Sunday, March 23, 2014


René Descartes by Jan Baptist Weenix circa 1647-1649

Opening sunday March 30, an exhibition about Het Oude Hof in Bergen, Noord Holland.

Het Oude Hof was a park modelled after Versailles, though much smaller, located on the 17th century estate of a young aristocrat, Anthonis Studler Van Zurck. His friend and philosopher René Descartes helped him plan the park, introducing the latest french designs. Work began even before Versailles was finished.
Nowadays the park is reduced to its paths and outlines: a fading memory. Nevertheless it is and has been an inspiration for artists throughout the centuries.

Around Amsterdam many of these Baroque estates entertained the aristocracy and most of all the weatlhy merchants.
Besides the many artifacts that illustrate this leisurely life style from the past, about a dozen contemporary artists made work related to Het Oude Hof and René Descartes:

Diana Blok
Carlijn Mens
Meinbert Gozewijn van Soest
Caitlin Hulscher
Roy Villevoye
Kees Visser
Dineke Blom
Koos Breukel
Paul van den Hout
Manon van Kouswijk
Ronald Noorman
Anthonie Sas
Luuk de Haan

Hoflaan 26
1861 CR Bergen

No comments:

Post a Comment