Born in Antwerp (BE), works in Antwerp (BE), lives in Antwerp (BE).
The Antwerp visual artist and theatre maker Jan Fabre (b. 1958) is a multidisciplinary artistic phenomenon. He is an energetic performer who explores the limits of theatrical admissibility, and he is a dedicated visual artist who creates a universe with insects, scarabs and bic-drawings that abounds with mystical references, metamorphoses and personifications. Urges, desires, beauty and mortality are recurring themes, both on stage and in his visual work. The extent to which two blend together is already apparent in the 1978 performance "My body, my blood, my landscape": on stage, the artist carves into his own body and makes his first blood drawings on the spot. In the following years, he creates wedding dresses with green-blue beetles, inks night blue bic-drawings and makes gilded sculptures of animals and skulls. Fabre fantasises, glorifies and brandishes, yet hidden behind the dazzling beauty displayed, there is always a different world, a bloody and animalesque underworld. The figures that appear in his work are often angels, warriors, skeletons and animals. They are disguised messengers who emerge from the past to remind us of decay and destruction, of blood and suffering, of the animal in man and the human in the animal.
Text: Hans Willemse
Translations: Michael Meert
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The Man Measuring the Clo...
Jan Fabre, The Man Measuring the Clouds, 1998. Drawing, hb pencil on paper, 29.5 x 21 cm.
Homage to Stephen Hawking
Jan Fabre, Homage to Stephen Hawking, 2007. Prototype, silicone, paint, stainless steel, rubber, 16 x 28 x 28 cm.
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Kunstwerk van de maand 2015
01 January 2015 - 31 December 2015.
January: Jan Vercruysse – Fontaine/Lustre, 1991. February: Jan Fabre – Het fonteintje, 1980. March: Charif Benhelima – Minus two, 2006. April
Sanguine/Bloedrood. Luc T...
01 June 2018 - 16 September 2018.
During the cultural city festival Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires, Luc Tuymans confronts the genius of Baroque masters with the vision
Worth Fighting For
14 November 2022 - 14 December 2022.
Worth Fighting For The Ukrainian fight is about the survival of a nation and its right to exist – politically, militarily, econom
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Collectie Vlaamse Gemeens...
The M HKA holds works on permanent loan that were acquired with the budget of the Vlaamse Commissie voor Beeldende Kunst (Flemish Visual Art
Panamarenko, Jan Fabre, Vaast Colson, James Lee Byars, Gordon Matta-Clark, Robert Filliou, Jacques Lizène, Andrei Monastyrski, Hamlet Hovsepi