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Jan Fabre

Adsum Qui Feci (Hier ben ik, ik ben de schuldige) (Adsum qui feci (I, here before you, am the guilty party)), 2016

Jewel beetles' wings on panel
67 4/5 × 89 2/5 × 3 1/10 in
172.2 × 227 × 8 cm
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Otegem
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Deweer Gallery
Otegem
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Vanity and fidelity are the two major themes in this new and impressive works from the series …

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Vanity and fidelity are the two major themes in this new and impressive works from the series ‘Vanitas Vanitatum, Omnia Vanitas (Vanity of Vanities, All is Vanity)’. Both themes are common to the Flemish art from the 16th and 17th centuries, as well as to the work of the Antwerp Baroque master Jacob Jordaens for …

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Jan Fabre
Belgian, b. 1958
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Jan Fabre’s signature blue ballpoint pen drawings and ornamented sculptures engage themes of life, death, and memory while reflecting his love of performance art. Conceived in homage to death and the artist, The Man Who Measures the Clouds (1998)—a bronze figure perched precariously atop a ladder on the edge of a crate raising a large ruler to the sky—expresses the feeling of planning the impossible. “I create spiritual realms through my art,” explains Fabre, who rejects the cynicism he sees as prevalent in contemporary art. Many works incorporate jewel beetles, which Fabre appreciates for their beauty, memory, and ability to process information, which he says has enabled them to survive millions of years. Their emerald-like shells—1.4 million of them arranged in various forms and patterns—encrust his work for a ceiling in Brussels’ Palais Royal (Heaven of Delight, 2002).

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Deweer Gallery
Otegem
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Vanity and fidelity are the two major themes in this new and impressive works from the series …

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Vanity and fidelity are the two major themes in this new and impressive works from the series ‘Vanitas Vanitatum, Omnia Vanitas (Vanity of Vanities, All is Vanity)’. Both themes are common to the Flemish art from the 16th and 17th centuries, as well as to the work of the Antwerp Baroque master Jacob Jordaens for …

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Jan Fabre
Belgian, b. 1958
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Jan Fabre’s signature blue ballpoint pen drawings and ornamented sculptures engage themes of life, death, and memory while reflecting his love of performance art. Conceived in homage to death and the artist, The Man Who Measures the Clouds (1998)—a bronze figure perched precariously atop a ladder on the edge of a crate raising a large ruler to the sky—expresses the feeling of planning the impossible. “I create spiritual realms through my art,” explains Fabre, who rejects the cynicism he sees as prevalent in contemporary art. Many works incorporate jewel beetles, which Fabre appreciates for their beauty, memory, and ability to process information, which he says has enabled them to survive millions of years. Their emerald-like shells—1.4 million of them arranged in various forms and patterns—encrust his work for a ceiling in Brussels’ Palais Royal (Heaven of Delight, 2002).

Jan Fabre

Adsum Qui Feci (Hier ben ik, ik ben de schuldige) (Adsum qui feci (I, here before you, am the guilty party)), 2016

Jewel beetles' wings on panel
67 4/5 × 89 2/5 × 3 1/10 in
172.2 × 227 × 8 cm
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location
Otegem
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