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b. 1964, Belgium

Berlinde De Bruyckere Biography

An unsettling, reconfigured concept of the body, helpless yet contorted, takes centre stage in Berlinde de Bruyckere’s faceless sculptures. Abject deformation is turned into beauty as if the artist is trying to wrestle a shape from abstract form. That each body, whether human or equine, stands on a plinth or inside a cabinet, as if posing for the viewer, emphasises their monumentalised objecthood and the tension between what these objects represent and what they actually are.

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De Bruyckere began making work around ideas of the human figure in the early 1990s, first through its absence, stacking and draping woollen blankets on furniture, symbolising shelter and vulnerability. Then she added bodies made of wax, almost completely covered in wool; imperfect, sexless and headless.

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Berlinde De Bruyckere Featured Artworks

Glass Dome I, 2007 by Berlinde De Bruyckere contemporary artwork sculpture
Berlinde De BruyckereGlass Dome I, 2007, 2007Wax, epoxy, glass, wood
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Courtyard tales V, 2018 by Berlinde De Bruyckere contemporary artwork sculpture
Berlinde De BruyckereCourtyard tales V, 2018, 2018Blankets, wood, polyurethane, epoxy
350 x 260 x 50 cm
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Anderlecht III, 2018 by Berlinde De Bruyckere contemporary artwork sculpture
Berlinde De BruyckereAnderlecht III, 2018, 2018Wax, iron, epoxy
116 x 146 x 128 cm
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Anderlecht, 2018 by Berlinde De Bruyckere contemporary artwork sculpture
Berlinde De BruyckereAnderlecht, 2018, 2018Wax, iron, epoxy
103 x 163 x 137 cm
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Courtyard Tales VI, 2018 by Berlinde De Bruyckere contemporary artwork sculpture
Berlinde De BruyckereCourtyard Tales VI, 2018, 2018Blankets, wood, polyurethane, epoxy
310 x 198 x 32 cm
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Courtyard Tales, 2017-2018 by Berlinde De Bruyckere contemporary artwork sculpture
Berlinde De BruyckereCourtyard Tales, 2017-2018, 2017–2018Blankets, wood, polyurethane, epoxy
275 x 270 x 42 cm
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Piëta by Berlinde De Bruyckere contemporary artwork sculpture
Berlinde De BruyckerePiëta, 2007–2008Wax, epoxy, metal wood, cushions
80 x 110 x 180 cm
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Berlinde De Bruyckere Recent Exhibitions

Berlinde De Bruyckere Represented By

Hauser & Wirth contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Hauser & Wirth Gstaad, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Menorca, Monte Carlo, New York, Somerset, Southampton, St. Moritz, Zurich

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