Jan Fabre “Tribute to Hieronymus Bosch in Congo (2011‐2013)”

Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo

poster for Jan Fabre “Tribute to Hieronymus Bosch in Congo (2011‐2013)”
[Image: "The Art of the Colonies" 2013 Jewel beetle wing-cases on wood 227,5 x 173 x 8,1 cm Photographer : Lieven Herreman Copyright : Angelos bvba]

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Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo is delighted to welcome world-renowned contemporary Belgian artist Jan Fabre for its 13th exhibition, entitled Tribute to Hieronymus Bosch in Congo (2011–2013), in which the artist will show for the first time in Japan an eminent selection of mosaics with the shields of jewel beetles.

This exhibition draws its inspiration from the harsh colonial policy Fabre’s homeland of Belgium imposed upon Congo in the 19th century. Fabre has represented the “darkness” hidden behind policies such as slavery and the looting of gold and gambling that contributed to Belgian civilization, using the fables and lessons contained in the triptych Garden of Earthly Delights, painted by the early Netherlandish master Hieronymus Bosch.

Six kaleidoscopic mosaics from Tribute to Hieronymus Bosch in Congo (2011-2013) are complemented with four skulls and four bird sculptures, recently created, to amplify the iconography of the works. A total of 14 artworks with the shiny green wings of the scarab beetle reflect the light shining into the glass cube of Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo and transform it into a space that displays not only the superficial beauty of the artworks but also a deep darkness hidden behind them.



from July 09, 2015 to September 23, 2015


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