Nobility appeals to the imagination. Especially the higher nobility, which moves in royal circles. They are surrounded by an aura of glitter and glamour, like today’s jet set, but also by a profound sense of history and culture. The Arenbergs were members of that higher nobility.
In the 17th and 18th century, the Arenbergs were a prominent presence in the European theatre of war and on the chessboard of European diplomacy. They brought wives back from their travels, and the Arenbergs thus married into aristocratic families across Europe: Hohenzollern, Pignatelli, Wittelsbach,…
The family owned vast estates across Europe, but one of their principal residences was the magnificent Arenberg Castle in Heverlee, just south of Leuven. It is now a beautiful, green campus of the KU Leuven (University of Leuven).
A prestigious exhibition will tell the story of the family, but also and especially of their collection. Artworks from this collection are being brought back together for the first time to be presented to the general public.