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JAN FABRE (Antwerp, Belgium, 1958). "De blikopener",...

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JAN FABRE (Antwerp, Belgium, 1958). "De blikopener", 2017. Sculpture in silicon bronze. Exemplary 8/35. Signed and numbered. With stamp of Art Casting Belgium. Attached certificate signed by the artist. Measurements: 108 x 45 x 30 cm; 178 cm (height with base). This sculpture belongs to a series of pieces in bronze of polished and shiny finish of realistic workmanship, in which the portrayed figures, who often assume the features of the artist himself (as in this case), hold utensils that function as metaphorical attributes of the artist's role. The figure wears a suit jacket and in his right hand holds a can opener. The object seems to suggest the role of the artist as the one whose mission is to pierce reality, to "open eyes," to perforate the world and break with preconceptions. "De Blikopener" was exhibited at the Palazzo Merulana in Rome, in the show "Jan Fabre. The rhythm of the brain", curated by Achille Bonita Oliva and Melania Rossi. Jan Fabre is a playwright, stage director, choreographer and visual artist. He studied at the Municipal Institute of Decorative Arts in Antwerp and at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Between 1976 and 1980 he wrote his first texts for the theater. In 1978 he made drawings with his own blood during the solo performance My Body, My Blood, My Landscape. In 1980 he made the "Bic-Art Room", as an opposition to "Big Art"; he locked himself for three days and three nights in a white cube filled with objects, drawing with blue Bic pens. In 1986 he founded Troubleyn/Jan Fabre, a theater company with extensive international projection. He has been a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Sciences and Arts of Belgium since 1998 and is a Commander of the Order of Leopold II. In 2008, The Angel of Metamorphosis was exhibited at the Louvre Museum, an exhibition inaugurated by Queen Paola of Belgium. He decorated the ceiling of the Hall of Mirrors of the Royal Palace in Brussels, which he called Heaven of Delights, made of 1600,000 beetle-beetle elytra, which has been widely praised. He also made Totem, a sculpture of a giant insect pierced by a huge twenty-three-meter steel spire, at the Ladeuzeplein in Leuven. The sculpture was erected in 2005 to commemorate the 575th anniversary of the historic Leuven University Library.