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Autumn exhibition : 'Inner' KAREL FONTEYNE

Karel Fonteyne is a Belgian photographer who was born in Koningshof (Antwerp) in 1950. After studying fine arts at the SISA in Antwerp, He was quickly propelled into a brilliant career in fashion photography that took him all over the world. But the background of the artistic work to which he has devoted himself exclusively since 1994 is a perpetual questioning of the world around us. He is intrigued by everything that we cannot explain with only our reason.Karel Fonteyne uses photography in the same way a writer uses words to describe a new world. This world is a troubled one, magical and disturbing, always aesthetic. With 'Inner' and the 'Tales of Silence' Karel Fonteyne makes us think about the apparent dichotomies that intrigue us all : dream and awakening, life and death, appearance and reality.. It challenges our mystical inclinations, disrupts our convictions, and leaves us, not without a touch of humour, on our questions. More information on :

A brand new book about the Adornes Domain

THE ADORNES DOMAIN AND THE JERUSALEM CHAPEL IN BRUGES, A UNIQUE HERITAGE OF THE MIDDLE AGES, by Dr Véronique Lambert. The title of the book confirms that this historical site is not only an exceptional monument but also a heritage which encompasses the history of the Adornes lineage. And it was high time to extend the vision of the domain. This book does not just outline the Adornes period of the 15th and 16th century, but it also goes beyond with a timeline incorporating the de Draeck and the de Limburg Stirum lineage to this day. The history of the buildings, the renovation project and the successive re-affectations are also recounted with an additional focus on the principal artworks still present at the domain. It also includes a suggested “walking route” to discover the different places in the Bruges which relate to the Adornes family. Author and History professor, Véronique Lambert, is graced with the art of combining academic rigor with a lively and dynamic writing style which, together with attractive images, has produced a book which is a delight to read. From the passionate story of historical figures presented “warts and all”, the reader will discover a family legend, a Flemish town and a panoply of international power struggles that marked the 15th century. English, Dutch and English versions available. 112 pages, 22 x17 cm, soft cover with flaps. Edited by AUP (Amsterdam University Press). Available at the price of €17,50 € at the Adornes Domain shop and now in bookshops. Order a copy now at


Autumn exhibition : 'INNER' - KAREL FONTEYNE - Photography


The “Inner” exhibition explores an inner universe, that of an artist of course, but maybe above all that of the spectator.  The works of art on show, mainly from his recent series “Tales of Silence” inspire reflection and introspection. Indeed, silence and reflection are intricately linked as they are pulled magnetically to each other. And yet the set up, is immersed in a heavy silence, emphasised by his peculiar treatment of time. For indeed here time stops, is frozen and one does not know if one is witnessing an instant or an eternity. The artist wants to reflect an idea, a vision of a state of mind rather than a purely pictorial subject. The whole idea is suggested by strong elements and symbols (writing, bread, still life) but above all by the constant dual approach of reality: the living versus the inanimate, visible versus faded, dressed versus naked, solid versus fragile, experience versus dream.

The result is troubling, strange, and naturally leads to questioning. In the end, and a bit to his surprise, the spectator discovers his own inerpretation. This is indeed where we find the permanent and predominant background of Karel Fonteyne’s work : a questioning of the world we live in, with its numerous unexplained and inexplicable zones.