all of our lists.

Tahon creates anatomy-defying human figures. The downcast heads are the only realistic elements and therefore are key to drawing people into the subject. Initially, Tahon worked in plaster. Later he built his often colossal human figures from a combination of plaster, bronze and ceramics. In 2015, Tahon made a 14-metre-high statue on the atrium of the Ministry of Finance, a place ruled by ratio, in The Hague.

The focus is on that almost ominous sense of stillness to which his sculptures coerce us, as it were – a purity and striving for the absolute. The sculptures also give the strong impression of a laborious and challenging struggle with the artisanal making conditions. This fight is an endeavour of creating a complete image.

Galerie Gerhard Hofland, Amsterdam, donated this work.

In the wake of the flood disaster in Limburg, Kasteel Wijlre estate is holding an online benefit auction, the proceeds of which will go entirely to the estate. From 20 to 26 September, you can bid on 21 works of art, from established artists to up-and-coming talent. Place your bid and get your hands on one of these masterpieces. Your purchase will help the estate become the meeting place that connects art, nature, architecture, and heritage again.

Participating artists: P. Struycken, Gé-karel van der Sterren, Ger van Elk, David Bade, André de Jong, Stephen Wilks, Toon Verhoef, Milah van Zuilen, Joris Vanpoucke, Petrovsky & Ramone, Wieteke Heldens, Oscar Lourens, Ien Lucas , Koen van den Broek, Phoebe Pryor, Klaas Kloosterboer, Twan Janssen, Andrea Radai, Johan Tahon, Pieter W. Postma, Chaim van Luit.

We were delighted to reopen after the mandatory corona lockdown. But how our hearts sank when we were hit by the severe floods three weeks later. Within hours of the Geul bursting its banks, the park and Hedge House art pavilion were deluged with water. The damage to the art pavilion is extensive, and the ‘Spirit of Kindergarten’ exhibition will not return to the Hedge House due to lengthy renovations. The estate’s park has also suffered considerable damage. As a result, the Hedge House will again be unable to receive visitors for a long time and we will miss out on much-needed public income for a year.

Thanks to all the artists and the galleries Gerhard Hofland, Fons Welters, Borzo, Torch Gallery, The Merchant House, Ron Mandos, Andriesse-Eyck, De Expeditie, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, galerie Onrust en Tegenboschvanvreden.

The online benefit auction will take place from 20 to 26 September 2021 at www.kasteelwijre.nl

The Kasteel Wijlre estate foundation is responsible for the operation, cultural programming of exhibitions, educational projects, and the garden maintenance of the Gesamtkunstwerk. Our vision is to connect people, art, nature, architecture and heritage.