Actions & Performances 1976-2016




By Germano Celant

Jan Fabre. STIGMATA is a voyage into the memory of one of the biggest contemporary artists through drawings, photographs, sculptures, costumes, texts quotes, archival documents and study models – which Fabre refers to as “Thinking Models” – and
filmic documentations of his performance and poetic actions, from the second half of the 1970s to the present. Visitors are greeted by a labyrinth of tables introducing the artist’s philosophies. This tool serves to understand his ideas, his memories, his art, profoundly inspired by the traditions of Flemish painting and focused on the study and use of the body.

Examining and liberating
the body is a sacred duty.
My catechism:
Art is the father
Beauty the son
And freedom the spirit.


Jan Fabre, 1983


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