Forever Unforgettable - Cemetery Dieweg, BE 2014
Self-portrait 09 08 10 (Forever Unforgettable), photo behind perspex, 98 x 60 cm, 2011
Edition 1 of 10
19 . 11 . 14 - 30 . 11 . 14
The Art Project "Forever Unforgettable" is about the theme of 'death'.
Artists have designed memorial plaques / memorials as funerary elements which were added in the former abbey site St Christiana Park and on the Central Cemetery of Gavere in 2011. Now the works are on show at the Dieweg Cemetery.
About the Dieweg Cemetery
As in the case of several other cemeteries in Brussels, the Dieweg Cemetery was created following the terrible epidemic of cholera that hit the city in 1866. Due to its rapid saturation caused by the closing of two other cemeteries and population growth, authorities decided to open a new cemetery in 1945 leading to the full decommissioning of the Dieweg in 1958. Certainly one of the most unusual places of Brussels, you will find here an unexpected combination of gravestones, funeral statues and mausoleums all slowly getting overrun by luxuriant undergrowth conveying it a romantic atmosphere. Some sections of the cemetery with its lush flora and fauna gives you the impression of being and explorer discovering the remains of some ancient civilization. Famous Belgian figures of the end of the 19th century up until WW2 such as: Hergé, Paul Hankar, Jean-Pierre Cluysenaar and Charles Woeste were buried here.
A catalogue about this project is available.
Mon - Fri: 8.30 - 15.45
Sat - Sun: 9.30 - 16.30
The Dieweg Cemetery
1180 Ukkel - Brussels