“Jan Fabre”

Jan Fabre or the big Belgian blowout

In the last few weeks, a breeze of eroticism and festivity has been blowing through number 28 Rue du Grenier Saint-Lazare, where Daniel Templon recently set up his latest Parisian quarters. To launch his new address, the gallerist is presenting an artist as Belgian as he is inspired: Jan Fabre.   Who better than this protean, corrosive artist to celebrate this new birth, his beguiling and subversively inclined art here tinged with folklore and gaudiness? Yet behind this glitzy burlesque show hides deep reflection on Belgian identity, which the artist, Flemish in origin, continually defends against all extremist stances. An interview accompanied with chocolates (Belgian of course), hovering between religious kitsch and mirthful sacrilege.   How did you design this exhibition “Folklore Sexuel Belge, Mer du Nord Sexuelle Belge”, which rings out like a celebration of life? You know, Daniel Templon and I met at least 20 years ago. Daniel gave me carte blanche to inaugurate his new Parisian space on Rue du Grenier Saint-Lazare. So I wanted to celebrate the birth my own way! I visited and studied the premises, then partly designed this exhibition in response to the environment.   So you produced some works specifically for the site? I’m showing some big sculptures produced for the occasion, but also some of my drawings produced between 2017 and 2018, which are small reinvented chromos.   Can you explain what is meant by “chromos”? In fact, my exhibition is titled “Folklore Sexuel Belge (2017-2018), Mer du Nord Sexuelle Belge (2018), Édité et Offert par Jan Fabre, le Bon Artiste Belge” (Belgian Sexual Folklore (2017-2018), Belgian Sexual North Sea (2018), Edited and Donated by Jan Fabre, the Good Belgian Artist). Part of my inspiration came from our national folklore, but also from those small vignettes found on chocolate bars...

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Performances by Jan Fabre at Rome’s MAXXI

Rome, 12 November 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Rome’s MAXXI foundation is currently presenting “Jan Fabre. Stigmata. Actions & Performances”, an exhibition of works by Jan Fabre, curated by Germano Celant. The show is to run until 16 February 2014. The museum describes the show as a “voyage into the memory of the 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”. The artist’s work is inspired, both by traditional Flemish painting, and by the study and use of the body”. Jan Fabre was born in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1958. As well as an artist, he was a playwright, stage director, choreographer and...

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Jan Fabre at the Galerie Templon

Paris, 20 February 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Galerie Daniel Templon will exhibit the works of Belgian sculpture Jan Fabre from 28 February to 20 April 2013. In this new production, Jan Fabre puts death and its representation into perspective, as well as its mise en scène. The Galerie Daniel Templon is thus transformed into a funeral home. The rooms of the gallery are equipped with the statue of a couple in Carrara marble. The artist, who is prone to shocking and creating controversies, will be displaying sculptures of brains filled with insects and plants. He will be paying tribute to two scientists whose discoveries were a real breakthrough in the 19th century: Elizabeth Caroline Crosby (1918-1983), an American neuroanatomist and Konrad Lorenz (1903-1989), an Austrian biologist and zoologist. Jan Fabre has already worked on the theme of neuroscience in his film Is the brain the most sexy part of the body? Jan Fabre was born in 1958 and is one of the most famous Flemish artists. He is a multidisciplinary and eclectic artist. He also has an interest in theatre, choreography, design and...

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Jan Fabre reinterprets The Pietà

Venice, 6 May 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA) The Nuova Scuola Grande di Santa Maria della Misericordia is exhibiting the latest creations by Jan Fabre. Organized to coincide with the 54th edition of the Biennale in Venice, “Pietàs” will run from 1 June to 16 October. The exhibition will feature five marble sculptures, exhibited on a platform upon which the visitors will be able to climb. Via these sculptures, Fabre reinterprets the Pietà by integrating anatomic elements, such as a brain to the marble, hereby evoking life, death and resurrection. The most striking piece is Compassionate Dream, undoubtedly. In this version of Michelangelo’s Pietà, the artist endows Jesus with his own face and the Virgin with a skull. Far from being purposely blasphemous, the artist wishes to emphasize what Mary felt when her son was declared dead. Jan Fabre was born in 1958 and he is one of the most famous Flemish artists. As a multi-talented and eclectic artist, Fabre is interested in acting, choreography, design and sculpture. In 2008, he established a dialogue between ancient and contemporary art by exhibiting his creations at the...

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