Troubleyn | Jan Fabre

Jan Fabre. The Years of the Hour Blue

04.05.2011 – 28.08.2011

© KHM Vienna - Stefan Zeisler, Chris Mendez

The Picture gallery of the Kunsthistorisches Museum will host an exhibition comprising 40 historical works by the internationally renowned Belgian artist, Jan Fabre (born 1958 in Antwerp). These works belong to his series “The Hour Blue”, and most of them were created between 1986 and 1990. Executed with a blue Bic ballpoint pen, these drawings focus on metamorphosis and rebirth. The drawings – and a selection of three-dimensional objects with surfaces also covered with ballpoint drawings – will be placed in a number of galleries and rooms of the Picture Gallery of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, entering into a dialogue with masterpieces in the KHM’s permanent collection such as Tintoretto’s Susanna and the Elders, Caravaggio’s Man holding Tortoises, and Rubens’ Feast of Venus. In addition, important sculptures by the artist will be displayed in the Entrance Hall and – visible from Maria-Theresien-Square – on the roof of the museum, initiating a fascinating dialogue between the contemporary and the historical, the transient and the eternal.

The works on show are loans from important private collections and international museums such as the Kunstmuseum Basel, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Museum Kiasma in Helsinki, and the Museum of the 21st Century in Kanazawa (Japan).

Kunsthistorisches Museum
Picture Gallery
Maria Theresien-Platz
1010 Vienna

Jan Fabre. The Years of the Hour Blue.

21.12.2013 – 23.02.2014

Drawings and sculptures 1977-1992

© Angelos bvba - Attilio Maranzano

Created largely between 1986 and 1992 the exhibited works belong to a series known as “The Hour Blue”. This title was borrowed by the artist from the writings of his great-grandfather, the celebrated French entomologist Jean-Henri Fabre who studied the mystical moment of transition between night and day when nocturnal creatures return to sleep and before diurnal creatures awake : a moment of perfect symmetry, total silence and absolute saturation. A ‘split’ in time.
In Fabre’s art this poetic hour becomes the intervening period leading towards all kinds of metamorphosis and outbreaks: animals, faces and objects appear on the surface of the deep blue drawings.

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