Theatre collective Abattoir Ferme and the Kasteel van Gaasbeek join forces in their search for the essence of decadence. By means of the works of artists such as Felicien Rops, Erwin Olaf, Jan Fabre, Man Ray, Marc Langrange, and many more, they investigate the manifestation of decadence. Disappointed by the world's imperfection, artists and intellectuals at the end of the 19th century expressed their disapproval for the ruling values. Art, beauty, and luxury seemed to them to be the only way out of the bourgeois reality. In contemporary art also this fine line between sensual refinement and perversity, aesthetics and the morbid, taboo and norm is a recurring theme. This book defies you to rhyme those extremes, face the duality and capture the symptoms of decadence within our society.