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The world of Bruegel

Mirror to today

Commissioned by Open Air Museum Bokrijk , Genk (2017-2019)

Project leader of the course with exhibitions, urban game and theater

In The World of Bruegel, the old master Pieter Bruegel the Elder and Bokrijk meet. The trail through the museum of more than 2 kilometers and 11 locations combines exhibitions, a game and theater.

In The World of Bruegel (2019-2020), visitors experience how Bokrijk, as a museum of the heritage of daily life, is intertwined with the oeuvre of the painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder (ca 1526/28 - 1559). They discover Bruegel as an important painter of ingenious composed landscapes and how and why also Bokrijk’s landscape is a composed, but obvious landscape.
Additionally we introduce Bruegel as subtle observer and commentator of the daily life of 'ordinary people' and how he holds up a mirror to us still. Even today Bokrijk uses its heritage in a critical and forward-looking manner.

Image series trail

The route consists of 11 Bruegel stops, each stop consists an installation dealing with a standalone theme.

The challenge of the project is to create an impactful and traceable trail in a museum park of over 95 ha, where visitors relax in the park-like , enchanting environment so that they tend to wander. In addition, Bokrijk is a museum for a wide and large audience: the museum welcomes in a period of its opening between April and November (seven months)around 300,000 visitors.

Photos Luc Dealemans, ruimtevaarders, Terenja van Dijk

https://www.dewereldvanbruegel...

PUBLICATIONS

In addition to the trail, there are two publications that were published in parallel to the project:

Image series game

Photos Luc Dealemans, ruimtevaarders, Terenja van Dijk

A game - with both physical and virtual elements - strings together the trail. It challenges visitors and especially children to visit the route up to and including the last location. They virtually adopt one of Bruegel's hats from a central work: The battle between Carnival and Lent, on which they collect hidden objects from the painting along the way. In terms of content, each object is a key to a scene from The battle between Carnival and Lent. At the final station of the trail, in an animation of the painting scenes from the painting are transformed into a contemporary questioning scene. The objects are used as key.

Image series game

Photos Luc Dealemans, ruimtevaarders, Terenja van Dijk

A game - with both physical and virtual elements - strings together the trail. It challenges visitors and especially children to visit the route up to and including the last location. They virtually adopt one of Bruegel's hats from a central work: The battle between Carnival and Lent, on which they collect hidden objects from the painting along the way. In terms of content, each object is a key to a scene from The battle between Carnival and Lent. At the final station of the trail, in an animation of the painting scenes from the painting are transformed into a contemporary questioning scene. The objects are used as key.

Image series theater

Photo’s Kathleen Michiels

In 2019 the theater play Bravo Mr. Bruegel takes place every day in summer. The screenplay was written especially for Bokrijk's context, for its wide audience and the location outside. It is a contemporary interpretation of Bruegel's Struggle between Carnival and Lent with humor and for young and old.

https://www.dewereldvanbruegel.be

More about the making of The world of Bruegel: https://www.dewereldvanbruegel.be/making-of/.

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PROJECT TEAM
  • PROJECT LEADER: Terenja van Dijk
  • COORDINATION CONTENT: Dr. Katrien Lichtert
  • COORDINATION COMMUNICATION, MARKETING en PUBLIC ACTIVITIES: Kenneth Ramaekers
IN CLOSE DIALOGUE WITH
  • staff and collaborators BOKRIJK
CREATIVE CORE TEAM
  • Terenja van Dijk
  • Kenneth Ramaekers
  • Katrien Lichtert
  • Thomas Laureyssens (Toyfoo)
  • Katrien Vandermarliere (ACP)
  • Peter De Bie (Laika)
  • Jo Roets (Laika)
  • Mieke Versyp (Laika)
  • Bart Lens (Lens Architects)
  • i.s.m
  • Oeyen en Winters, grafische vormgeving communicatie, signalisatie
  • Frits Jeuris, kunstenaar
  • Ruimtevaarders, scenografen en grafisch ontwerp tentoonstelling
EXPERTS
  • Prof. dr. Manfred Sellink
  • Prof. dr. Marc Jacobs
  • Prof. dr. Jan Van der Stock
  • Joris Van Grieken
  • dr. Sabine Penot
  • Alexandra van Dongen
GAME
  • COORDINATION AND PRODUCTION: Toyfoo
  • GAME DEVELOPMENT: Possibly Pixels
  • SCENOGRAPHY: ruimtevaarders
  • ANIMATION: Enclume
  • GAME PROTOTYPES: students game- & interaction design LUCA School of Arts
  • RECONSTRUCTON HATS: Catherine Somers, Wildeman video: AMOK
EXHIBITION
THEATER
  • PLAY & INSTALLATION: LAIKA, theater der zinnen
  • TEXT: Heleen Verburg
  • MUSIC: Hans Van Cauwenberghe
LENDINGS
  • Archeologie West-Friesland, Hoorn NL
  • Archeologische Dienst, Antwerpen
  • Bakkerijmuseum, Veurne;
  • Erfgoed Zeeland, Middelburg NL
  • Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf DL
  • MAS/Collecties Vleeshuis, Antwerpen;
  • Westfries Museum, Hoorn NL
  • dr. Diana Mertens
WITH SPECIAL THANKS
  • Chairman of the Provincial Executive Igor Philtjens
  • the members of the Board of Directors of vzw Het Domein Bokrijk
  • governor Herman Reynders
  • the deputation of the Province of Limburg
COURTESY OF PARTNERS
  • Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
  • Tourism Flanders
  • Province of Limburg