Kasteel Wijlre
Temporarily closed
29.03.2020 — 01.06.2020
Castle, Hedge House, Coach House, Garden, Salon

Due to the Corona virus outbreak, Castle Wijlre estate is temporarily closed. We are opening the gates again on 1 June. Reserve your ticket now!

Klaas Kloosterboer – Act between sliding doors
01.03.2020 — 01.11.2020
Hedge House

'To be an artist is to take people on an adventure, or to have an adventure yourself and hoping that others will follow' Klaas Kloosterboer.

Kasteel Wijlre presents a solo exhibition by artist Klaas Kloosterboer (1959) in the Hedge House art pavilion. The exhibition surveys thirty years of his practice.

Chaim van Luit & Jo Eyck – Conversations #2
05.03.2020 — 01.11.2020
Coach House

In this second edition of the Conversations long-term programme, Kasteel Wijlre estate presents a solo exhibition by artist Chaim van Luit (1985, Heerlen). This exhibition focuses on a dialogue between Chaim van Luit and Jo Eyck (1929, Heerlen), art collector and founder of the country estate.

Giuseppe Penone – Giardino Eyck 05.03.2020 — 01.11.2020

Kasteel Wijlre’s woods has two permanent artworks by Giuseppe Penone (1947, Garessio, IT): Pathway Tree and Bronze Tree (1997). This presentation in the Coach House features the original designs, moulds, photography and printed matter from the artwork’s realization.

Pathway Tree consists of a hedge structure with three different branches that you walk through. At the end of one of the paths, a ten-metre-high bronze cast of a tree reaches up to the sky. The hedge creates the illusion of a fallen tree’s imprint, but the work is based on a small branch of a tree. The bronze tree stands at the end of one of the branches.

Talking about the bronze tree in a 2012 interview with art critic Roos van der Lint, Penone explains: “Trees grow upwards, towards the light, but you cast bronze from the top down. This casting technique then assumes the structure of a tree by dividing the bronze back up through the mould. To allow air to escape during this process, pipes, which look like branches, are inserted into the mould.”

Giuseppe Penone, a farmer's son, grew up in the Italian countryside near Turin. Much of his work is based on ecological processes and expresses an intimate connection with nature and its forces. Penone was a proponent of Arte Povera and is interested in natural growth and processes of change. His work often makes visible what is not tangible in reality. Trees are a significant and recurring element in his oeuvre. As a sculptor, he seeks the traces that time manifests in matter. Giuseppe Penone lives and works in Turin, where he studied at the Accademia delle Belle Arti.

Route – Greyometer
05.03.2020 — 01.11.2020
Hedge House, Coach House, Garden, Salon

Kasteel Wijlre estate offers several walking routes through its spectacular gardens. Every year, Kasteel Wijlre estate invites an artist, botanist, historian, architect or philosopher to develop a novel route through the garden. Each route tells its own story about the location.

Artist Oscar Lourens developed the Greyometer. With the help of a circle with a grayscale, the wanderer measures the different shades of grey in the garden, the buildings and the art works at the estate.

Please click here for more information about the other Routes.

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