Jan Fabre, ‘House of Flames’, 1991, Koller Auctions
Jan Fabre, ‘House of Flames’, 1991, Koller Auctions
Jan Fabre, ‘House of Flames’, 1991, Koller Auctions
Jan Fabre, ‘House of Flames’, 1991, Koller Auctions

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76 x 33 x 39 cm (with metal base and plexiglass cover height overall: 189 cm).

The authenticity has been confirmed by Angelos bvba/Jan Fabre, Antwerp, May 2015.

Acquired from Galerie De Vuyst, Lokeren, by the present owner in 2001. Since then privately owned, Netherlands.

About Jan Fabre

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).

Belgian, b. 1958, Antwerp, Belgium