jan fabre

(Antwerp, Belgium 1958. He lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium)

Fabre is known as a versatile personality: a visual artist, a choreographer, a film director, and a writer, he has gained equal fame in each field of action. His work has an all-absorbing and interdisciplinary character. In Fabre’s research the study of the human body and its transformations prevails, and he deals with the concept of metamorphosis, through the extreme exploration of human corporeity. A kinsman of the famous entomologist Jean-Henry Fabre, he is attracted to the study of nature and has a real passion for the sciences, entomology in particular. The use of insects is a distinctive feature of his work. He has also created a particular “bic blue” that he uses to coat different kinds of surfaces. Man, nature, and their mutual relations are his favorite themes. The many venues where his works have been displayed include the Venice Biennale in 1984, 1990, and 2003 and Documenta in 1987 and 1992 in Kassel. The Louvre hosted a considerable exhibition of his installations in 2008.


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