Jan Fabre. Stigmata. Actions & Performances 1976- 2013 is a voyage into the memory of this 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.
Visitors are greeted by a labyrinth of tables introducing the artist’s philosophies. This tool serves to understand his ideas, his memories, his art, profoundly inspired by the traditions of Flemish painting and focused on the study and use of the body. This booklet examines five of the performances presented in the exhibition. The respective tables are marked by a specific icon.
“The whole of the Stigmata exhibition revolves around the glass table, which creates a transparent and flat lake in Zaha Hadid’s space on which materials float like rediscovered fragments of Jan Fabre’s performances, from the costumes to the recordings, from the photographs to the drawings.”
- Germano Celant, curator of the Stigmata exhibition