Jan Fabre

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Jan Fabre not only built up a reputation as a visual artist but also as a director, choreographer and playwright. He was born in 1958 in Antwerp where he still lives and works. His body of work is as versatile as his talents. In the 70s he became famous due to his performance art. For instance, he made drawings by using the remaining ash of burned banknotes. A few years later Fabre devoted himself mainly to sculpture. He was especially inspired by Flemish old masters. Up to the present day, the body and its anatomy constitute a consistent topic throughout his work. Some sculptures are made out of traditional materials like marble and bronze, others arise out of silicone or are decorated with shimmering beetle shells. Apart from sculptural work, Fabre also creates numerous drawings with ballpoint on paper or even on objects and architecture. His work is included in several international collections, for instance the Kunstmuseum Basel, the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen in Munich, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Louvre in Paris. The Galerie Klüser has been representing the artist since 1994. In addition, the gallery supported and organised several museum exhibitions and is also the publisher of many editions.

Biography

*1958 Antwerpen, Belgien. The artist lives and works in Antwerpen, Belgium. Galerie Klüser has been representing Jan Fabre since 1994.

Biography

 
1964-68Municipal Fine Arts Institute of Decorative Arts, Antwerpen, Belgium
1964-68Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerpen, Belgium

Selected Exhibitions at Galerie Klüser and Klüser 2

2014-15DO WE FEEL WITH OUR BRAIN AND THINK WITH OUR HEART?, Solo Show
2012-139 CHAPTERS, Solo Show
2009PROJEKT MESRINE, Solo Show
IS THE BRAIN THE MOST SEXY PART OF THE BODY?, Solo Show
2001NEW WORKS, Solo Show
1997INNERES / ÄUSSERES SKELETT, Solo Show

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019THE MAN WHO MEASURES THE CLOUDS, Palazzo Balbi Valier, Venice, Italy
ORO ROSSO. SCULPTURES D’ORO E CORALLO, DISEGNI DI SANGUE, Museo di Capodimonte, Neapel, Italy
2018MY NATION: THE IMAGINATION, Foundation Maeght, Saint-Paul de Vence, France
ECSTASY & ORACLES, Cattedrale di Monreale, Palermo, Italy
TROUBLEYN/JAN FABRE – BELGIAN RULES/BELGIUM RULES (Performance), La rose de vents, Villeneuve d’Ascq, Frankreich; Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, Germany
2017JAN FABRE – GLASS AND BONE STRUCTURES 1977-2007, Abbazia di San Gregorio, 57th Venice Biennale, Venedig, Italy
STIGMATA – ACTIONS & PERFORMANCES 1976-2016, Leopold Museum, Wien, Austria
2016-17KNIGHT OF DESPAIR / WARRIOR OF BEAUTY, The State Hermitage Museum, St.Petersburg, Russland
STIGMATA – ACTIONS & PERFORMANCES 1976-2016, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France
2016SPIRITUAL GUARDS, Forte di Belvedere, Florenz, Italy
TRIBUTE TO HIERONYMUS BOSCH IN CONGO, Het Noordbrabants Museum, Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
2015TRIBUTE TO HIERONYMUS BOSCH IN CONGO, Espace Louis Vuitton, Tokyo, Japan
2014TRIBUTE TO BELGIAN CONGO, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiew, Ukraine
INSECT DRAWINGS AND SCULPTURES 1975-1979, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede, Netherlands
2013-14THE YEAR OF THE HOUR BLUE. DRAWINGS AND SCULPTURES 1977-1992, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, South Korea
STIGMATA – ACTIONS & PERFORMANCES 1979-2013, MAXXI, Rom, Italy
2013INSECT DRAWINGS AND SCULPTURES 1975-1979, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Recklinghausen, Germany
CHALCOSOMA SMALL BRONZES 2006-2012
2012-13CHAPTERS I-XVIII, WAXES & BRONZES, Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brüssel, Belgium
2011THE YEARS OF THE HOUR BLUE, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wien, Austria
2010-12JAN FABRE, Maribor Art Gallery, Maribor, Slovenia
2008-09FROM THE CELLAR TO THE BRAIN, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria
2008L’ANGE DE LA MÉTAMORPHOSE, Musée de Louvre, Paris, France
2006LANCELOT, Magazzino d’Arte Moderna, Rom, Italy

Collections

MuHKA Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerpen, Belgium
SMAK Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium
Museum Voor Moderne Kunst (PMMK), Oostende, Belgium
MSU Muzej Suvremene Umjetnosti / Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia
Kiasma – Museum of Contemporary, Helsinki, Finnland
Fondation pour l’Art Contemporain, Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon, Alex, France
FRAC – Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkerque, France
Musée d’Art Contemporain Lyon, Lyon, France
MARCA – Museo delle Arti Catanzaro, Catanzaro, Italy
Riso Museo d’Arte Contemporanea della Sicilia, Palermo, Italy
Centro per l’Arte ContemporaneaLuigi Pech, Prato, Italy
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art – Kanazawa, Kanazawa, Japan
MUDAM – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg, Luxemburg
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía MNCARS, Madrid, Spain
Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland and others

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