Between 2011 and 2013, the world famous Belgian artist, Jan Fabre, created a series of monumental ‘mosaic panels’ with the title Tribute to Hieronymus Bosch in Congo. The series was a part of his critical reflections on Belgium’s colonial history, a theme which has often appeared in Fabre’s work since 2002.
Tribute to Hieronymus Bosch in Congo is a symbolic depiction of the atrocities and absurdities which Congo has undergone, making use of the visual language of the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch. Each mosaic panel has been made with the application of the naturally shed, iridescent wing cases of jewel beetles which lends the pictures, both literally and figuratively, a mysterious unreal effect.
Jan Fabre’s work makes it clear that Hieronymus Bosch’s visual language has lost nothing of its relevance in the 500 years since his death. This language is acquiring a new public and another voice with the current generation of artists. Nonetheless, with their large format and unique use of materials, Jan Fabre’s works are still entirely different.
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