Ik, aan het dromen [Me, Dreaming]

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Jan Fabre

1978

Sculpture, table; 70x 50 x 80 cm, chair; 140 x 50 x 40 cm; figure; 160 x 50 x 100 cm, microscope; 20 x 10 x 10 cm.
Materials: mannequin, plaster, clothes, smoked meat, table, chair, microscope, nails, thumbnails

Collection: Collection M HKA / Collection Flemish Community (Inv. no. BK6962).

The work of Jan Fabre is about continuous enactment. He is a romantic and enhances an extreme faith in art; a heroic investment, a life & death aspect of art-making. He is searching for intensity, searching for a re-opening of space which has been closed. A space of aiming for an active understanding of the world. Jan Fabre can be related to local intellectual spheres of baroque: a transcendence of global space of understanding of the world as in the paintings of Rubens. The world as an elegiac space: a naïve space where experience & nature can merge. These works are more performance about intensity; acting out for the better or the worse. He’s 100% affirmative and works on the verge of kitsch. Jan Fabre as Rubens incorporate the power of art and a certain cruelty in their works but Jan Fabre resents the problem of affirmation. In this impossibility he presents the conceivability of a different attitude today.

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