Jan Fabre

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Jan Fabre was born in 1958 in Antwerp where he lives and works. He has worked in the theatre and is an internationally renowned choreographer. Over the last twenty years he has also developed a body of art work based on a variety of materials, including blood, ball-point pen ink, beetle wings, bones, stuffed animals and marble. Jan Fabre is an inveterate draughtsman, creating sculptures and installations that explore topics such as metamorphosis, the dialogue between art and science, humankind’s relationship to nature and the artist as a warrior of beauty.





PERMANENT COLLECTION – CAPPELLA DI SAN GENNARO



Jan Fabre is entering four coral sculptures to the Cappella di San Gennaro’s permanent collection in Napoli.


Capella di San Gennaro, Napoli






“L’homme gris” – Group show



The exhibition L’homme gris explores non-archetypal representations of the Devil in contemporary art. Far from disappearing, his image has simply mutated, showing again his fascinating ability to adapt which has allowed him to pass through art history – and mankind – unabated. While the way in which he slips away, transforms, infiltrates allows him to claim an all-the-more dangerous, powerful, or liberating position, it offers artists two possible paths to explore. Their choice sways between the empty shell, the costume to don, the pure image, and an elusive and constant metamorphosis.

This exciting alternative evokes, or perhaps, invokes, reflective illusions or the use of anonymity as strategic weapons; reveals the evil internalisation in man, and his unbearable banality; questions the boundaries between the visible and the invisible, disguise and mass; and aspires to rekindle a dark flamboyance. Creation leans, therefore, to span philosophical, economic, political, aesthetic, and moral fields. 


Casino Luxembourg, 41 Rue Notre Dame, 2240 Luxembourg

Until June 6, 2021

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Inauguration de la Fondation Helenis GGL – Group show



For its inauguration, the Helenis GGL Foundation in Montpellier is hosting four personalities from the contemporary art world: Abdelkader Benchamma, Jim Dine, Jan Fabre and Marlène Mocquet. Each of the four artists will present an artwork for the event – which will open the season in what aims to become one of the city’s major cultural centres.


FONDATION HELENIS GGL, MONTPELLIER, FRANCE

Inauguration -  November 2020

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Real Utopias – group show



The European Nomadic Biennal, Manifesta is presenting a new Fall exhibition:  Real Utopias.  Conceived around works that all focus on the imagination of a place that has not been constructed yet, utopia – is a place that does not exist, where other worlds are imagined. All these imaginary constructions participate in transforming the reality. Paintings, video, drawings, multimedia works and sculptures will reveal the common aspirations and experimental approach of different generations of artists who imagine new ways of occupying space, be it physical, imaginary or corporeal.


From September 25 to November 30, 2020

Maison R&C - 224 rue Paradis, 13006 Marseille, France

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Installation of Jan Fabre’s sculptures – Opening



On December 21, 2019, occurred the inauguration of the four new red coral sculptures that Jan Fabre created for the chapel of the Pio Monte della Misericordia in Naples, Italy. They will be permanently installed in the church.
The sculptures have as a central element a heart, symbol at the same time physical and spiritual, of compassion and universal love, feeling and thought. Curated by Melania Rossi in collaboration with Studio Trisorio.


CHAPEL OF PIO MONTE DELLA MISERICORDIA, NAPLES, ITALY On December 21, 2019

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Glasstress – Group show



On the occasion of the 58th Biennale di Venezia, Jan Fabre, Prune Nourry, Sundarshan Shetty is participating in Glasstress 2019, show curated by Vik Muniz and Koen Vanmechelen. The sixth edition of Glasstress brings together a new lineup of leading contemporary artists from Europe, the United States, Latin America, India, and China in an ambitious exhibition exploring the endless creative possibilities of glass. Glasstress is a project by Adriano Berengo dedicated to supporting his mission of marrying contemporary art and glass. Since its debut in 2009 as a collateral event of the Venice Biennale, Glasstress has revived the traditional craft of Murano glassblowing by forging new alliances with internationally renowned artists and designers and has since become an unparalleled platform showcasing ground-breaking new works in glass.

 

 


FONDAZIONE BERENGO, VENICE, ITALYFrom 9/05/2019 to 24/11/2019

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The man who measures the clouds – Biennale di Venezia



On the occasion of the 58th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, Jan Fabre returns to the Lagoon with the presentation of a special public art project. Installed inside the Garden of Palazzo Balbi Valier and visible from the Grand Canal, the monumenal sculpture in gold leaf “The Man who Measures the Clouds (Monument to the Measure of the Immeasurable)”, stands nine meters high . Designed specifically for Venice, it recalls a deep bond with this city, established over the past decades. Leaning over the arch leading to the Garden of Palazzo Balbi Valier from the Grand Canal, this imposing man of gold reflects not only the drift of the artist and humanity, but also the meaning and historical values of this mythical floating city.

 


GARDEN OF PALAZZO BALBI VALIER, VENICE, ITALYFrom 6/05/2019 to 24/11/2019

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Oro Rosso. Sculture d’oro e corallo, disegni di sangue – Solo show



The famous Belgian artist Jan Fabre returns to Naples with a new project involving four venues of great prestige: the museum and the Real Bosco di Capodimonte, the church of Pio Monte della Misericordia, the Madre museum and the Studio Trisorio gallery.
At the Museum and Real Bosco di Capodimonte, the artist exhibits a group of works in dialogue with a special selection from the permanent collection of the museum and other Neapolitan museum institutions.
The exhibition features gold sculptures and blood drawings created by the artist from the 70s to the present day, as well as a new and surprising series of red coral sculptures, made especially for Capodimonte.


MUSEO E REAL BOSCO DI CAPODIMONTE, NAPLES, ITALYFrom 30/03/2019 to 15/09/2019

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Futurs antérieurs – group show



For the 12th consecutive year, Guerlain is once again taking part in FIAC’s Parcours Privé and marking the occasion by presenting the group exhibition Past Futures, which can be discovered at the Maison Guerlain, 68 avenue des Champs-Élysées. 

Past Futures offers a journey on three levels through multiple worlds – installations, videos, photos, drawings, paintings, interactive objects, etc. – bringing together young creative figures and established artists, such as Jean-Michel Alberola, Jan Fabre, Christian Boltanski, Arotin & Serghei, Charlotte Charbonnel, Fabrice Hyber, Mehdi Meddaci, Albertine Meunier and Claire Morgan.

Curator: Caroline Messensee


MAISON GUERLAIN, PARIS, FRANCE From 19/10/2018 to 09/11/2018






The Sensation of the Sea. In honour of Bas Jan Ader – group show



From 14 September 2018 to 6 January 2019 The Sensation of the Sea: In Honour of Bas Jan Ader is presented at The Mesdag Collection in The Hague. For this exhibition, guest curator Joanna De Vos has invited several international artists to engage in a dialogue with The Mesdag Collection. These contemporary artists are captivated by the grandeur and tempestuousness of the ocean. The attraction of the sea is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for them, a ‘battery for the imagination’. Odes to the performance In Search of the Miraculous by the Dutch artist Bas Jan Ader (1942-1975) form the exhibition’s connecting thread. Ader disappeared in 1975 as he attempted to sail across the Atlantic. His soul became one with the untameable power of the sea. The tributes to Ader’s artistic practice highlight the enticement and mystery of the ocean. Visitors are encouraged to discover how the contemporary artworks integrate into the nineteenth-century museum and to prepare themselves for a series of surprising and special ‘encounters’.

 


MESDAG COLLECTION, THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS From 14/09/2018 to 06/01/2019

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Jan Fabre : Ecstasy & Oracles – solo show



For the first time in Europe Jan Fabre presents Ecstasy and Oracles for the occasion of Manifesta12 organised by Mondo Mostre, Palermo Capitale della Cultura 2018, Regione Siciliana. The scarab, ancient symbol of metamorphosis and an early alter-ego of artist Jan Fabre – the holy dung beetle of Antwerp – is central to the exhibition in Monreale. Small bronzes refer to the vital quest of the artist while the life-size bronze sculpture, The man who bears the cross, balances the limits of faith. A cycle of large mosaics made with jewel beetle wing-cases explores the eternal cycle of life and death, reoccurring in Vanitas vanitatum, omnia vanitas.

Curated by Joanna De Vos and Melania Rossi.

Monday to Saturday, 9.00 – 19.00, Holidays, 9.00 – 13.30


CATTEDRALE DI MONREALE, PALERMO, ITALYFrom 06/07/2018 to 04/11/2018

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The official inauguration of Jan Fabre’s newly created permanent altarpieces for AMUZ – public procurement



In 1628, the Antwerp trinity of Rubens, Jordaens and Van Dyck received the assignment from the Augustinian monks to make altarpieces for their cloister church in the Kammenstraat. This year, Jan Fabre is receiving the same honour upon the occasion of Antwerp Baroque 2018. He translates – or rather ‘re-tells’ – the altarpieces of Jordaens, Van Dyck and Rubens in the language of 2018 and frames them in their contemporary context.


SAINT AUGUSTIN CHURCH OF ANTWERP (AMUZ), ANTWERP, BELGIUM From 02/07/2018

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Ma nation : l’imagination – solo show



From June 30 to November 11, 2018, the Maeght Foundation will welcome Belgian artist Jan Fabre. This “customized” exhibition, designed for the Fondation, will be devoted to his sculptures and drawings – many of them brand new – dealing with the mind, the body, our dreams and especially our imagination, in conversation with scientific discoveries and art history.
 
Fabre wanted this exhibition to be spiritual in every sense of the word, at once dreamlike and serious but with the irony of games and a humor in the style of James Ensor. The mind and the brain become a source, a land, a character whose adventures we can experience through the show.

Sometimes considered provocative and iconoclastic, the “contemporary mystic” Jan Fabre keeps in mind the memory of the Flemish Primitives and the old masters of Flemish Baroque and builds on the tradition to daringly plunge into the unknown: “The brain represents, to me, a metaphor for the terra incognita. Dealing with art and beauty is to always walk along the path of this terra incognita“. Like science which relies on knowledge to initiate discovery, the notion of experience, through the study and observation of things, makes up one of the foundations of Fabre’s work and his approach.

Cerveau de Janus (Yeux verts) 2012. Silicon, paint and glass, synthetic lashes, wooden base.

Photo Pat Verbruggen © Angelos bvba

FONDATION MARGUERITE ET AIME MAEGHT, SAINT-PAUL, FRANCE From 30/06/2018 to 11/11/2018

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My Queens – solo show



With “My Queens”, Fabre honours the important women in his life while simultaneously creating a dialogue with the Flemish artistic tradition within the historic setting of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium.

Amongst the works of baroque master Jacques Jordaens, Fabre presents eight monumental marble bas-reliefs of women close to him. Their regal profile contrasts with their paper party hats. These pieces represent the noble character of the artist’s friendships and the festive atmosphere connected with it.

In the centre of the room, the work “My Future Queen” can be found: a white marble sculpture of Her Royal Highness Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant, also wearing a party hat. The statue of the Crown Princess is at the centre of different artistic dialogues in the space and stands right between the present and the past, looking towards the future.


MUSEES ROYAUX DES BEAUX-ARTS, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM From 20/04/2018 to 19/08/2018

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La Collection Bic – group show



BIC, a family company and world leader in the areas of stationery, lighters and razors, unveils for its first time its contemporary art collection. It was started in 1998 on the occasion of an exhibition in Italy that had associated artists to the celebration of the magnificent adventure of Marcel Bich, creator of the company.

Objects accessible to all, the BIC® products, like the BIC® Cristal pen, lighters or razors, are fixed in our collective memory and have become icons. They have inspired many artists throughout the world and BIC wished to develop a collection where each of its iconic products has become a medium for artistic creation.

Public opening Saturday, April 14th from 2PM.


CENTQUATRE-PARIS, PARIS, FRANCE From 14/04/2018 to 13/05/2018

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JAN FABRE. STIGMATA. ACTIONS & PERFORMANCES 1976 – solo show



‘Stigmata’ focuses on Jan Fabre’s actions and performances since 1976. A journey around the memory of Jan Fabre, involving 40 years of creation, it has the merit of interrogating, not the action or the performance, but the way to exhibit it, the way to present it.

The mise en scene by Jan Fabre and Germano Celant, an overview of all performances and actions, gathers glass trays, objects, drawings, photographs, artefacts, costumes, models which he calls “thought models”, films, works in blue ballpoint pen, and more.


CAAC SEVILLA (CENTRO ANDALUZ DE ARTE CONTEMPORANEO), SEVILLA, SPAIN From 23/03/2018 to 02/09/2018

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ECCE HOMO – group show



ECCE HOMO is based on a strong collaboration of Gallery GEUKENS & DE VIL with MARION DE CANNIÈRE and Belgian art-critic ERIC RINCKHOUT.
ECCE HOMO started several years ago in the mind of art historians Yasmine Geukens & Marie-Paule De Vil as a small group exhibition but evolved today into a grand event that takes place on several locations in the city of Antwerp.


Antwerp, Belgium

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« The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely » – group show



« The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely » will bring together 73 international artists in Oostende chosen by curators Jan Fabre and Joanna De Vos and will present 52 new creations of young and experienced artists.
The exhibition discusses the artist’s quest and the duality of the creation, based on isolation and engagement.
Artists from different generations and different paths were invited to question the link between « Le radeau de la méduse » (1818) of Théodore Géricault and Jan Fabre’s work « Le Radeau est (pas) solitaire (1986) ».

The curators have the intention to stimulate the city in order to make it (re)discovered. Besides the well-known museum, they looked for more unsual places like the Peperbusse restaurant, le 
Palais de Justice, the Eurpacentrum building, the stables of the Wellington track race or the crypts of the Sint-Jozef church.

« The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely » will be an artistic journey disseminated in 22 places of the « City by the sea » .
 


OSTENDE, BELGIUMFrom 21/10/17 to 15/04/18

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JAN FABRE, STIGMATA. Actions & Performances 1976-2017



Jan Fabre. STIGMATA is a voyage into the memory of one of the biggest contemporary artists through drawings, photographs, sculptures, costumes, texts quotes, archival documents and study models – which Fabre refers to as “Thinking Models” – and filmic documentations of his performance and poetic actions, from the second half of the 1970s to the present. Curator Germano Celant.


LEOPOLD MUSEUM, VIENNA, AUSTRIAFrom 7/7/17 to 8/27/17

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Glass and Bone Sculptures 1977-2017 – Collateral event



Based on the fundamental notion of metamorphosis, this exhibition traces the work of Jan Fabre since its beginning via a spiritual, philosophical and political reflection on the question of life and death. Fascinated by alchemy and memory of materials, Jan Fabre has been using glass and bone since 1977, both in reference to the Flemish masters and the Venice glass tradition.

 


ABBAZIA DI SAN GREGORIO, VENICE BIENNALE, VENICE, ITALYFrom 5/13/2017 to 11/26/2017

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Daniel Templon – Portrait of a Gallery



On the 9th of March 2017, the Cultural Institute Bernard Magrez, leading centre for arts and culture in Bordeaux, pays tribute to Daniel Templon through an important exhibition organised at the Château Labottière.

With over 600 exhibitions and 250 artists, the world-renowned French galerist, always knew to pay particular attention to the artistic avant-garde.

The exhibition, portrays Daniel Templon, pioneer and major figure of the art world, featuring five major artists of his gallery, offering different artistic styles: Philippe Cognée, Jan Fabre, Pierre et Gilles, Yue Minjun and Chiharu Shiota.

 

 


INSTITUT CULTUREL BERNARD MAGREZ, BORDEAUX, FRANCEFrom 3/09/2017 to 6/25/2017

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Knight of Despair/Warrior of Beauty – solo show



Belgian artist Jan Fabre has been invited by the St Petersbourg Hermitage to create an extensive exhibition circuit at the museum, to include both new and existing works.
This outstanding new presentation at the State Hermitage commences in the Apollo Room. Fabre will also be integrating his drawings, sculptures and installations into the rooms of the Old Hermitage (with its collection of Southern Netherlands Renaissance painting), Catherine the Great’s Winter Garden, the Flemish rooms in the New Hermitage (Snyders Room, Van Dyck Room, Rubens Room, Jordaens Room), the Twelve-Column Hall and the Knights’ Room. The exhibition continues on the other side of the museum square in the recently installed rooms of the General Staff Building, once the Russian tsars’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The final part of the exhibition is the performance film ‘Love is the Power Supreme’ (2016) which will be made in St Petersburg.

Curator Dr. Dimitri Ozerkov


HERMITAGE MUSEUM, ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIAFrom 10/21/2016 to 4/9/2017 

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Stigmata, Actions & Performances 1976–2013 – solo show



In 2016, ‘Stigmata’ presents the totality of Jan Fabre’s actions and performances since 1976.  A journey around the memory of Jan Fabre, involving 40 years of creation, it has the merit of interrogating, not the action or the performance, but the way to exhibit it, the way to present it.

The mise en scene by Jan Fabre and Germano Celant, an overview of all performances and actions, gathers 87 glass trays, 800 objects, drawings, photographs, artefacts, costumes, models which he calls “thought models”, films, works in blue ballpoint pen, and more.

 

THURSDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2016, 6 PM : NEW PERFORMANCE WITH EDDY MERCKX AND RAYMOND POULIDOR

“An attempt to not beat the world hour record set by Eddy Merckx in Mexico City in 1972 (or how to remain a dwarf in a land of giants)”, created for Lyon at the Parc de la Tête d’Or velodrome, with commentary and live filming, in the presence of Eddy Merckx.

Jan Fabre pays tribute to the Belgian cyclist. The artist grabs the handlebars and thrusts his feet into the toe clips in an attempt not to beat the world record set in Mexico City in 1972. In a salute to the talent of the man they called “The Cannibal” because of his insatiable hunger after victories, Jan Fabre allows himself to be caught up and swallowed by the beauty of failure.

 


MAC LYON, LYON, FRANCEFrom 9/00/2016 to 1/15/2017

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Jacques Chirac or cross-cultural dialogue – group show



Jan Fabre is in the group show ‘Chirac ou le dialogue des cultures’ at Musée du Quai Branly until Oct 9.
Jaques Chirac’s positions regarding culture will be the subject of this show for the 10th anniversary of the museum. The exhibited works enable to rediscover the president’s passion for Asia or Japon. The 200 works of the exhibition will emphasize political and cultural, European and global, history as well as professional and personal decisions of Jacques Chirac.


MUSEE DU QUAI BRANLY, PARIS, FRANCEFrom 06/21/2016 to 10/09/2016

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Spiritual Guards – group show



One of the most complex and multifaceted exhibitions that Belgian artist and author Jan Fabre has ever produced in any public space in Italy,  Spiritual Guards  will gather roughly 100 of Jan Fabre’s works dating from 1978 to 2016, pan out between the Forte Belvedere, Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria in Firenze. For the very first time a living artist will be exhibiting his art in these three venues of outstanding historical and artistic importance.


FORTE BELVEDERE/ PALAZZO VECCHIO/ PIAZZA DELLA SIGNORIA, FIRENZE, ITALYFrom 05/14/2016 to 10/02/2016

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Intrigantes Incertitudes, dessin contemporain – group show



In the spring of 2016, the Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporaine de Saint-Étienne Métropole is opening “Intriguing Uncertainties”, an exhibition which has been orchestrated by the Museum’s Director Lóránd Hegyi. Both intimate and universal this exhibition invites the visitor to explore the world of contemporary drawing. Bringing together well-known artists from Europe, Africa and North & South America this exhibition delves into the cultural heritage of our societies, from the Middle Ages to symbolism, from Mannerism to Romanticism, Baroque to Surrealism. The visitor will discover drawings and artwork by Günter Brus, Dennis Oppenheim, Jan Fabre and Jim Dine, great figures in the world of contemporary art rubbing shoulders with the youngest artists on the horizon like Pierre Seinturier, Lee Bul, Sandra Vasquez de la Horra and Jana Gunstheimer.

Featured artists: Ruth Barabash, Matt Bollinger, Günter Brus, Guglielmo Castelli, Gianni Dessi, Nicolas Dieterlé, Erik Dietman, Jim Dine, Matías Duville, Per Dybvig, Barbara Eichhorn, Jan Fabre, Andrea Fogli, Adrian Ghenie, Ugo Giletta, Erich Gruber, Jana Gunstheimer, Allison Hawkins, Veronika Holcová, Oda Jaune, Marine Joatton, Nina Kovacheva, Juul Kraijer, Lee Bul, Iris Levasseur, Felice Levini, Christian Lhopital, Maude Maris, Peter Martensen, Andreï Molodkin, Alois Mosbacher, Muntean / Rosenblum, Hermann Nitsch, Dennis Oppenheim, László László Révész, Pierre Seinturier, Kiki Smith, Barthélémy Toguo, Didier Trenet, Elmar Trenkwalder, Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Fabien Verschaere.

Curator: Lorand Hegyi, Director of the Museum.


MUSEE D'ART MODERNE ET CONTEMPORAIN, ST ETIENNE, FRANCEFrom 03/05/2016 to 06/05/2016

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Tribute to Hieronymus Bosch in Congo



The Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton in Tokyo is showing for the first time in Tokyo a set of mosaics from the serie: Hommage à Jérôme Bosch au Congo, fruits of an artistic process that ran from 2011 to 2013. Using his materials of predilection, beetle wing sheathes – or elytra – Fabre decided to turn his focus to his country’s colonial past. He also summons his predecessor Hieronymus Bosch — Fabre is fascinated by his superlative creativity and the power of his images. He draws inspiration from scenes depicted in the Garden of Earthly Delights, reinterpreting them as allegories of injustice, cruelty and indifference.


ESPACE CULTUREL LOUIS VUITTON, TOKYO, JAPANFrom 07/08/2015 to 09/23/2015 






Performance: Mount Olympus, To Glorify the Cult of Tragedy, a 24 hours performance



Mount Olympus. To glorify the cult of tragedy, a 24-hour performance is one huge slab of history dipped in a sea of time. It is humanity’s time, time of the birth of tragedy.
Simultaneously distant and nearby, we recognize outlines of stories and characters taken from Greek tragedy. These characters have their faults torn open by Fabre, are left intatters, beaten by violence and Homeric laughter and fervent ecstasy.

Mount Olympus is shaping up to be a unique experience. Come climb that mountain, dive into that ocean. This will be unforgettable.
The creative process of this major project is also worth sharing. Follow the rehearsals online on the website with testimonials, snapshots, videos, quotes and much more. 


WORLD PREMIERE BERLINER FESTSPIELE, FOREIGN AFFAIRS, BERLIN 

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FACING TIME, ROPS/FABRE



The Belgian town of Namur, partner of Mons 2015, has invited Jan Fabre for a posthumous encounter with Félicien Rops: an unprecedented tour along museums and sites in the openair to discover the daring and inspiring worlds of these two Belgian artists. The imaginary dialogue between Rops and Fabre will unveil, question and challenge time.

Exhibitions and events will take place in different locations : Musée Félicien Rops, Maison de la Culture, Théâtre de Namur, Eglise Saint-Loup, the Citadelle and the city streets.


NAMUR, BELGIUM

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Le Mur – Works from the Antoine de Galbert Collection(Group Show)



From June 14th to September 21st 2014

À l’occasion de son 10e anniversaire, la maison rouge présente du 14 juin au 21 septembre 2014,
Le mur – oeuvres de la collection Antoine de Galbert, onzième volet de la série d’expositions consacrées aux collections privées.

Après dix expositions proposant des univers de collectionneurs variés, cette date anniversaire est l’occasion de montrer enfin largement la collection du fondateur et président de la maison rouge, Antoine de Galbert, une part d’intimité qui lui est chère et qu’il n’a jusqu’à présent que peu dévoilée. Mais à l’inverse des précédents projets autour de collections particulières, réalisés avec des commissaires qui ont fait des choix représentatifs dans de larges corpus d’œuvres, l’accrochage imaginé par Antoine de Galbert comporte cette fois-ci une spécificité remarquable :

« L’idée de cette exposition est née de l’observation quotidienne de ma bibliothèque, où le classement alphabétique des monographies crée d’invraisemblables voisinages. Jean Dubuffet cohabite avec Marcel Duchamp sur le même rayonnage. Cette “arche de Noé” me donne la sensation que tous les artistes naviguent sur le même fleuve pour les mêmes raisons, comme le remarque Christian Boltanski : « Que ce soit Aloïse, moi ou un artiste du 16e siècle, ce sont les mêmes questions qui sont posées : la mort, la recherche de la beauté, la nature, le sexe… Les sujets en art sont très limités. Seuls les mots et les vocabulaires diffèrent (…)». La bibliothèque est tout à la fois archive de la collection, souvenirs visuels d’un long voyage et musée imaginaire du collectionneur. […] Délaissant l’idée déjà explorée par certains commissaires d’expositions, d’un accrochage par ordre alphabétique, j’ai choisi de présenter l’essentiel des œuvres de ma collection, s’accrochant au mur, à l’aide d’un logiciel renseigné seulement par leurs formats (encadrées) et leurs numéros d’inventaires. (…)

image : © Marc Domage


LA MAISON ROUGE, FONDATION ANTOINE DE GALBERT, PARIS, FRANCE 

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Jan Fabre. Tribute to Belgian Congo (2010-2013)



From February 8th to April 27th 2014

In 1979 Jan Fabre started his artistic practice by erecting a tent-laboratory, called de Neus (the Nose), in the garden of his parents. Mesmerized by the insects’ capacity for metamorphosis, he subjected them to intensive artistic research and experiments. Insects continued to (re-)appear in Fabre’s early drawings, performances and sculptures. Especially beetles, with their unique sense of survival, remained a source of inspiration for the artist, and in his oeuvre they have come to represent a way of dealing with mortality, beauty and suffering – three essential themes, which define Fabre’s complex practice as an artist, theatre maker and writer. (…)


PINCHUKARTCENTRE, KIEV, UKRAINE 

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JAN FABRE / ILLUMINATIONS / ENLUMINURES – Trésors enluminés des musées de France



From November 8th 2013 to February 10th 2014

En partenariat avec l’Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art (INHA), le Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille présente une centaine des plus remarquables manuscrits et feuillets enluminés conservés dans les musées et sociétés savantes du Nord, du Pas-de-Calais, de Picardie et de Champagne-Ardenne.

Simultanément, le musée des Augustins de Toulouse et le musée des Beaux-Arts d’Angers présentent les collections d’enluminures conservées dans le Centre et le Sud de la France.

Ces livres et feuillets enluminés sont accompagnés d’objets d’art du Moyen-Age et de la Renaissance issus des collections du Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, où se mêlent imagerie médiévale et enchantement allégorique, ainsi que de sculptures en bronze de l’artiste contemporain Jan Fabre. (…)

 


Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, France

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Stigmata.Actions & Performances 1976- 2013



Du 16 octobre 2013 au 16 février 2014

Commissaire: Germano Celant

The exhibition is a voyage into the memory of this Flemish artist through drawings, photographs, study models – which Fabre refers to as “thinking models” – and filmic documentations of his performances, from the second half of the 1970s to the present.

Visitors are greeted by a labyrinth of tables introducing the artist’s philosophies. This tool serves to understand his ideas, his memories, his art, profoundly inspired by the traditions of Flemish painting and focused on the study and use of the body.(…)


MAXXI, Museo nazionale delle arti des XXI secolo, Rome, Italy

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Le regard en dedans



Permanant installation in the Royal Staircase in Fine Art Museum in Brussels, Belgium
(…)


Royal Staircase, Fine Art Museum, Brussels, Belgium

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Adventures of TruthPainting and philosophy: a narrativeCurator : Bernard Henri-Lévy(Group show)



From Saturday 29th June to Monday 11th November 2013

Painters and sculptors collaborated with the Catalan architect Josep Lluís Sert, creating works which were integrated into the building and the surrounding natural environment: the Giacometti courtyard, the Miró labyrinth with its sculptures and ceramics, the mosaic murals of Chagall and Tal Coat, Braque’s pond and stained glass window and Bury’s fountain. Indoor and outdoor spaces link up with each other through the sculpture garden, the courtyards, terraces and patios. The Maeght Foundation is already famous for its architecture and gardens; it is also home to one of Europe’s richest collections of modern and contemporary art. The greenery of its grounds makes the Maeght Foundation the ideal place to discover the great artists of our time. (…)


Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul de Vence, France

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The Tragedy of a Friendship



From May 29th to June 3rd 2013

Jan Fabre direction
Troubleyn Company

BETWEEN NIETZSCHE AND WAGNER
Every artist, face to face with his lone self, like a man wrecked at sea…” such were Jan Fabre’s words used in Sanguis/Mantis. The Tragedy of a Friendship is a meditation on the relationship between Nietzsche and Wagner. Prodding the artist’s intimate dualities, Jan Fabre digs into the clefts that torment the creator torn between his aspiration to transcendence and his temptation to the mundane, between his attraction to intellectual speculation and the call of intuition. (…)


Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, France

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ART BASEL HONG KONG 2013








Journal de nuit (1978 à 1984)



Jeudi 21 juin 2012

À l’occasion de la parution de son Journal de nuit (1978 à 1984), Les éditions L’Arche vous invitent à rencontrer Jan Fabre jeudi 21 juin 2012 à 18 heures à la librairie, 86 rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris
Le comédien Arthur Igual lira des extraits du Journal en présence de Jan Fabre.
La lecture sera suivie d’une séance de dédicace.


L'Arche Editeur

86 rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris

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Pietas l Jan Fabre



From May 25th to September 23th 2012

From 25 May until 23 September 2012, the city of Antwerp will present the exhibition PIETAS JAN FABRE. Created by Jan Fabre in 2011, this marble sculptural suite was featured for the first time during the 54th Venice Biennale, where it occupied the prestigious Nuova Scuola Grande di Santa Maria della Misericordia. In the artist’s home city of Antwerp, PIETAS will be the first exhibition to be held in the renovated Parkloods in Park Spoor Noord. (…)

 


Park Spoor Noord, Anvers, Belgique

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The years of the Hour Blue. Drawings and Sculptures, 1977-1992




From February 25th to May 28th 2012

The Musée d’Art Moderne of Saint-Etienne Métropole organizes from February 25th till May 28th, 2012 an exhibition dedicated to the work of Jan Fabre concentrating on his Bic ballpoint pen works.
We invite you to enter the poetic and sensitive universe of an exceptional creator. (..)


Musée d’Art Moderne of Saint-Etienne Métropole, Saint-Etienne

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