Castles in the air: from Disney to Delvoye

'Castles in the air' (Gaasbeek)And sometimes you get disappointed. I had read a lot about ‘Castles in the air/Droomburchten & luchtkastelen’, a temporary exhibition (till November 15) at the lovely and rather bizarre castle of Gaasbeek, near Brussels. It’s about castles that have been built or dreamt over the last 250 years. It combines history, architecture and art, the old and the new (a video about Jan Fabre’s blue Tivoli-castle, a tower by Wim Delvoye) and certainly has a few surprises (Aleksandar Duravcevic’s impressive unicorn). But frankly, for an exhibition about castles in the air, it could have done with a little bit more imagination. Too much of the obvious (Neuschwanstein, Disney, and yes, even Harry Potter and Michael Jackson) and not enough to really tickle a visitor’s mind.

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