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Berlinde De Bruyckere, The Wound II, 2011–12, wax, epoxy, leather, wood, horse hair, fabric, and iron, 45 1/4 x 24 3/4 x 12 1/2". From the series “The Wound,” 2011–12. Arter.

Berlinde De Bruyckere

Arter/Çukurcuma Hammam

Berlinde De Bruyckere, The Wound II, 2011–12, wax, epoxy, leather, wood, horse hair, fabric, and iron, 45 1/4 x 24 3/4 x 12 1/2". From the series “The Wound,” 2011–12. Arter.

For her first solo exhibition in Istanbul, “The Wound,” Belgian artist Berlinde De Bruyckere filled three floors of the contemporary art space Arter as well as the historic Çukurcuma Hammam with her signature pseudo-anatomical sculptures, including four new works. As suggested by the exhibition’s title, recurring aspects in her oeuvre—peeled skin, open wounds, morbid flesh tones—were on display, most boldly realized in the site-specific -009-, 2011–12, a suite of sculptures resembling raw tree limbs and human bones leaning in a vitrine placed in Arter’s window and thus seen by thousands every day on one of the busiest streets in the world. This piece is solemn and disorienting, like much of the artist’s work; and those who stepped in to see the rest of the exhibition were exposed to layers of sensations reminiscent of the experience or anticipation of loss, a ritualistic

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