Anthony Caro in the gardens of the van Buuren Museum from 10 May until 8 October 2017

The van Buuren Museum, in collaboration with the Caro Foundation and the Daniel Templon Gallery, has decided to exhibit the work of a major name, not only in English sculpture, but also on the international stage: Anthony Caro (1924-2013). The artist’s sculptures will grace this stunning setting during the spring and summer of 2017. Even though modern and contemporary sculpture follows in the footsteps of the previous centuries, there is one significant difference: it has become autonomous and no longer fulfils a specific function. Modern-day artists express themselves in all freedom. Anthony Caro, much acclaimed for his innovative approach of removing the sculpture from its plinth and encouraging direct interaction between viewers and the work, exemplifies this trend magnificently. He saw sculpture as a form of art that opens up onto space.

Visitors will have an opportunity to lose the world in the paths of the park’s Labyrinth, to peacefully meditate in the Jardin du Cœur, both designed by René Pechère, and to explore the marvellously picturesque garden or stroll through the recently restored rose gardens Jules Buyssens originally created. Lastly, make sure to call into the David and Alice van Buuren House Museum: a unique collection of Art Deco furniture, signed tapestries, sculptures and paintings by Belgian and international masters from the 15th to the 20th century, all left in situ in the intimate setting of a private dwelling.

Anthony Caro

English artist born in 1924 and deceased in 2013 Having obtained his engineering degree, he went on to study sculpture at the Royal Academy in London. From 1951 to 1953, he worked as an assistant to Henry Moore. At his first solo exhibition in Milan in 1956, he presented figurative work. On a trip to the United States, he met sculptor David Smith. He was fascinated by Smith’s work and Smith encouraged him to abandon his figurative work. He began to construct sculptures by welding or bolting together pieces of prefabricated metal (steel, iron, alloys). Deeming that paint interfered with his attempts to set sculpture fee, he soon abandoned his initial practice of painting them. He taught at Central St Martins, the college of art and design in London. His questioning of shape, matter and the very concept of sculpture itself strongly influenced his students: Tony Cragg, Philip King or Richard Long, including the future generations.

In 1975, the MOMA in New-York hosted the exhibition “Anthony Caro: A Retrospective”. In 1984, in honour of his 60th birthday, the Serpentine Gallery in London exhibited some of his architectural work which visitors were encouraged to penetrate. He was given a knighthood in 1987 and became Sir Anthony Caro. His travels brought him to Greece, Japan… He received the Order of Merit in 2000. The last sculptor to receive this distinction was Henry Moore in 1963. Anthony Caro can be seen in all the major institutions around the world.

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Practical details

Name of the exhibition:
Anthony Caro dans les jardins du Musée van Buuren

Musée et Jardins van Buuren
41 Av. Léo Errera, 1180 Bruxelles

10 mai- 8 octobre 2017

Non-group visitors:
every afternoon from 14:00 until 17:30, Tuesdays excepted

every day from 09:00 until 16:30, by appointment only.

Rates and terms:

Anthony Caro sculptures : © Photo : Thierry Balasse
Museum interior: © Photo : Michel De Bray


© Photo : Thierry Balasse


© Photo : Thierry Balasse


© Photo : Thierry Balasse