Jan Fabre

Galleria Massimo Minini

The work of Jan Fabre ranges from large environmental works like Kasteel Tivoli (Tivoli castle, 1991), an entire facade covered with blue ink marks made with a ballpoint pen, to extremely minute works of pseudogenetic concoctions, to insects that are transformed into cybernetic “monsters,” to theatrical works (since 1980) for which he has provided the text, the music, and the choreography. However this formal identification and diversification ends up being merely an external, superficial characteristic.

Fabre presents us with an obsession: the image of the insect—continually present in his work since the late ’70s—and of the artist as both insect and entomologist, which speaks of a desire to descend to the stage of pure instinct, to pure, unconscious repetition. Thus Kokonnen in de stilte van de storm (Cross in the silence of the storm, insects in the storm of the silence, 1992), exhibited

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