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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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Koen van den Broek
Casting Balance, 2020 (edition of 50)
Screen print 70 x 50 cm

Casting Balance is a screenprint based on the same-titled painting that Belgian painter Koen van den Broek made in 2019. For his first overview exhibition, The Beginning, at Galerie Ron Mandos in 2020, he produced this screenprint symbolising hope and a new beginning. And this is exactly the situation we find ourselves in after the floods. We remain hopeful, and this auction marks our fresh start.

Casting Balance is a new type of work for Van den Broek. The artist found this twig with autumn leaves close to his home. Typically, Van den Broek tries to distance himself from the grey Belgian landscape, but he absorbs this landscape in this work. Casting Balance reflects on a lonely period, symbolised by the twig’s fragility. Yet, it is also about discovering a new balance. ‘I eventually started speaking to myself and those twigs during this period. This “casting” is like an actor who is assigned a role in a movie. The twigs were allowed to audition and were given a role in my work,’ explains Van den Broek.

Galerie Ron Mandos, 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.