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Jan Fabre

Jan Fabre (1958), a director and visual artist, and often a protagonist of his own works of art, regularly uses in his prolific and protean work, large quantities of coleopterons. Like most of the materials used by Fabre, coleopterons, often of exotic origin, are selected for their metaphoric as much as their purely sensual qualities. Insects, and notably coleopterons, are the subject of numerous associations of ideas and easily trigger incontrollable and spontaneous sensations.

The two Champs de stratégie (La Bataille chez Gulliver and La Bataille de Saint Scarabée), dating from 1998, resemble battle field models, as if conceived by children or by military strategists from the 17th century. Real armies of Lamiinae Lamiini, a sort of coleopteron from South-East Asia, march on a wax landscape with metallic reflections, upon which fragments of medieval armor serve as a blockhouse, while a procession of beetle-rhinoceroses pass through white wax scenery in front of cruciform objects which evoke imperious globes or symbols referring to ruined churches from geographical map keys.

Artworks

  1. Jan Fabre Strategieveld (de Slag bij Gulliver), 1998

    Cire, scarabées, plomb, bois
    114 x 200 x 150 cm
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Donation 2000 - KBL European Private Bankers
    Œuvre présentée dans l'exposition Le meilleur des mondes (du point de vue de la collection Mudam), 30.01.2010 – 23.05.2010, Mudam Luxembourg
    © Photo (détail) : Andrés Lejona | Mudam Luxembourg

  1. Jan Fabre Strategieveld (De Slag van de Heilige Scarabee), 1998

    Cire, scarabées, plomb, bois
    114 x 200 x 150 cm
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Donation 2000 - KBL European Private Bankers
    Œuvre présentée dans l'exposition Le meilleur des mondes (du point de vue de la collection Mudam), 30.01.2010 – 23.05.2010, Mudam Luxembourg
    © Photo (détail) : Andrés Lejona | Mudam Luxembourg

Marina Abramović, "Video Portrait Gallery", 1975-1998 | Collection Mudam Luxembourg | Acquisition 2001
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