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Jan Fabre

13 Jan

I don’t know why but the last few days I’ve been thinking about the Belgian artist Jan Fabre.  We went to see an exhibit of his at the Kroller Muller Museum in Holland last year and I still catch myself thinking about him and his art.  The exhibit that we saw was one with his jewel beetle pieces.  Paintings, sculptures and installation pieces were covered with these beetles.  At first glance you can’t even tell that it’sactual  beetle shells that are the medium he uses.  He actually did a mural of jewel beetles on the ceiling of the Royal Palace in Brussels (1.6 million were used).  His art definitely lingers in the mind for a very long time.

The famous jewel beetles.

The whole foreground is made of thousands of beetles.  The paintings in the back as well.

Beetle covered street lamp.

In the garden of the Kroller Muller Museum there were some of Fabre’s bronze head statues.

If I remember correctly a lot of these statues are actually of the artist himself.

We all found the whole exhibit very fascinating.  The kids still mention the beetle exhibit often and are still in awe of the works of art that they saw that day.

For an interesting article about Jan Fabre (with explanation of his human bone pieces) look here…

http://www.sculpture.org/documents/scmag04/march04/fabre/fabre.shtml

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