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 exhibitions below curated by AFA Gallery to discover what awaits you at the castle this season.
2019 Exhibition: Crystal Wagner “Ignis Fatuus”
“Ignis Fatuus” A monumental sculpture by critically acclaimed American artist Crystal Wagner will be installed in June of 2019. It will wrap around the facade of Chateau Belcastel, transforming the exterior of the castle into a hybrid of historic architecture and colorful, abstract forms. The installation is accompanied by a series of smaller “Hemisphere” sculptures, paintings, prints and a limited edition resin sculpture are available for purchase. Email to inquire.
About Crystal Wagner:
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.
2019 Exhibition: Pierre Matter “Le Souffle du Changement”
“Winds of Change” by French artist Pierre Matter will have his debut installation at the chateau in June 2019.
About Pierre Matter:
Pierre 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.
Matter’s monumental installations and smaller sculptures have been included in important collections around the world. His work is highly collectable and has been exhibited in Paris, London, New-York, Miami, Hong-Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, and Dubaï, to name a few.
Permanent Exhibition: Antique Objects
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
2019 Event Schedule
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
20 August [15:00h-18:00 h} | Medieval concert; For more information contact email@example.com
19 October-4 November | Treasure hunt for children
4 November | Château Closed for the day
11 November | Château closes for the season