Saint-Paul de Vence, France
Until 11 November 2018
No introduction is necessary for Jan Fabre, a major heir to surrealism and Flemish Baroque as well as drama and contemporary dance, a visual artist creating sculptures and installations, a great designer and also performer and author. Jan Fabre has designed a “customized” exhibition for the Maeght Foundation. He wished to have an exhibition that was spiritual in every sense of the word, at once dreamlike and serious but with the irony of games and a humor in the style of James Ensor. He brings his artistic discoveries into dialogue with those of science and art history.
Jan Fabre is both a “warrior and servant of beauty.” His work will respond to the beauty of the Foundation, which he considers a major establishment of creation, through his scenography, the beauty of his sculptures where the marble, the whiteness, the opalescence and transparencies will respond to the free associations of his drawings and collages. A dance of thought and body with the elements, other kingdoms and the most surprising fictions will unfold at the foundation.
Jan Fabre was born in 1958 in Antwerp, Belgium, where he lives and works. A man of theatre and internationally recognized choreographer, For forty years, Jan Fabre has developed an artistic work using various materials: pencil, pen ink, blood, tears, beetle elytra, bones, taxidermied animals, Murano glass, bronze and marble. A great designer, Jan Fabre makes sculptures and installations that explore the question of metamorphosis, the dialogue between art and science, the relationship between humans and nature as well as the question of the artist as a “warrior and servant” of beauty.
Jan Fabre has been exhibited throughout the world: since 2000, for example, at the SMAK Museum in Ghent (2002), at the Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona (2003), at the MAC in Lyon (2003 and 2016), at the M HKA Museum of Contemporary Art, and at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp (2006), the Louvre Museum in Paris (2008), the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan (2010), the Museum of Arts and Design in New York (2010), the Kröller- Müller Museum in Otterlo in the Netherlands (2011), at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna (2011), at the Museum of Modern Art in Saint-Etienne Métropole (2012), at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Lille (2013), at MAXXI in Rome (2013), Busan Museum of Art in Busan in South Korea (2013), PinchukArtCentre in Kiev (2014), Forte di Belvedere, Piazza della Signoria & Palazzo Vecchio in Florence (2016), Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg (2016), but also at the Venice Biennale (for example Glass and Bone Sculptures 1977-2017, Abbazia di San Gregorio).
Current exhibitions include My Queens (20.04-19.08.2018) at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and Jan Fabre. Stigmata. Actions and Performances 1976-2017 at the CAAC of Seville (23.03-02.09.2018). During the event, Palermo Cultural Capital of Italy, MondoMostre will organize the exhibition Jan Fabre. Ecstasy & Oracles in different places in Sicily (June-October 2018).