Kasteel d'Ursel / Castle d'Ursel

Wolfgang d'Urselstraat 9, 2880 Hingene • www.kasteeldursel.be
Tel: 00 32 3 820 60 10

For almost four centuries, Hingene Castle was the favourite summer residence of the aristocratic d’Ursel family. Each summer, the duke, together with his family and household, would arrive to take up residence in his magnificent stately home. Today, the castle is owned by the Province of Antwerp, which has been responsible for restoring this opulent residence to its former glory. Indeed, in 2014 the castle was awarded the Flemish Monuments Prize. Both adults and children are welcome to visit the castle for guided tours, concerts, exhibitions and other cultural events, including the biennial Castle Festival. Come and take a leisurely walk around the estate, have a picnic on the lawns or go for a jog in the woods. You can even become the king of the castle for a day, and receive your guests in this unique and sumptuous setting. Our events rooms are available to hire for receptions, dinners, seminars and reportage photography. • From 25 May to 15 October 2017 the castle is showing an exhibition entitled ‘The Beauty of the Beast. Animal Art by Old and Young Masters’. It includes works by artists of the 17 th, 18th and 19th centuries, selected by the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp. On these pictures we find all the animals that have frequented the castle for centuries; domestic animals like cats and dogs but also farm animals such as chickens, cows, horses, sheep, goats, pigs and donkeys. All the great names of animal art are here, from Roelant Savery and Frans Snijders, via Jacob Jordaens and Paul de Vos, to Charles Verlat and Henriëtte Ronner-Knip. ‘The Beauty of the Beast’ pits these Old Masters against scores of contemporary artists in what we see  as a challenging combination. The Young Masters include Atelier Les Deux Garçons, Ruben Bellinkx, Pascal Bernier, Karin Borghouts, Caroline Coolen, Jean-Luc Cornec, Wim Delvoye, Mandy den Elzen, Stief Desmet, Jan Fabre, Laura Ford, Jef Geys, Idiots, Frieke Janssens, Gideon Kiefer, Jeroen Lemaître, Richard Mas, Linda Molenaar, Ronny Paesbrugghe, Erwin Peeters, Alet Pilon, Thierry Poncelet, Sarah Reynders, William Sweetlove, Mieke Teirlinck, Ferry van Tongeren & Jaap Sinke, Stephan Vanfleteren, Koen Vanmechelen and Willy Verginer. • www.kasteeldursel.be

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