In 2000, De Oude Warande proved highly suitable as location and inspiration for contemporary art. The success of the international exhibition Lustwarande / Pleasure-Garden, originally staged as a one time refurbishment of the Baroque garden, asked for continuation. Since then editions have taken place every four years. With each edition a state of the art in recent developments in international sculpture was presented.
Since 2015 Lustwarande – Platform for Contemporary Sculpture stages exhibitions at this venue on an annual basis, every four years a survey of recent international developments, in the years in between smaller, thematic exhibitions. Every year also two editions of Brief Encounters take place. During one afternoon three event sculptures are staged, forms of ephemeral sculpture, which are bound in time and of which ultimately nothing remains.

Lustwarande follows developments in sculpture at an international level. Research and experimentation, site specificity and temporality are key concepts. A large part of the artworks is produced by Lustwarande. Whenever possible it concerns international co-productions.

Lustwarande has a PBO-status.

RSIN: 90981 61

Lay-out Baroque woodlands de Warande about 1715

De Oude Warande
De Oude Warande was laid out between 1712 and 1715 by the German prince Wilhelm von Hessen-Kassel (Wilhelm VIII), at that time lord of the manor of Tilburg and Goirle. He had De Oude Warande created as a modest forest for hunting and pleasure, situated along the road from Breda to Tilburg. The word warande stems from the French varenne, which means hunting- or pleasure-garden. The main design is a ‘sterrenbos’ (a ‘star wood’, or a wood with paths forming the shape of a star), with the paths of the four quadrants laid out as four different geometric shapes, and so making the woodlands into a maze. After being landscaped, pleasure gardens of this kind were usually enlivened with mythical sculptures, grottoes, fountains and ponds, which provided a setting for fêtes galantes. No traces of statues have ever been found in De Oude Warande and it is not known whether it was ever intended that statues should be installed. Shortly before the realisation of the park Wilhelm VIII left Tilburg.
In 1952, the city council of Tilburg became the owner of De Oude Warande. Between 1989 and 2010 work has been taking place on a complete restoration of the original Baroque design.



artistic director
Chris Driessen

managing director
Heidi van Mierlo

marketing & PR
Annelieke van Halen

public programme
Manus Groenen

Wiseguys – Urban Art Projects

production assistence
Jan Heerkens
Esther Heitzer
Tommy van der Loo
Ton Remmers
Henk Visser

Jan Heerkens
Ton Remmers

public support
Trudi van de Berg
Iris Fens
Esther Heitzer
Ton Remmers
Meeuw Roovers
Marianne van Terheijden

guided tours
Esther Heitzer
Ton Lammers
Tommy van der Loo
Yda Sinay
Marika Taborsky


John Stokmans, chair
Jannie Mooren, secretary
Lucien Kuijsters, treasurer

The board is honorary.


Thomas Bedaux, architect
Guido Geelen, artist

Ambassadors are honorary.

Recommending Committee

Emile Aarts former Rector Magnificus Tilburg University
Nicholas Baume director Public Art Fund, New York
Dominic van den Boogerd coordinator artistic supervision and research De Ateliers, Amsterdam
Lex ter Braak former dean Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht
Piet Hein Eek industrial designer, Eindhoven
Sjarel Ex director Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Antony Gormley artist, London
Xavier Hufkens founding gallery director, Brussels
Anish Kapoor artist, London
Xander Karskens director De Ateliers, Amsterdam
Joep van Lieshout artist, Rotterdam
Charles de Mooij director Het Noordbrabants Museum, ’s-Hertogenbosch
Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen director De Pont Museum, Tilburg
Els van Odijk former dean Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam
Lisette Pelsers director Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo
Timo de Rijk director Design Museum, Den Bosch
Ugo Rondinone artist New York
Martijn Sanders chairman Holland Festival, Amsterdam
Rob van Steen director Theaters Tilburg
Ranti Tjan director European Ceramic Working Centre, Oisterwijk
Henk Visch artist, Eindhoven
Fons Welters founding gallery director, Amsterdam
Errol van de Werdt director TextielMuseum, Tilburg
Theo Weterings mayor of the city of Tilburg
Godfrey Worsdale director Henry Moore Foundation, Leeds
Become a friend

Lustwarande can only come about with the valued support of you, our audience. Your support directly benefits our international programme. As a Friend of Lustwarande you contribute to these activities every year and you are part of a group of lovers of contemporary sculpture in the best preserved star-shaped forest in the Netherlands.

If you would like to become a Friend of Lustwarande, please contact us here.

Lustwarande has a PBO status.

RSIN: 0090981 61


Lustwarande - Platform for Contemporary Sculpture
programme location
park De Oude Warande
Bredaseweg 441

postal address
Postbus 363
5000 AJ Tilburg

visiting address
Lange Nieuwstraat 237a
5041 DE Tilburg

T +31 (0)13 545 7573

Since 1 February 2019 Lustwarande is the statutory name of the foundation, previously Fundament Foundation.


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Lustwarande 2021 - Stations

Lustwarande 2020 - Stations
Brief Encounters '19 #1

Annual reports

When is Lustwarande open?

Due to Covid-19, Lustwarande will not open in 2020. There is an online event from 28 May to 31 August: Flashback Brief Encounters

Is Lustwarande free?

Yes, but you are requested to pay a suggested admission fee, in order to support the organisation.

Where can I park my car?

You can park your car for free at the carpark of Auberge du Bonheur, Bredaseweg 441.

Are there guided tours?

Yes, you can book a guided tour here.

Can Lustwarande be visited on bike?

Yes, but it is recommended to visit the exhibition strolling.

Can the exhibition be visited in a wheelchair?

Yes, all sculptures can be seen but unfortunately not all works can be viewed up close when seated in a wheelchair.

Are dogs allowed in the park?

Yes, as long as they are on a leash.

What about the presence of processionary caterpillars in the park?

There are practically no processionary caterpillars in the park and trees that have or had them are all clearly marked. None of the paths with marked trees have to be strolled to see the exhibition.

Privacy policy

Responsible Party

Lustwarande Foundation with place of business at Lange Nieuwstraat 237a, 5041 DE Tilburg, is responsible for processing personal particulars as reproduced in this privacy statement.
Contact details:
Lange Nieuwstraat 237a, 5041 DE Tilburg
+31(0)13 545 7573
Send Heidi van Mierlo, who is officially responsible for data protection at Lustwarande Foundation, an email at if you need to get in touch with us.

1. The kinds of personal particulars we process

Because you use our services and/or you have provided us with your personal particulars directly, Lustwarande Foundation processes them. The following list is a summary of the kinds of personal particulars we process.

  • NAW particulars
  • IP address
  • Details of your activity on our website
  • Details about your surfing behaviour across a variety of different websites if, for example, a company forms part of an advertising network
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In making available our website and/or service to you, we do not intend to collect data about visitors younger than 16 years of age without consent from their parents or guardian. As we have no means of checking whether a visitor is in fact older than 16, we advise parents to involve themselves in their children’s online activity so as to preclude child data being collected without parental consent. Where you are convinced we have been collecting data about minors without any such consent, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us by email at and we will delete the data right away.

2. Our purpose and grounds for processing data

Lustwarande Foundation processes data for the following purposes:

  • Completing your payments
  • Sending you our newsletter and/or invitations
  • Keeping track of your surfing behaviour across various different websites so that we can match our products and services to your particular needs.

3. Automated decision-making

Lustwarande Foundation does not use automated processing to make decisions that can have far-reaching consequences for people. Here we are dealing with decisions that computer programs or systems make without first going through another person, for example an employee at Lustwarande Foundation. The kinds of computer programs or systems Lustwarande Foundation uses are: Mailchimp.

4. How long do we keep your personal data?

At Lustwarande Foundation we keep your personal data no longer than strictly necessary to realise our goals. We do not keep your personal data for any longer than a period of two years.

5. Sharing personal data with third parties

Lustwarande Foundation does not supply third parties with personal data unless this is needed to implement our agreement with you or to fulfil a statutory requirement.

6. Kinds of cookies, or comparable codes we use

Lustwarande Foundation uses functional, analytic and tracking cookies. A cookie is a small piece of code that we store on your computer, tablet or smartphone browser the first time you visit our website. Lustwarande Foundation uses cookies whose functionality is purely technical. These ensure our website works properly and we can remember your preferences. We also use these cookies to ensure the website works properly and in the best possible way. In addition, we place cookies that remember your surfing behaviour so that we can offer you tailored content and adverts suited to your needs. When you first visit our website we inform you about these cookies and ask your consent before installing them. You can check out from cookies by adjusting your internet browser so it no longer stores them. Besides this, if you go to settings, you can always delete any information stored earlier.

7. The right to inspect, adjust or delete

You have the right to inspect, correct or delete your personal data. Besides this, you have the right to withdraw the consent you gave Lustwarande Foundation for processing your personal data or to make a complaint objecting to the processing of your personal data and you have the right to have your personal data transferred. That means you can submit a request to have the personal data about you that we have at our disposal sent to you or to any other organisation you care to name in the form of a computer file. Send an email to to request to inspect, correct, delete, transfer your personal data or withhold your consent or object to the processing of your personal data. So as to be certain that you submitted the request to inspect, we ask you to send us proof of identity together with your request. To protect your privacy, blacken your passport photo, MRZ (machine readable zone, i.e. the strip with numbers at the bottom of your passport), passport number and Citizen Service Number (BSN). We react ASAP but never later than four weeks to your request. Lustwarande Foundation would like to draw your attention to the fact that you also have the right to submit a complaint to the national supervision agency, the Personal Data Authority. You can do this by clicking on this link.

8. How we protect personal data

Lustwarande Foundation is serious about protecting your personal data and takes appropriate measures to combat abuse, loss, unauthorised access, undesirable publication and unlawful alteration. If you think your data is not being properly protected or there is reason to believe abuse has taken place, get in touch right away with us at
This Privacy Statement was last updated on June 4th 2019.


Design corporate identity

Technical realisation
François Girard-Meunier

Chris Driessen & Annelieke van Halen

Manon Braat

Laura Watkinson

Peter Cox (2000-2006, 2010)
Liedeke Kruk (2011, 2016)
Dirk Pauwels (2008, 2009, 2011, 2013)
Gert Jan van Rooij (2015-now)

Floris Schönfeld (2011)
Maddance Productions (2017-now)

Sam ten Thije