Galleria Gaburro is pleased to announce "JAN FABRE. The Wisdom of Belgium". which runs from 2 december 2022 until 12 february 2023 in Milan.
The exhibition, curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, is a solo show of Jan Fabre (b 1958, Antwerp), one of the foremost contemporary artist.
The exhibition includes about thirty small-format artworks from the Folklore Sexuel Belge and Mer du Nord Sexuelle Belge series, together with ten sculptures, which are being shown for the first time in Italy. In these works, Jan Fabre questions Belgian identity, sexuality and sensuality, which he examines through the visual lens of surrealism, a feature of his work and indeed of all Belgian art.
Jan Fabre, who in this case wryly refers to himself as “Le Bon Artiste Belge”, shows a series of works that aim to reveal a national Belgian identity that is by no means unique, but rather highly diverse. In this fragmentation, he seeks to find wisdom and commonalities within them in order to “unite rather than divide”.
The iconography and iconology of Fabre’s drawings and sculptures in this exhibition - the curator says - do appear to emerge from the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch.
Marine elements, including shells, men, animals and plants, undergo surreal and symbolic human-animal metamorphoses in an orgy of colours, shapes and sexuality, which Fabre astutely also reinterprets in light of the evolution of popular cultures.
About the artist
Jan Fabre (b. 1958, Antwerp) is a multidisciplinary artist, performer, theatre director, choreographer and set designer. He attended the Municipal Institute of Decorative Arts and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and from there he began his artistic research, declining it in different visual languages. He likes to call himself “a knight of despair and warrior of beauty” and “consilience artist”, for his propensity to seek links between disciplines and his constant experimentation in a range of issues and materials.
About the curator
Giacinto di Pietrantonio (Lettomanopello, 1954), graduated at DAMS in Bologna, he is Professor of Exhibition Design and Art Publishing at IED, Accademia di Belle Arti Galli di Como. He taught at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan and was Director of GAMeC in Bergamo. He has curated several exhibitions, including "Passaggi ad Oriente" at the 1993 Venice Biennale, the editions of "Fuori Uso" and "Over the Edges" with Jan Hoet in Ghent. He wrote monographs on Enzo Cucchi, Jan Fabre and Ettore Spalletti.
JAN FABRE. The Wisdom of Belgium
Galleria Gaburro, Via Cerva 25, Milan
2 December 2022 – 12 February 2023
Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 3-7 p.m.
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