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Venice Biennale 10: Jan Fabre

The most impressive installation this year for me was Jan Fabre‘s ‘Pietas’. An entire church in Venice had been transformed to reveal five carrara marble sculptures on a gold stage. Wearing felt slippers, visitors walk around the gilded podium exploring four enormous brains; ‘Tools of poetical terrorism (Pieta I), Living gravetomb (pieta II), Fountain of life mimicking the shape and style of minature (PietaIII), Ascending oracle stones (Pieta IV).

At the rear of the stage stands ‘Merciful Dream (Pieta V)‘. This reinterpretation of Michaelangelo’s Pieta, Fabre becomes Christ being held by his mother Mary after the crucifixion. Mary’s face is a skull, and Christ (Fabre) is holding a brain, with his trademark beetles and other insects crawling over him.

The Belgian artist depicts the body with the same tradition of Flemish painters: pained, tortured, alive, dead and resurrected, as stated by Fabre himself – who awoke twice from a coma.

One comment on “Venice Biennale 10: Jan Fabre

  1. Debbie
    September 14, 2011

    Gorgeous, probably my favourite of your venice posts

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