Antwerp is the most distinctive Baroque city of the Low Countries. During Antwerp Baroque 2018 the city pulls out all the stops with a daring and lavish programme in which old Baroque rubs shoulders with new Baroque.
Of course there’s Rubens. Antwerp’s most famous inhabitant. The man who went to Italy and came back with a whole new form language: violent, realistic, exuberant, full of emotions and movement. The man who not only gave a face to the city, but also gave it a whole joie de vivre. The man who, 400 years later, is still considered a great source of inspiration.
What happens if you bring this historical Baroque into contact with contemporary Baroque masters? Then you will discover surprising similarities between then and now. Then you will notice that - just like Rubens - Jan Fabre, Luc Tuymans, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui live and work in Antwerp, but tirelessly move in international circles. Then you will see that, for centuries now, the city has been a magnet for people from all over the world, to be here, to experience beauty, to make art.
Antwerp Baroque 2018 shows an unexpected side of Antwerp. It is both chic and unrefined, historical and contemporary, world city and pocket sized metropolis. Antwerp Baroque 2018 combines artistic obstinacy with workaday authenticity.
Put your modesty to one side – that’s Baroque too – and surrender yourself to this high-spirited festival.
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