The tapestry’s composition is well known: a besieged elephant under attack from all sides. To mark Bosch’s 500th anniversary, Het Noordbrabants Museum and the TextielMuseum are bringing ‘The Elephant’ back to the Netherlands – not as a replica of the original, but as a contemporary interpretation of Bosch’s design by the world-renowned Belgian artist Jan Fabre.
The tapestry will be produced using modern techniques in the TextielLab of the TextielMuseum. The process from design to production, which will examine the differences between the 16th century and today, is the subject of the exhibition Making of ‘The Return of the Elephant’ in the TextielMuseum. The end result will be displayed in Het Noordbrabants Museum in late 2016.