On the 22d October 2016 the State Hermitage opened a major exhibition of one of the most fertile and important artists of his generation Jan Fabre 'Knight of Despair / Warrior of Beauty' curated by himself together with Dimitri Ozerkov, the Head of Contemporary Art at the State Hermitage Museum and Barbara De Coninck, Artistic Director.
Jan Fabre has created a number of new works especially for this exhibition numbering more than two hundred artworks. Jan Fabre (Antwerp, 1958), a visual artist, theatre artist and author, uses his works to speculate in a loud and tangible manner about life and death, physical and social transformations, as well as about the cruel and intelligent imagination which is present in both animals and humans.
As emphasized by the artist and acknowledged by critics and researchers, his art goes back to the traditions of classic Flemish art, which he admires. Peter Paul Rubens and Jacob Jordaens are important inspirations, and the visitors will see it for themselves. For the exhibition period, Fabre’s works will make part of the museum’s permanent exposition and enter in a dialogue with the absolute international masterpieces.
At the Hermitage halls, this “sketch” will develop into a major art event that is sure to spark a great interest and many debates, which are to be held at another intellectual discussion marathon. The exhibition will come with series of lectures, master classes and round-table discussions. The exposition will show eight films, including the performance film Love is the Power Supreme (2016) featuring the artist, which was filmed in the Winter Palace in June 2016. This work will remain in the collection of The State Hermitage Collection.
Mardi – Dimanche: 10h30 – 18h00
Mercredi, Vendredi: 10h30 – 21h00
The State Hermitage Museum
2, Palace Square
The General Staff Building
Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Square), 6/8