Jan Fabre

Jan Fabre (b. 1958); Belgian multidisciplinary artist, playwright, stage director, choreographer and designer.

Studied at the Municipal Institute of Decorative Arts and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. Between 1976 and 1980 he wrote his first scripts for the theatre and made his first solo performances.

In his 'money-performances' he burned money and wrote the word 'MONEY' with the ashes. In 1977 he renamed the street where he lived "Jan Fabre Street" and fixed a commemorative plaque, "Here lives and works Jan Fabre," to the house of his parents, like the commemorative plate on the house of Vincent Van Gogh in the same street. In 1978 he made drawings with his own blood during the solo performance My body, My blood, My landscape. In 1980 in The Bic-Art Room he had himself locked up for 3 days and 3 nights in a white cube full of objects, drawing with blue Bic ballpoint pens as an alternative to Big art Established in 1986, Troubleyn/Jan Fabre is a theatre company with extensive international operations, with its home base in Antwerp, Belgium.

From 1980 he began his career as a stage director and stage designer.

Fabre is famous for his Bic-art (ballpoint drawings). In 1990, he covered an entire building with ballpoint drawings.

He explores the relationships between drawing and sculpture. He also makes sculptures in bronze (among them The man who measures the clouds and Searching for Utopia) and with beetles.

His decoration of the ceiling of the Royal Palace in Brussels Heaven of Delight (made out of 1,600,000 jewel-scarab wing cases) is widely praised. In 2004 he erected Totem, a giant bug stuck on a 70-foot steel needle, on the Ladeuzeplein in Leuven.

In 2008, Jan Fabre's The Angel of Metamorphosis exhibition was held at the Louvre Museum.

On 26 Oct. 2012, media reported how during a shoot in the Antwerp town hall for a forthcoming film on Fabre, living cats were thrown repeatedly several meters...
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