Breugel-ing 2016

Private: Bruegel-ing Workshop Call

Re-Enactment of Pieter Bruegel’s drawing “The Beekeepers”
June 10th to 12th 2016 10:00 – 16:00, Eläintarhan Huvila, Helsinki

The starting point for the workshop is a 16th century image. At first glance, the drawing “The Beekeepers” by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, simply shows a scene at an apiary. However, on closer examination, many questions arise. Experts attempting to give answers come up with various speculative interpretations.


When framing the image in its historic context, it can be read as highly political piece of evidence of the 1560ies. The beehives, bees and beekeepers, and the “nest robber” can be seen as encrypted comment or hidden critique of the socio-political situation then: 16th century religious conflicts and a harsh political answer by the established government of the Netherlands – the Spanish Crown.
In the three day worskhop “Bruegel-ing” we explore the relevance of the image and its symbolism for today and developments and events of the 21st century. Collaboratively, the participants are invited to develop their own interpretation and re-enact the drawing. These re-enacted explorations will be arranged as variations of the original “The Beekepers” like a “physical sketchbook”. The process and the “sketches” are documented and can be exhibited at a later stage.
The workshop takes place in a park area in the centre of Helsinki (Linnunlaulu) from Friday, 10th June to Sunday 12th June 2016, from 10:00 to 16:00 and is free of charge.
No preliminary knowledge is required.

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Melliferopolis Bruegel-ing is part of “Melliferopolis Fest 2016” and the long term project Melliferopolis – Bees in Urban Environments.