Kasteel Wijlre
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P. Struycken – Colour: Profusion and Variability
10.03.2019 — 10.11.2019
Castle, Hedge House, Coach House, Garden, Salon

Kasteel Wijlre estate presents a 3D painting that covers the interior of Hedge House art pavilion and a solo exhibition by artist Peter Struycken (The Hague, 1939) in the Coach House.

On the occasion of the eightieth birthday of visual artist Peter Struycken, Kasteel Wijlre estate presents the unique project P. Struycken - Colour: Profusion and Variability.

The project shows a 3D integrated colour work as a transformation of the Hedge House. At the same time, a retrospective exhibition of Struyckens dynamic colour spaces can be seen in the Coach House.

P. Struycken (The Hague, 1939) is a pioneer of digital art. He has been using the computer since 1968 in the design process of his work. Struycken researches colour from his early artistry. Fascinated by the complexity of colour in the everyday world, which is visible to everyone, he views it without preconceived value and dedicates himself in his artworks to studying its boundless variety, coherence and changeability.
From his first experiments with a computer-controlled colour television, the concept of colour space in the work of Struycken plays a key role. These colour spaces also form the starting point for the transition of the Hedge House and the retrospective exhibition.


05.07.2018 — 18.11.2018
Hedge House, Coach House, Garden, Salon

Kasteel Wijlre presents, in collaboration with Lismore Castle Arts (Ireland), the international group exhibition Traces. With works by 10 contemporary artists, whose contributions are interwoven with artworks from the (former) collection of Jo and Marlies Eyck, Traces explores relationship between art and nature. The exhibition is presented in the Hedge House, the Coach House and the Garden.

With: Jean-Marc Bustamante – Alan Butler – Ger van Elk – Anne-Charlotte Finel – Michel François – Noémie Goudal – Martin Healy – Siobhán Hapaska - Tony Matelli – Giuseppe Penone – Diana Scherer – Thomas Trum – Sanne Vaassen – Michael John Whelan.

Tim Eitel: Resident
08.03.2018 — 10.06.2018
Hedge House

Kasteel Wijlre estate presents the first solo exhibition in the Netherlands by visual artist Tim Eitel (1971, Leonberg (DE)). Over the past fifteen years, Tim Eitel has given a new impetus to painting in the contemporary art world.

je marche, j’ouvre une porte, je ferme une porte 08.03.2018 — 10.06.2018
Coach House

In ‘Les Paradis Artificiels’ (1860), Charles Baudelaire describes the human brain as a sensitive photographic film on which images are recorded, which over time are superimposed on top of each other.

‘What is the brain, if not an immense and natural palimpsest?[i] Such a palimpsest is my brain; such a palimpsest, oh reader! is yours. Everlasting layers of ideas, images, feelings, have fallen upon your brain softly as light.’ [ii]

The visitor is invited to enter Kasteel Wijlre’s 18th-century Coach House for an exhibition exploring this idea. Where once horses and coaches were ready to take you to other destinations, and the hayloft was a comfortable place to shelter from the rain, the Coach House now plays host to the exhibition je marche, j’ouvre une porte, je ferme une porte. The viewer can approach this casually, effortlessly, musingly, and daydreaming, just as Jean-Jacques Rousseau describes in ‘Les Rêveries du promeneur solitaire’ (1776–1778). [iii]

On both floors, the interlinked spaces include works by ten international artists. The works share a complex character – the subdued style and the way in which each of them transcends their own discipline and carries narratives with them.

The placement of the individual works in the exhibition spaces serves as a guide and as signifying traces of an evocative trail. Here we see bottles, glass jars, ornamental fruit, and dried twigs on a table. The objects cast light shadows onto a white carpet. Ash gently falling. A young woman reads a book in a white room. There, the lifeless body of a cat – further on, four individual voices. Someone falls into the water. These works – appearances – are on a human scale and intimate. They were formed and cherished and found a place in space. The scenes, sketches, and fragments comprising these works offer room for mental images, connect to early memories, take you to places from a distant past, or induce streams of thoughts and associations.

We return to Baudelaire’s brain-as-palimpsest. He writes that it seems like each new layer buries the other, but in reality, none are lost. ‘As incoherent as an existence may be, our unity as humans is not troubled in the least. Could we awaken all the echoes of memory at once, we would be granted a concert: a pleasant or a painful one, but either way a logical one with no discord.’[iv]

All works in the exhibition je marche, j’ouvre une porte, je ferme une porte are from the G + W Collection in the Netherlands. This collection was compiled by Albert Groot, psychiatrist and collector of contemporary art. The exhibition is curated by Chris Bestebreurtje and Petra Kuipers.


[i] A palimpsest originally referred to re-used piece of parchment. The ancient term for a palimpsest is codex rescriptus. The top layer of this parchment, with written text on it, was scraped off so that the parchment could again be inscribed. This was done because parchment is expensive.

[ii] Charles Baudelaire
‘Petits Poèmes en prose’, ‘Les Paradis artificiels’
Oeuvres complètes de Charles Baudelaire, Michel Lévy frères, 1869
VIII. Visions d’Oxford, I. Le Palimpseste, p. 329 (English Translation by Kirk Watson)

[iii] ‘Les Rêveries du promeneur solitaire’ (Reflections of a Lonely Walker) is an unfinished book by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, written between 1776 and 1778.

[iv] Baudelaire, ‘Les Paradis artificiels’, 329

Colouring – Guido Geelen
16.07.2017 — 12.11.2017
Hedge House, Garden

The exhibition Colouring consists of a unique overview of twenty chalices which Guido Geelen (Thorn, 1961) has made during his artistic career.

Since the 1980s, sculptor Guido Geelen has consistently given new impetus to Dutch ceramics. Estate founders Jo and Marlies Eijck bought Geelen’s first chalice piece in 1988. This work in red baked clay formed the starting point for a series of now twenty chalices, presented together for the first time in this exhibition. For this occasion, Geelen has made four new chalices.

In the forest of the estate, a monumental installation is installed as a reflection of the exhibition in the Hedge House.

Conversations #1 Esther Janssen – Miriam Gossing & Lina Sieckmann
16.07.2017 — 12.11.2017
Coach House

Conversations #1 is the first edition of a multi-year programme at the Coach House of Kasteel Wijlre estate. Each edition features two or three artists, filmmakers, architects, or designers, all born and raised in the Euroregion, at different phases of their careers.

Conversations #1 features the work of filmmakers Miriam Gossing (Siegburg (DE), 1988) & Lina Sieckmann (Engelskirchen (DE), 1988) and visual artist Esther Janssen (Maastricht, 1976).

Cut, Split & Eat – Gordon Matta-Clark (1943–1978)
12.03.2017 — 02.07.2017
Hedge House, Coach House

Kasteel Wijlre estate presents a unique project about one of the greatest avant-garde legends of the twentieth century: Gordon Matta-Clark.

At the Hedge House contemporary art pavilion, the project includes a special selection of many previously unseen collages, personal objects, photographs, drawings, and video works. In the historic Coach House, there is a reconstruction of his culinary project FOOD (SoHo, New York (1971–1974)), including dinners and lectures.

Kamer Eijck
20.03.2016 — 02.07.2017
Coach House

A special permanent addition to the Kasteel Wijlre estate’s presentation spaces is the Kamer Eijck.

Finissage with Marja Bloem and Flor Bex
30.06.2017 — 17:30
Coach House

On the occasion of the final weekend of Cut, Split & Eat, a festive finissage will be organised on 30 June at 17:30hrs. During this finissage, Marja Bloem (former conserver of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam) will talk about de relationship between food and art in the work of Gordon Matta-Clark and his colleagues, and Flor Bex will share his memories about the collaboration with Gordon Matta-Clark for the project Office Baroque. During the finissage, small dishes and drinks will be served in the spirit of the culinary artistic project FOOD, that Carol Goodden led with Gordon Matta-Clark from 1971 until 1973 in New York.

Please note the finissage is fully booked.

Dinner lecture Gordon Matta-Clark with Carol Goodden
19.05.2017 — 17:30
Coach House

On May 19, Carol Goodden (FOOD co-founder, artist, and former dancer with the Trisha Brown Dance Company) talked about her artistic collaboration with Gordon Matta-Clark. During a conversation with art collector Harold Berg,  she shared memories about the culinary project FOOD and living and working with Gordon Matta-Clark. Meanwhile, a three course dinner was served. The dinner lecture will took place in the Coach House, where a reconstruction of the FOOD project is shown with accompanying documentation and documentaries.

Lecture Carol Goodden at the Van Eyck
18.05.2017 — 20:00

Until 2 July, Kasteel Wijlre estate presents the exhibition Cut, Split & Eat about Gordon Matta-Clark (1943–1978) – one of the avant-garde legends of the seventies. As part of this project, Kasteel Wijlre estate invited Carol Goodden, former partner of Gordon Matta-Clark and dancer with the Trisha Brown Dance Company, for a programme of events in Maastricht and Wijlre.

What About a Garden
10.04.2016 — 30.10.2016
Hedge House, Coach House, Garden

What About a Garden examines the significance of the garden for our thinking and agency. A garden can be enchanting; it can comfort, calm, and relax. However, gardens can also unsettle and provoke. The tension between growth and decline, awareness and unknowingness, and stagnation and life, unearths the garden’s inherent conflicts; a friction synonymous with one’s being and spirit.

Family Tree – Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection
10.07.2016 — 30.10.2016
Hedge House

Family Tree – Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection was the first time Chinese art is shown at the Kasteel Wijlre estate.

Kim Zwarts – Compositions Trouvées
24.03.2016 — 03.07.2016
Hedge House

In autumn 2014, as part of the artist residency programme at Contretype, the Brussels centre for contemporary photography, Maastricht-based photographer Kim Zwarts (1955) studied the genius loci of the peristyle of the Brussels Palais de Justice.  The resulting 53 photographs were presented at the Hedge House in dialogue with a selection of 14 large-scale prints from his long-term American project, US.0916, which Zwarts worked on from 2009 to 2016.

Stephen Wilks – Bottle River (Vessels)
10.09.2015 — 15.11.2015
Hedge House

This monumental installation by Stephen Wilks reflects on the balance between nature, humankind, and our living environment.

TruCost Super-M-Art
27.09.2015 — 15.11.2015
Coach House

On the ground floor of the Coach House, Kasteel Wijlre estate in cooperation with the Plastic Soup Foundation presented the installation TruCost Super-M-Art by the artist duo Dirty Beach. The installation also provided the setting for an education programme. The TruCost Super-M-Art exhibition demonstrated, in a confrontational manner, how waste is removed from rivers and seas. At first sight, it seems like any other supermarket.

Ričardas Vaitiekūnas
26.03.2015 — 28.06.2015
Hedge House

A solo exhibition of work by Lithuanian painter Ričardas Vaitiekūnas, featured paintings from different periods of his eventful career and curated by guest curator Kestutis Šapoka. Vaitiekūnas (1940) lives and works in Vilnius.

The Mystic Gardener
11.09.2014 — 02.11.2014
Hedge House

Despite being world aware, the ten artists in The Mystic Gardener exhibition explore, seemingly stoically, the inscrutability of art and their work in dialogue with nature.

Ad Dekkers 1938-1974
17.03.2014 — 29.06.2014
Hedge House

The exhibition Ad Dekkers (1938–1974) marked Jo and Marlies Eijck’s strong commitment to the artist Ad Dekkers, whose work formed the heart of their collection. In a relatively short period from the mid-sixties to 1974, Ad Dekkers built an interesting and influential oeuvre of reliefs, sculptures, and drawings in which the means of the image (colour, shape, line) are brought back to its essence.

29.08.2013 — 27.10.2013
Hedge House

(T)HERE, curated by Ko van Dun, was an exhibition based on the collection of the ART21 collector’s group and is supplemented by loans from the collections G+W and the Bonnefantenmuseum (acquired from the Jo and Marlies Eijck Collection). (T)HERE was an exhibition about an increasingly complex and layered world, including images from far and near, real or virtual, and imagined and seen. The exhibition featured artists with a strong commitment to today’s world. Looking for new relationships, and using the imagination as a tool, they try to penetrate deeper into a complex reality.

Far from the Madding Crowd
25.04.2013 — 14.07.2013
Hedge House

Far from the Madding Crowd was an exhibition about paradoxical moments of isolation and exclusion in crowds.

Calenders Baer Cornet
16.07.2017 — 12.11.2017
Coach House

A selection of graphic designer Baer Cornet’s calendars for Verfindustrie Jac Eyck (Jac Eyck Paint Industry), designed between 1978 and 2000, will be displayed in the Salon of the Coach House until 12 November. Baer Cornet’s designs are characterised by the use of primary colours and white and a restricted number of sans-serif typefaces such as Monotype Grotesque, Frutiger, Futura, and Gill.