Jan Fabre: Dragonfly on Skimmer, 2012
32 x 23 x 20 cm (12 5/8 x 9 x 7 7/8 in.)
Jan Fabre: Gisants ...
PARIS • Galerie Daniel Templon • Ongoing
|Belgian artist Jan Fabre (born 1958, Antwerp) pays homage to two figures whose discoveries enlightened the 20th century: Elizabeth Caroline Crosby (1918-1983), an American neuro-anatomist, and Konrad Zacharias Lorenz (1903-1989), an Austrian biologist and zoologist. As a fervent advocate of inter-disciplinary dialogue, Jan Fabre has already addressed the neurosciences, primarily in his film Is the brain the most sexy part of the body? (2007)|
If funerary sculptures invite us to meditate on the vanity of existence, the settings created by Jan Fabre question humanity’s ties with nature and its own nature. The brain, seat of intelligence and creativity, appears as a protector, a possible guide to the beyond. Insects—butterflies, bees, spiders and beetles—adopt the function traditionally reserved for dogs or lions in royal sepulchres, posed at the effigies’ feet: the promise of resurrection.
A bilingual French-English exhibition catalogue accompanies the show, with written contributions from Jo Coucke, Marie Darrieussecq, Vincent Huguet and Bernard Marcelis.
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