Hannover

Jan Fabre

Kunstverein Hannover

To enter and exit this exhibition one had to pass through two swinging glass doors, dyed a deep-blue with ink from a ballpoint pen. The doors symbolically demarcated a room containing a wide range of colors from red-violet to silver, all in Jan Fabre’s signature style—ballpoint ink. Besides paper, Fabre has used wood, satin, or even buildings as the surface for his “drawings.” His process is borrowed from everyday life—from idle scribbling on scraps of paper, or in telephone books, etc. But Fabre’s process becomes one of conquest, in which he makes the chosen objects of his drawings his own. It seems almost cruel when he attaches dead insects to some of the drawings. Likewise, the visitor to this retrospective felt like an insect in this hermetic environment.

Fabre’s installation of works from the last six years resembled a laboratory in which animals or humans, as representatives

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