This happened at the end of November 2004. Then I just got a passport, and my friends and I were going to celebrate the New year in “warm lands”. The choice fell on Thailand. Previously, trips there were not as common as now, and for us it seemed a real exotic. We have already chosen a tour, the money was saved. I remember that we agreed to meet at three o’clock in the afternoon near the travel Agency and finally pay for the trip. I was late, I couldn’t get ready for a long time, which is not typical of me. I was just opening the front door when the phone rang. When I picked up the phone, I heard a strangely familiar voice. He said:
“You can’t go there. Stay. Or there will be an accident.” Continue reading
A hell of a lot of wax and bronze. Horned self-portraits of Jan Fabre in the sculpture series CHAPTERS I – XVIII
The “great and terrible” Belgian Maestro Jan Fabre won fame with provocative paintings, sculptures, installations and art performances. His work is so shocking that the degree of strangeness can compete with the works of the famous Damien Hirst, but this did not prevent them from showing off in the halls of the Louvre itself, opposite the immortal masterpieces of medieval painters and sculptors. Horns and hooves, bones, blood and internal organs, insects, crosses and tombstones, skeletons, death and other devils – this is a short list of the foundations on which the extraordinary creativity of Jan Fabre is based. Well, and a part of him, of course, – it is also in every, without exception, the work of the Belgian sculptor.
One of the most emotional works is a series of strange mystical sculptures called CHAPTERS I – XVIII. Carefully and carefully, with great love and tenderness, Jan Fabre cast realistic busts in wax and bronze… with his own portrait. Continue reading