Jan Fabre- Glass and Bone Sculptures

Jan Fabre

Glass and Bone sculptures

1977-2017

 

An exhibition in the Biennale that stood out was that of Jan Fabre, a multi-disciplinary Belgian artist, whose work filled the rooms of the former abbey of San Gregorio.  Made of glass and bone, his sculptures included birds in the rafters and carefully positioned animal skeletons in the mouths of glass skulls.

I have included this exhibition in my contextualisation as an example of layout rather than concept, the work involved the whole building so the positioning of several pieces were of note.  Displayed on the ground floor were a collection of glass sculptures and real animal skeletons cordoned off from the spectator. Whether this was for safety purposes or not, it directs the viewer and limits the audiences interaction with the work.

The glass pigeons were also interesting for their positioning in the rafters.

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