Jan Fabre, my nation the imagination
Exhibition at the Maeght fondation, 623 chemin des Gardettes, 06570 Saint - Paul - de - Vence, open every days from 10am to 7pm, phone : 04.93.32.81.63, ticket full price : 16 €.
Heir of the surrealism and of the Flemish baroque the painter Jan Fabre begins his career under the sign of provocation by using blood like the Renaissance artists who put it together with others fragments. This choice shocks the conscious because blood is always represented by using blue color. Fabre plays on ambiguity and taboos of our society for denouncing our hypocrisy. Like his anatomist father Jan Fabre interests himself with the beetles specially their carapaces he observes, analyzes, decorticate and sticking side by side for making canvas with changing colors. These canvas represent the metamorphoses of our lives or the cruel colonial story of Belgium.
The marble sculpture and the drawings Jan Fabre makes now deal with an organ he considers as the ultimate terra incognita but also the most sexiest part of our anatomy : the brain. Jan Fabre estimates that the brain is a strange organ because it is still unknown and outside seems to be dangerous. But the brain plays an important part in erotism by stimulating the erection. Jan Fabre doesn't hesitate to represent himself riding a brain like a horse or by putting on a same line four brains of four famous people (Einstein, Gertrude Stein, Wittgenstein or Frankenstein) for building the ultimate brain.