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Jo Eyck (1929 – 2021), Founder of Kasteel Wijlre and the Hedge House


Art collector and founder of Kasteel Wijlre and the Hedge House has passed.

In 1981, Mr and Mrs Eyck acquired Wijlre Castle, which had fallen into disrepair. They restored the historic castle, the coach house and the castle garden. On the basis of their special philosophy of life, they connected their contemporary art collection with the surrounding nature and heritage. “A cultural oasis” is what Jo Eyck called the country house.

In 2001 the Hedge House was constructed, to a design by architect Wiel Arets. The art pavilion houses an orchid greenhouse, an orangery, a chicken coop and an exhibition space.

Jo and Marlies Eyck have organized inspiring and internationally acclaimed exhibitions over the years. In 2012, the operation of the buitenplaats and the programming of exhibitions, educational activities and cultural projects was transferred to the Buitenplaats Kasteel Wijlre Foundation. In September 2017, the Eyck couple donated the estate to the Elisabeth Strouven Fund. The fund has since taken care of the maintenance and restoration. Together, the foundation and the fund continue the life’s work of the couple.

November 2021



Our member Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens has a great new website


Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens has a great new website!

“The website will be the platform to discover our exhibitions, projects and collection. It is the ‘face’ of the museum: a first introduction for new visitors, a signpost for rediscoverers and a resource for researchers.

The content is a work-in-progress, with more than 50 years of exhibition history to go. In this first phase, we chose to put the museum’s core collection online; ninety-five paintings and eleven sculptures donated to the Mw Jules Dhondt-Dhaenens Foundation by Jules and Irma Dhondt-Dhaenens“.

November 2021



Nasher Sculpture Center has a new acquisition


Nicolas Party’s ‘TBC (Head)’ is an oversized bust measuring over eight feet in height. The sculpture depicts a figure with features resembling that of painted ancient Greek sculpture, with a monumental scale that recalls the Colossus of Constantine.⁣ @nicolasparty has cited ancient Greek and Roman sculpture as influential to his aesthetic, though the work’s sense of whimsy and Surrealism also resonates with work by Rene Magritte and Joan Miró.⁣

Nasher Sculpture Center are excited to welcome this work to their collection.

October 2021



The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation Added a New Work to its Collection


One of the most popular advocations in Colombia, this painting on panel of Our Lady of Monguí is a welcome addition to the Foundation’s collection of works from Nueva Granada.  According to legend, the image was sent as a gift to the village of Monguí by either Charles V or Philip II in thanks for their allegiance to the Spanish crown.  In some versions of the legend, the king himself was responsible for painting the miraculous image.  Featuring the brown tones typical of Colombian painting of the 17th century, the gold touches were likely added later in the 18th century.

October 2021






Géraldine Breuil Has Just Been Named Deputy Director of Lafayette Anticipations


Géraldine Breuil has just been appointed Deputy Director of Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette. After a commercial (ESSEC Grande Ecole) and legal (Paris Bar) education, she started her career as a lawyer at Latham & Watkins in the Intellectual Property and New Technologies Law Department. She then joined the cultural sector in 2006. After a period in the production department of the Centre Pompidou, she worked for the RMN-Grand Palais. She had joined the Pinault Collection team in early 2019 to steer the opening of the Bourse de Commerce with Martin Bethenod. She joins the Lafayette Anticipations team to assist Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel, Director of the Foundation, in the implementation of her project to develop the influence of Lafayette Anticipations and its activities to support and promote contemporary creation, in France and internationally.

October 2021



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