Jan Fabre’s artistic work is characterised by a striving for the sublime and the search for beauty and perfection. In all this, his focus is on the human body. Consequently, he pays particular attention to the brain as the central organ dealing with sensual impressions and directing our movements and actions.
About the artist
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.