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b. 1958, Belgium

Jan Fabre Biography

Both FABRE’s oeuvre and his life are determined by duality. Death and reincarnation are the central and recurrent themes in his work. He manifests this idea in his fascination for insects and beetles that are symbols for death and reincarnation. Also on stage one can notice contradictions. Physical degeneration contrasts with power of muscle and will.
Without any dread Jan FABRE shows vulnerability and the transience of human beings.
He is exhibiting in France, Belgium and Italy on a regular basis. In 2008 Fabre had a special show at the Louvre in Paris.

Jan Fabre Featured Artworks

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Skull with Harris’ Hawk by Jan Fabre contemporary artwork
Jan FabreSkull with Harris’ Hawk, 2018Bic ink, Murano glass, skeleton, stainless steel
65 x 22 x 22 cm
Templon Contact Gallery
Skull with Von der Decken’s Hornbill by Jan Fabre contemporary artwork
Jan FabreSkull with Von der Decken’s Hornbill, 2018Bic ink, Murano glass, skeleton, stainless steel
65 x 22 x 22 cm
Templon Contact Gallery
Berlin/ Tornado’s - (VIII) by Jan Fabre contemporary artwork
Jan FabreBerlin/ Tornado’s - (VIII), 1988Bic ballpoint pen on paper
237 x 164 x 5 cm
Templon Contact Gallery
Berlin/ Tornado’s - (VI) by Jan Fabre contemporary artwork
Jan FabreBerlin/ Tornado’s - (VI), 1988Bic ballpoint pen on paper
237 x 164 x 5 cm
Templon Contact Gallery
Berlin/ Tornado’s - (III) by Jan Fabre contemporary artwork
Jan FabreBerlin/ Tornado’s - (III), 1988Bic ballpoint pen on paper
237 x 164 x 5 cm
Templon Contact Gallery
Berlin/ Tornado’s - (I) by Jan Fabre contemporary artwork
Jan FabreBerlin/ Tornado’s - (I), 1988Bic ballpoint pen on paper
237 x 164 x 5 cm
Templon Contact Gallery
The Appearance and Disappearance of Antwerp V by Jan Fabre contemporary artwork
Jan FabreThe Appearance and Disappearance of Antwerp V, 2016Bic ballpoint pen on Poly G-film, dibond
165.3 x 124 cm
Templon Contact Gallery
Poisson belge lubrique faisant la fête by Jan Fabre contemporary artwork
Jan FabrePoisson belge lubrique faisant la fête, 2018Wood, pigment, polymer, metal, glass and fish
15.6 x 29.5 x 29.5 cm
Templon Contact Gallery

Jan Fabre Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Jan Fabre, L’Heure Sauvage at Templon, Brussels
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9 January–22 February 2020 Jan Fabre L’Heure Sauvage TemplonBrussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Jan Fabre, Belgian Sexual Folklore (2017–2018) Belgian Sexual North Sea (2018) at Templon, Paris
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17 May–21 July 2018 Jan Fabre Belgian Sexual Folklore (2017–2018) Belgian Sexual North Sea (2018) Templon28 Grenier Saint-Lazare, Paris

Jan Fabre Represented By

Templon contemporary art gallery in 30 rue Beaubourg, Paris, France Templon Paris, Brussels

Jan Fabre In Ocula Magazine

Five must-see exhibitions in London this spring Ocula Report Five must-see exhibitions in London this spring By Dr Kostas Prapoglou, London

This spring five exhibitions in London take us on a journey to a domain of spatial and time-related inspirations. Human presence, intervention or absence appear as a unifying subject. Ronchini Gallery Jan Fabre: Knight of the Night Until 12 March 2016 At Ronchini Gallery in Mayfair, Belgian artist Jan Fabre has created one of his unique...

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Jan Fabre In Related Press

Jan Fabre explores Belgian identity—and rails against far-right nationalists—at new Galerie Templon show Related Press Jan Fabre explores Belgian identity—and rails against far-right nationalists—at new Galerie Templon show 18 May 2018, The Art Newspaper

The provocative Belgian artist, choreographer and theatre director Jan Fabre says that a show of new works at Galerie Templon's new space in Paris is a 'carnavalesque, burlesque, surrealist critical homage' to his home country that explores the quirkier side of Belgian national identity. 'I'm celebrating Belgium, as a reaction against all the...

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Urs Fischer’s bonfire of the vanities in Florence Related Press Urs Fischer’s bonfire of the vanities in Florence 29 September 2017, Apollo Magazine

Urs Fischer came to public prominence in 2011 when he melted a full-size wax replica of Giambologna's Rape of the Sabine Woman at the 50th Venice Biennale. Giambologna's tour-de-force has stood in the Loggia dei Lanzi of the Piazza della Signoria in Florence since 1583, and today the acclaimed Swiss artist returned to this theatre of art and...

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Jan Fabre takes a seat with the Old Masters in St Petersburg Related Press Jan Fabre takes a seat with the Old Masters in St Petersburg 4 November 2016, Wallpaper*

Jan Fabre likes to say that he’s ‘just a dwarf in the presence of giants’. What he’s driving at with this humble statement is that he follows in the footsteps of Rubens, Van Dyck, Jordaens and the other Flemish masters that originate from his hometown of Antwerp. Often, Fabre presents his own, contemporary work in...

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