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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.

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Joris Vanpoucke
Mountains, 2021</strong
Paint on canvas, 40 x 30 cm

This work by Joris Vanpoucke brings everything to a standstill. It feels strange and uncanny. Vanpoucke has made a series of landscapes depicting a stormy world. Nature is a metaphor for life’s appearance and eradication and the search for the darkness of being. This evolution and search for identity is contrasted with the urgency and transience of the earthly and takes place at the boundaries of existence. As you can see, we like artists with a profound relationship with the earthly; the world in which we may dwell during our existence. And Vanpoucke does this like no other.

Vanpoucke takes inspiration from his daily walks around his studio in Antwerp, which he prefers to make at sunrise or sunset because of the exceptional light. During these moments, he reflects on his existential thoughts and doubts: questions about a meaningful life or making the right choices. It is precisely these questions that define his paintings. We believe the works refer to something overarching and complex, something so comprehensive that it transcends notions of beauty.

We discovered Vanpoucke’s work at Galerie Gerhard Hofland during the first lockdown in 2020. We were immediately enchanted and are incredibly pleased that this handsome work is in the auction for Kasteel Wijlre estate.

The artist 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.