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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.

Source: saatchi-gallery.co.uk

Berlinde De Bruyckere Featured Artworks

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

Berlinde De Bruyckere Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Stronger Than Language at Hauser & Wirth, St. Moritz
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11 June–5 July 2020 Group Exhibition Stronger Than Language Hauser & WirthSt. Moritz
Contemporary art exhibition, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Stages & Tales at Hauser & Wirth, Somerset
Closed
29 September 2018–1 January 2019 Berlinde De Bruyckere Stages & Tales Hauser & WirthSomerset

Berlinde De Bruyckere Represented By

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

Berlinde De Bruyckere In Related Press

Berlinde De Bruyckere on Not Escaping Death Related Press Berlinde De Bruyckere on Not Escaping Death 2 July 2019, Frieze

Having made her name in the 1990s with quietly compelling pseudo-anatomical sculptures of flesh, Belgian artist Berlinde De Bruyckere has subsequently adopted a less explicit approach in her work.

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Getting to grips with the nature of art at Mona Related Press Getting to grips with the nature of art at Mona 23 January 2017, Apollo

Since opening in 2011, the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) in Hobart, Australia, has put man’s biological impulses and realities at the heart of its curatorial mission. Mona’s founder David Walsh declared infamously that the only relevant themes in contemporary art (and the ones guiding his personal collection) were sex and death. Newspaper...

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At the Marrakech Biennale, a conversation between postcolonial identities Related Press At the Marrakech Biennale, a conversation between postcolonial identities 6 April 2016, Hyperallergic

MARRAKESH — Set outside the institutional white cube, in restored ancient sites and the ruins of a 16th-century palace, the sixth edition of the Marrakech Biennale, Not New Now, arrives like a breath of fresh air. Curated by Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Associate Curator Reem Fadda, the current edition of the Moroccan biennale creates a marvelous...

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Berlinde De Bruyckere In Video & Audio

Berlinde De Bruyckere: Stages & Tales Related Video & Audio Berlinde De Bruyckere: Stages & Tales 22 September 2018, Hauser & Wirth

Inside her Ghent studio, Berlinde De Bruyckere discusses death, drapery and intimacy in her work ahead of her solo exhibition Stages & Tales at Hauser & Wirth Somerset. ‘In our society, we are always trying to escape from death. I try to give this possibility that my work can open some dialogue to talk about this: it’s all part of us...

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