1|05 ▶ 5|07|2015
We all have somewhere in our minds the same images of the 18th century. Wigs and hooped petticoats. Towering hairstyles and elegant furniture. Fine porcelain on lavishly decked tables. Sensual portraits and frivolous paintings. The 18th century was the time of the Enlightenment and of the flowering of the arts and sciences. But it also created a playful, artificial world for aristocrats wanting to escape reality and immerse themselves in fantasy. A charmed world of pleasure, abundance and voluptuousness, of pastel tints and curlicues, a world which inspires many an artist to this day. Spreading themselves over all three floors of the castle these artists will show you the 18th century as you have never seen it before.
This Spring the former summer residence of the aristocratic d’Ursel family will be the setting for an unusual exhibition: SWEET 18.
SWEET 18 will show you the 18th century through the eyes of fifty contemporary designers, artists and fashion designers.
American artist Chris Antemann will be exhibiting ‘Ambrosia’, 2014, courtesy of Meissen Couture Art Collection in collaboration with The Cynthia Corbett Gallery.
The fine china of Meissen, Sèvres and Wedgwood remains to this day an inexhaustible source of inspiration. The sculptural groups of American artist Chris Antemann may look like replicas, but reveal themselves on closer inspection to be rather wicked tableaux, full of forbidden fruit.
SWEET 18 has been brought together by the following team of curators: Luisa Bernal (art), Dieter Van Den Storm (design), Wim Mertens (fashion) and Hélène Bremer (art).