The Château de Belcastel is not only a historical landmark and architectural miracle– it is also the home of several art galleries. Browse our featured and general exhibitions below to discover what awaits you at the castle this season.
31 March | 10am Chateau is open to the public
6 April - 6 May | Easter treasure hunt for children
27 June | [17:00h-19:30h] Crystal Wagner Vernissage
5 July-30 August | [18:00h-22:00h] Market in the village on Friday evenings
20 & 21 July | Belcastel Fête. More information
August Date TBA | Medieval concert; For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
19 October-4 November | Treasure hunt for children
4 November | Château Closed for the day
11 November | Château closes for the season
A liturgical calendar dating from 1843 that belonged to Don Joallis Francisci de Saunhac de Belcastel, then Archbishop of Elne. Offered at the Château by the late historian Robert Taussat, exhibited in the 15th century chapel
An original family tree of the Saunhac family, tracing the ancestry of the family to Charlemagne. Offered by Count Overto Serra of Saunhac de Belcastel
A 7th century stone Virgin Mary, permanently installed in the 9th century chapel
A 15th century Madonna restored with gold and silver leaf, exhibited in the 15th century seigneurial chapel
Two knights battling on horses: a Grand Templar Master and England’s Black Prince
Art & Sculpture
“Ignis Fatuus” | Installation by critically acclaimed American artist Crystal Wagner, which will be installed in June of 2019 and will wrap around the facade of Chateau Belcastel, transforming the exterior of the castle into a hybrid of historic architecture and colorful, abstract forms.
Inspired by organic forms on the micro and macro scale, Wagner assembles her vibrantly colored biomorphic sculptures intuitively. For her large-scale site-specific work, which has been shown in galleries and on building facades worldwide, Wagner allows the space to dictate the flow and form that her installation will take. Her work has been shown in New York City, Las Vegas, Toronto, Italy, and Poland, among others, and she has constructed monumental installations for large corporations including Nike and Viacom.
“Winds of Change” | by French artist Pierre Matter will have its debut installation at the castle in June of 2019.
Mr. Matter works mostly with bronze and recycled objects, using welders, plasma cutters, laser cutters and grinders to shape and sculpt. “I’m a kind of salvager. I feel like a child in a heap of sand, but instead of sand, there’s a lot of recycling and scrap, full of magnificent objects. Often, the sculpture which emerge from these scraps of metal speak to us of who we are and how our future might be.” His main influences are Bilal, Giger, Jodorowsky and Dali.
Mr. Matter has created monumental installations and his work is in important collections around the world. His work is highly collectable and has been shown in Paris, London, New-York, Miami, Hong-Kong, Singapore, Shanghai and Dubaï to name a few.