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MICHAEL NITSCHE - Lustwarande 08 - Wanderland - De Oude Warande Tilburg The Netherlands

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3rd edition international sculpture exhibition in Baroque pleasure-garden

Park de Oude Warande, Tilburg - NL

28.6 – 28.9.2008

Museum De Pont, Tilburg - NL

28.6 – 31.8.2008

Almost concurrently with Sonsbeek 08 in Arnhem, Fundament Foundation in Tilburg is presenting Lustwarande 08 – Wanderland, the third edition of the international exhibition Lustwarande, in the setting of the Baroque pleasure-garden De Oude Warande in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

Lustwarande 08 - Wanderland will show recent developments in international sculpture, with an emphasis on the ephemeral and the grotesque. These works will combine with the labyrinthine character of the Baroque pleasure garden to create a surrealist ‘wanderland’, a contemporary synthesis of Alice’s Wonderland and the garden of Bomarzo.

Twenty-six artists from thirteen different countries are taking part in Lustwarande 08 – Wanderland. Most of the artists have created new work for the exhibition. Many of them have never previously exhibited work in the Netherlands.

David Altmejd (CAN/USA) Gereon Krebber (D)

David Bade (NL) Skafte Kuhn (D)

Miroslaw Bałka (PL) Paul McCarthy (USA) (not confirmed yet)

Caroline Coolen (B) Jonathan Meese (D)

José Damasceno (BR)
Renato Nicolodi (B)

Bart van Dijck (B) Michael Nitsche (D)

Laura Ford (GB) Vincent Olinet (F/B)

Brian Griffiths (GB)
André Pielage (NL)

Subodh Gupta (IND)
Jens Pfeifer (E/NL)

Jeppe Hein (DEN/D)
Jon Pylypchuk (CAN/USA)

John Isaacs (GB/D)
Ryan Trecartin & Lizzie Fitch (USA)

Ham Jin (KOR)
Erwin Wurm (A)

Maartje Korstanje (NL)

De Oude Warande

De Oude Warande in Tilburg is a Baroque woodland. Diagonal and crosswise avenues cut through the square wood and meet in the centre to form a circle. Each of the four quadrants has its own system of avenues with a different geometric shape: a diamond, an octagon, a square and a circle. This complex pattern of avenues has the character of a labyrinth. De Oude Warande owes its name to the obsolete word ‘warande’, and is derived from the French ‘varenne’, meaning a hunting enclosure or pleasure garden.

De Oude Warande was laid out in 1712 for the German prince Wilhelm von Hessen-Kassel (Wilhelm VIII), who was at that time lord of the manor of Tilburg and Goirle. Wilhelm VIII had De Oude Warande created as a modest woodland park for hunting and pleasure that was intended to serve a newly constructed castle. Landscaped pleasure gardens of this kind were usually decorated with mythical sculptures, grottos, fountains and ponds, which provided a setting for fêtes galantes. However, no traces of statues have been found at De Oude Warande.

De Oude Warande passed through a number of private owners before becoming the property of the city council of Tilburg in 1952. De Oude Warande is an important piece of our cultural heritage; it is the best-preserved Baroque wood in the Netherlands and the country’s only ‘sterrenbos’, or ‘star forest’, so named for the layout of the avenues.


Since 2000 De Oude Warande is the stage for an international exhibition every four years, Lustwarande. Lustwarande – Pleasure Garden (2000) was primarily conceived as a contemporary interpretation of a Baroque sculpture garden, with new and existing works by artists including Louise Bourgeois, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Cai Guo Qiang, Jan Fabre, Lee Bul, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Franz West. The focus of the second exhibition, Lustwarande 04 – Disorientation by Beauty, was mainly on the relationship between the labyrinthine character of De Oude Warande and its disorienting effect, which may give rise to (unorthodox) expressions of beauty. With contributions by artists including Wim Delvoye, Elmgreen & Dragset, Luciano Fabro, Anish Kapoor, Ernesto Neto and Ugo Rondinone, Lustwarande 04 delivered convincing proof that Lustwarande had more than enough vigour to grow into an exhibition of international stature.

Lustwarande 08 – Wanderland will feature recent developments in contemporary sculpture, and will have a particular focus on the increasingly ephemeral nature of the sculpture’s skin and on the growing desire to give expression to the grotesque.

Lustwarande 08 – Wanderland is designed mainly as a celebration of contemporary sculpture, which, after a decade of having been almost completely absent from the large international exhibitions, has now once again stepped into the international spotlights, most emphatically and with considerable élan. Not only is this renewed focus on sculpture generally apparent, at the same time a new generation of artists has also discovered the possibilities of this genre, injecting it with a compelling force, expressed in the skin of the sculpture, in the use of everyday, less durable materials. Of course, the use of short-lived materials in sculpture is not new. Over forty five years ago, Beuys introduced the use of chocolate, felt and fat into sculpture and many of the works produced by the Arte Povera movement consisted partially or entirely of materials that did not last. Their contemporary successors combine this emphasis on transience with content based on a distortion of the reality expressed, frequently the human figure, ranging from coarse cartoons to grotesque horror, or with a formal language that is almost organic and highly alluring, inviting the viewer to touch, but simultaneously indicating that it may well be poisonous. The new sculpture plays on the senses of the viewer, requiring the eyes to smell, the nose to hear and the ears to see. The senses are stimulated to the extreme, but the desire thereby created is not satisfied.

The landscape of contemporary sculpture is rarely overeager to please and offers practically no comfort, but grants the viewer a look into the visual translation of modern deconstructed layers of reality, evoking associations with Alice’s wonderland and the garden of Bomarzo, but at the same time forcing upon the viewers the idea that they have permanently lost their way within the present, or are in the process of doing so, and the apocalypse is in sight, whether that implies the end of days or represents the way out of Plato’s cave.

Lustwarande 08 – Wanderland aims to offer the viewer a disturbing meander through the landscape of contemporary sculpture, with the Baroque layout of De Oude Warande once again forming the disorientating backdrop for the exhibition.

De Pont project space

As in the 2004 exhibition, the project space at Museum De Pont in Tilburg will serve as an extra venue for Lustwarande 08. Work by David Altmejd (CAN/USA) will be on display here until 31 August.

Wanderlust publication

Wanderlust – excursions in contemporary sculpture will be published to coincide with Lustwarande 08 – Wanderland. This publication features documentation of all three editions of Lustwarande, accompanied by essays written by Chris Driessen, Robbert Roos and Sally O’Reilly on the shifting contours in sculpture during the last ten years. The book has 212 pages and the texts are in Dutch and English. Date of publication: July 15.

Lustwarande 08 - Wanderland

Park de Oude Warande, Warandelaan 1, Tilburg

28.6 – 28.9.2008

open: daily from 11 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.

admission free

Museum De Pont, Wilhelminapark 1, Tilburg

28.6 – 31.8.2008

open: Tuesday – Sunday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

admission: 8 €

curator: Chris Driessen

main sponsor of Lustwarande 08:



Künstlerbiographie(n) und Kunstwerke:
Michael Nitsche


Quelle: © Galerie Stock - Wien


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