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.
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, which traces the ancestry of the family to Charlemagne. Offered by Count Overto Serra of Saunhac de Belcastel
A stone Virgin Mary of the 7th century, exposed in the 9th century chapel
A 15th century Madonna restored with gold and silver leaf, exhibited in the 15th century seigneurial chapel
Art & Sculpture
Off the Wall | The French debut of Spanish artist J DEMSKY. Exhibition of 8 new artworks in the principal gallery
Duplicity | French Artist Pierre MATTER debuts a collection of new bronze sculptures throughout the chateau
31 March | 10am Chateau is open to the public
31 March to 13 May | Easter treasure hunt for children
7 & 8 April | Adult/child treasure hunt and exclusive art exhibition
6 July-17 August | 6pm-10pm Market in the village on Friday evenings
21st & 22nd July | Belcastel Fête. More information
15th & 16th September | Castle will be open 10am-7pm. Special entrance fee : 4E - children under 12 / free
20 October to 4 November | Treasure hunt for children
4 November | Last weekend castle is open before closing
The Art of Nicoletta Ceccoli, 2018
Born in 1973 in San Marino, Italy, Nicoletta Ceccoli attended the Institute of Art in Urbino where she studied animation. Also an illustrator of children’s books, Ceccoli got her start while still a student. She was selected to exhibit her work at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair Show. This led to more work from American and international publishers. Ceccoli is a master of compositional harmony who explores more emotionally complex themes in her fine art – predominantly innocence and sexuality and love and loss. Ceccoli has described her work as attempting to “offer a delectable balance of repulsive and attractive. What is beautiful, sweet, and chaste hides often dark suggestions.” The dolls featured in Ceccoli’s work represent beauty, innocence, and perfection juxtaposed against emotional turmoil, darkness, and helplessness.
The Art of Pierre Matter, 2018
“I draw my inspiration from the way nature is being changed by science, from the hybridization of humans and animals and machines,” says Pierre Matter. Born in Munster, France, Mr. Matter was a mystical child then a tormented teenager, studying mathematics. Via a series of twists and turns, he ended up turning to the “mystical world of art,” working with a host of media (oil on canvas, gouache, ink – including comic strips – and bas-relief on stone), before becoming a sculptor.
Today, the Artist 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.