Biographical Notes
Jan Fabre

Jean Fabre was born in Antwerp (Belgium) on December 14, 1958.

Singer, choreographer, theatre director and stage designer.

In Venice in the prestigious headquarters of the Scuola Grande della Misericordia, cinqye large sculptures are exhibited in amrmo, including an original reinterpretation of the Pietà by Michelangelo. entitled "Compassionate Dream" (Pità V) in which Critsot has the face of the artist himself and Madonna has that din skull, symbol of death.

From the formal point of view, Fabre uses the brain, already protagonist in contemporary exhibition at the Venice Biennial. As in 2007 with "Anthropology of a Planet" and in 2009 with "From the Feet to the Brain", this organ-anatomically placed at the top of the human body-continues to play a central role of the Edition "Pietas" in 2011.
(reported in the official brochure of the exhibition)

All sculptures are forms of piety through the feelings of compassion and conciliation.

All five sculptures are placed on a golden platform which can be accessed (after wearing a pair of slippers, made available, to perform the rite sacral vision), on foot-stage and become so actor among the 5 white sculptures whose theme "life-death-resurrection" relates to the eternal metamorphosis.
For this reason, Fabre placed 10 nests, one per column-covered shells "jewel beetle", the animal symbol of metamorphosis, sacred to the ancient Egyptians and the artist himself.
(reported in the official brochure of the exhibition)

The exhibition was held from June 1th to October 16th, 2011
Venice - Scuola Grande della Misericordia - Sestriere Cannaregio, 3599 - Tel. +39 041 25873365