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.
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
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, ITALY
From 06/07/2018 to 04/11/2018
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
Ma nation : l'imagination - solo 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.
FONDATION MARGUERITE ET AIME MAEGHT, SAINT-PAUL, FRANCE
From 30/06/2018 to 11/11/2018
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
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
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
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.
« 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 » .
From 21/10/17 to 15/04/18
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, AUSTRIA
From 7/7/17 to 8/27/17
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.
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.