Jan Fabre. Glass and Bone Sculptures 1977-2017

Detail of Planet I, an artwork presented within the exhibition "Jan Fabre. Glass and Bone Sculptures 1977-2017"
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13/05/2017 - 10:00 to 26/11/2017 - 19:00

Visual artist, theatre director and author, Jan Fabre is one of the most innovative and important figures of contemporary art at international level. On the occasion of the 57a Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte, the Belgian artist is back to Venice with a project especially conceived for the Abbazia di San Gregorio located between Ponte dell’Accademia and Punta della Dogana. The exhibition, which is actually a collateral event of Biennale d’Arte, is curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, Katerina Koskina, Dimitri Ozerkov, and promoted by the GAMeC – Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Bergamo in partnership with EMST – National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens and The State Hermitage Museum of Saint Petersburg.

Jan Fabre. Glass and Bone Sculptures 1977-2017, shows, for the first time gathered together, more than 40 art works realised by the Belgian artist within a period of fourty years, thus recalling his whole creative experience. Glass and bones are the real characters of this exclusive selection of sculptures : two hard materials, despite their fragility, Jan Fabre has dealt with throughout his whole artistic experience. Drawing inspiration from the painting tradition of the Flemish masters, who used to mix crushed bones with colors, and from the work of Venetian glass-makers, the artist makes us reflect, individually as well as collectively, on life and death, through a central topic of his work : metamorphosis.