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Exhibition Jan Fabre at the Louvre

from April 11, 2008 to July 7, 2008

The Angel of Metamorphosis

Following upon the successes of the first three editions of Counterpoint, the Louvre continues to pursue its policy of openness to contemporary art and living artists by extending an invitation this spring to Jan Fabre.

 Within the galleries devoted to the painted works of the Flemish, Dutch and German Schools, visitors are encouraged to rediscover celebrated works by masters such as van Eyck, van der Weyden, Bosch, Metsys and Rubens through the eyes of this major artist of the contemporary scene.
After completing his studies at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the Institute for Decorative Arts in Antwerp, Jan Fabre launched his career in the late 1970s with provocative “actions” and “private performances”. A shining star of the Flemish new wave in the 1980s, he is above all a skilled draftsman, visual artist and designer, but also stages unusually free and unrestrained performance pieces, placing the body at the heart of his approach.

This exhibition is sponsored by Suez (www.suez.en) and Evens Foundation.

With additional support provided by the city of Antwerp and the Department of Culture, Ministry of the Flemish Community.

Exhibition media partner: Libération, France Culture, Fip, Paris Première, A nous Paris, Télérama.

Publication: Catalogue of the exhibition Jan Fabre at the Louvre. Co-published by Musée du Louvre Éditions and Gallimard.

Performance by Jan Fabre
Daru Gallery and Cour Napoleon.
This performance is made possible thanks to the support of Louis Vuitton.

Conference and screenings in the Auditorium du Louvre
Free admission subject to seating availability.
Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Jan Fabre: Drawing, Sculpture, Installation
Films of performances.
With Jan Fabre, Lorenzo Benedetti et Jan Hoet, Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, Game C, Bergame, Marta Herford, Paul Huvenne, musée des Beaux-Arts d’Anvers, Roselee Goldberg, Performa, New York, Nicola Setari, philosophe et critique d’art, Eckhard Schneider, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Philippe Van Cauteren, SMAK, Gand et Marie-Laure Bernadac
Musée du Louvre.

A selection of films of performances by Jan Fabre, ranging from the short subjects produced in the 1970s to the artist’s most recent projects, will be screened and discussed.

Organized by: Marie-Laure Bernadac, curator in charge, special advisor on contemporary art at the Louvre.
Artistic Director: Barbara de Coninck

Practical information

Place

The works are presented in the galleries of the Department of Paintings, Dutch, Flemish and German Schools, Richelieu Wing

Admission fees

Access to the exhibition is included in the purchase of an admission to the museum’s permanent collections: €9; €6 after 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Free admission for all visitors the first Sunday of each month, and for youths under 26 on Fridays after 6 p.m. on Fridays. Free admission at all times for youths under 18.