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.
“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
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
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
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
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, ITALY
From 9/05/2019 to 24/11/2019
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, ITALY
From 6/05/2019 to 24/11/2019
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, ITALY
From 30/03/2019 to 15/09/2019
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.