Troubleyn | Jan Fabre

Sacrum Cerebrum

07.11.2015 – 08.01.2016

© Angelos bvba - Pat Verbruggen

Art Bärtschi & Cie is pleased to present Sacrum Cerebrum, a new solo exhibition where Jan Fabrewill show his latest white marble sculptures and works on paper.

Pursuing his research into the functioning of the brain – a subject he has studied for over 10 years – the artist continues to explore the poetic possibilities of the organ as the centre of emotions, empathy and compassion, with the thirteen sculptures created especially for this exhibition. Meticulously designed and strikingly immaculate, Jan Fabre brings a sacred character to the brain through combining it with rich Christian symbolism to create startling associations. He reclaims holy imagery and transforms it with grace and beauty to create objects of desire. Staged in this way, the organs are exposed to the public in an iconoclastic vulnerability creating a dialogue between matter and spirit in a scenography that invites reflexion on human nature, religion, and the force of life and death. Confronted with this spectacular celebration of the human brain, the visitor is invited to admire the precision and fragility of the works but also to ponder on the different modes of thought, rational or not, in a world where the former clearly seems to override the latter.


opening hours


Tuesday – Friday: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m

Saturday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.




+41-22 310 00 13


Art Bärtschi & Die
24, rue du Vieux Billard
CH-1205 Genève


Sacrum Cerebrum

23.01.2016 – 31.01.2016

© Angelos bvba - Pat Verbruggen

‘Sacrum Cerebrum': a solo exhibition of Jan Fabre, Ambassador of BRAFA 2016, by curator Melania Rossi. At the booth of Guy Pieters Gallery on the BRAFA Art Fair Jan Fabre shows eleven new sculptures of the series ‘Sacrum Cerebrum’

“With ‘Sacrum Cerebrum’ Jan Fabre adventures into an undertaking possible only through his art, which obstinately continues to amaze. Science and religion, culture and memory, beliefs and faiths, Fabre’s “total art” unites everything and puts forward an extraordinary vision, wherein the brain replaces the heart, giving rise to an enchantment of imagery.“

Melania Rossi



Daily: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Thursday 28th of January: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.