Troubleyn | Jan Fabre

Jan Fabre. Chapters I-XVIII.

12.10.2012 – 15.05.2013

Waxes & Bronzes

© Angelos bvba - Pat Verbruggen

Just like former exhibitions as L’ange de la métamorphose in the Louvre in Paris (2008) and The Years of the Hour Blue at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna (2011) the works of Jan Fabre will also be integrated in the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, more specifically in the circuit through the rooms devoted to the Old Masters.

In the area close to the prestigious Rubens room the artist will stage-manage a classic sculptures gallery with a serial presentation of contemporary self-portraits in traditional wax and bronze. With this staging the artist wishes to include the tradition of the historical galleries in his concept. The fantastic and the well-tempered order converge in an area that unites the artistic-historical tradition and a topical and ironic humanity.

About the exhibition “Chapters I – XVIII. Waxes & Bronzes” Jan Fabre says:

“I have made 18 bronze and 18 wax sculptures. All of them are busts. One sees as well the young Jan Fabre as the Jan Fabre into his seventies. All the sculptures have animals ears and horns. Like Pinocchio. Horns which resemble antennas. I consider this a investigation on the self-portrait. The self-portrait as an aspiration to the other and the odd. It is a research on physiognomy. The perfectly polished bronze sculptures are almost like death masks. Because each self-portrait is a death mask in a certain sense. All these sculptures result from a post-mortem state of life.”


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