M HKA gaat digitaal

Met M HKA Ensembles zetten we onze eerste échte stappen in het digitale landschap. Ons doel is met behulp van nieuwe media de kunstwerken nog beter te kaderen dan we tot nu toe hebben kunnen doen.

We geven momenteel prioriteit aan smartphones en tablets, m.a.w. de in-museum-ervaring. Maar we zijn evenzeer hard aan het werk aan een veelzijdige desktop-versie. Tot het zover is vind je hier deze tussenversie.

M HKA goes digital

Embracing the possibilities of new media, M HKA is making a particular effort to share its knowledge and give art the framework it deserves.

We are currently focusing on the experience in the museum with this application for smartphones and tablets. In the future this will also lead to a versatile desktop version, which is now still in its construction phase.

Jan Fabre

©image: M HKA

° 1958

Born in Antwerp (BE), works in Antwerp (BE), lives in Antwerp (BE).

The Antwerp visual artist and theatre maker Jan Fabre (b. 1958) is a multidisciplinary artistic phenomenon. He is an energetic performer who explores the limits of theatrical admissibility, and he is a dedicated visual artist who creates a universe with insects, scarabs and bic-drawings that abounds with mystical references, metamorphoses and personifications. Urges, desires, beauty and mortality are recurring themes, both on stage and in his visual work. The extent to which two blend together is already apparent in the 1978 performance "My body, my blood, my landscape": on stage, the artist carves into his own body and makes his first blood drawings on the spot. In the following years, he creates wedding dresses with green-blue beetles, inks night blue bic-drawings and makes gilded sculptures of animals and skulls. Fabre fantasises, glorifies and brandishes, yet hidden behind the dazzling beauty displayed, there is always a different world, a bloody and animalesque underworld. The figures that appear in his work are often angels, warriors, skeletons and animals. They are disguised messengers who emerge from the past to remind us of decay and destruction, of blood and suffering, of the animal in man and the human in the animal.

Text: Hans Willemse
Translations: Michael Meert



>Jan Fabre, Homage to Bas Jan Ader, 1976.Performance, 46:00:00.

>Jan Fabre, You have to take everything seriously but not tragically, 1976.Painting, oil on panel, 52.3 x 73 cm.

>Jan Fabre, You have to take everything seriously but not tragically, 1976.Performance, 00:10:00.

>Jan Fabre, Window Performance, 1977.Performance, 07:00:00.

>Jan Fabre, Long Street of Images - Jan Fabre Street, 1977.Performance, 00:50:00.

>Jan Fabre, Window Performance, 1977.Photography, photo print, 63 x 93 cm.

>Jan Fabre, 9 Insectenobjecten, 1977-1979.Installation, 90 x 130 x 65 cm.

>Jan Fabre, Een mug / Vampier op mijn bloed, 1978.Drawing, blood, pencil on paper, 21 x 29.7 cm.

>Jan Fabre, Tea-Bag Room, 1978.Installation, tea bags, black & white photographic paper, water, variable dimensions.

>Jan Fabre, Action: The Essential Multiple, 1978.Performance, during the opening of the exhibition.

>Jan Fabre, Zeno X (performance with my turtoises Janneke & Mieke), 1978.Book, indian ink on paper, 32 x 22.5 cm.

>Jan Fabre, Zeno X (performance with my tortoises Janneke & Mieke), 1978-1981.Performance, 04:00:00.

>Jan Fabre, Nose Laboratory / Project for Nocturnal Territory, 1978-1979.Performance, several nights.

>Jan Fabre, Vincent van Gogh - Jan Fabre house, 1978.Performance, 00:50:00.

>Jan Fabre, My body, my blood, my landscape (Series), 1978.Drawing, blood on paper, 21 x 29.7 cm.

>Jan Fabre, My body, my blood, my landscape, 1978.Performance, several days.

>Jan Fabre, Burglaries & Street Fights, 1978.Performance, various duration.

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>Jan Fabre, Art Love - Jan Fabre - Luc Vermeulen - Frits Francken Gallery (T.W.C.), 1978.Print, 50 x 26 cm.

>Jan Fabre, De Heilige Pillendraaier [The Dung Beetle], 1978.Drawing, pencil, ink, paper, 16 x (24.5 x 31.8 cm).

>Jan Fabre, Ik, aan het dromen [Me, Dreaming], 1978.Sculpture, mannequin, plaster, clothes, smoked meat, table, chair, microscope, nails, thumbnails, table; 70x 50 x 80 cm, chair; 140 x 50 x 40 cm; figure; 160 x 50 x 100 cm, microscope; 20 x 10 x 10 cm.

>Jan Fabre, Tea-Bag Room, 1979.Object, wood, tea bags, synthetic resin, rope, cement, clay and tea, 55.5 x 38 x 37 cm.

>Jan Fabre, Galerij Workshop/Buried (Homage to Pieter Engels), 1979.Poster, ink on paper, 48 x 38.5 cm.

>Pieter Engels, Jan Fabre, Burried (Hommage to Pieter Engels), 1979.Performance, 00:30:00.

>Jan Fabre, Money Performance, 1979.Performance, 00:50:00.

>Jan Fabre, Action: Cleaning the Museum, 1979.Performance, 00:40:00.

>Jan Fabre, Action: Bic Art Propaganda, 1979.Performance, several months.

>Jan Fabre, Bic-dweilen [Bic Rags], 1979-2006.Installation, textile, 70 x 56 cm.

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>Jan Fabre, Koop bij Jan Fabre, 1979.Print, 63,5 x 50 cm.

>Jan Fabre, Fantasie-insecten-sculpturen [Imaginary-insect-sculptures], 1979.Installation, spiders, abacus, shell-cocoon , 130 x 65 x 90 cm.

>Jan Fabre, Project voor Nachtelijk Grondgebied, 1979.Drawing, pencil, paper, 14 x (38.3 x 30.7 cm).

>Jan Fabre, Action: Thee-kater [Tea-hangover], 1980.Performance, 00:10:00.

>Jan Fabre, American Works and Window Performance, 1980.Performance, 03:00:00.

>Jan Fabre, The Creative Hitler Act, 1980.Mixed Media, blackboard, chalk, sponge and scraps of newspaper, 57.5 x 20.5 x 50 cm.

>Jan Fabre, The Creative Hitler Act, 1980.Performance, 01:00:00.

>Jan Fabre, The Killing of J.F.K., 1980.Performance, 00:10:00.

>Jan Fabre, After Art (Series), 1980.Drawing, bic ballpoint pen on paper, 14 x 21 cm.

>Jan Fabre, After Art, 1980.Performance, 00:34:00.

>Jan Fabre, Sea-Salt of the Fields, 1980.Performance, 00:34:00.

>Jan Fabre, Ilad of the Bic Art, 1980.Performance, 20:00:00.

>Jan Fabre, Bic Art Print: Dali - Ilad, 1980.Mixed Media, bic ballpoint pen on photograph, 23.8 x 18 cm.

>Jan Fabre, Bic Art Print: Bic lips, 1980.Drawing, bic ink on paper, 14.2 x 7.2 cm.

>Jan Fabre, Action: Bic Art Prints, 1980.Performance, 02:00:00.

>Jan Fabre, Money (Art) in Culture, 1980.Performance, 00:40:00.

>Jan Fabre, The Rea(dy)-make of the Money Performance, 1980.Performance, 00:50:00.

>Jan Fabre, Fonteintje [Fountain], 1980-1982.Video, 00:05:00.

>Jan Fabre, Zelfwurging [Self-strangulation], 1980-1982.Video.

>Jan Fabre, De zak, aka Struisvogel met sarmazak [The bag, aka Ostrich with sarma bag], 1980-1982.Video.

>Jan Fabre, 8mm Films, 1980-1982.Video.

>Jan Fabre, After Art, no Image only Smell, 1980.Installation.

>Jan Fabre, The Rea(dy) Made of the Performance Money, 1980.Video, 00:07:13.

>Jan Fabre, Bill us later, 1981-1982.Other.

>Jan Fabre, Bill us later, 1981-1982.Performance, over several years.

>Jan Fabre, Homo Fabere: This ain't work this is evolution, 1981.Other, music casette, 6 x 10 cm.

>Jan Fabre, Music Performances: Homo Fabere: This ain't work this is evolution, 1981.Performance, 01:20:00.

>Jan Fabre, T.Art, 1981.Performance, 01:00:00.

>Jan Fabre, Art as a Gamble, Gamble as an Art, 1981.Performance, 00:50:00.

>Jan Fabre, Ilad of the Bic Art, the Bic Art Room, 1981.Performance, 3 days and 3 nights.

>Jan Fabre, Tower of Silent Words (with Jacob's Golden Ladder) (I), 1981.Mixed Media, wood, stone and gold leaf, 21 x 30 x 30 cm.

>Jan Fabre, Tower of Silent Words (with Jacob's Golden Ladder) (II), 1981.Mixed Media, wood, stone and gold leaf, 21 x 30 x 30 cm.

>Jan Fabre, Performance X ... Art as a Cultivated Boredom, 1981.Performance.

>Jan Fabre, Jan Fabre - Homo Fabere, 1981.Book, ink, paper, 29.7 x 20.8 cm, 57p, language : Dutch, English, authors : Katrien De Meurichy, Georges Goffin, Chris Dercon & Jan Fabre, publisher : Cultureel Centrum 'Ter Dilft', Bornem.

>Jan Fabre, Avant Grade, 1981.Installation, ivory, pencil, 117 x 10 cm.

>Jan Fabre, Maandstonden van Gerda, 1982.Drawing, blood, pencil on paper, 27.5 x 21.5 cm.

>Jan Fabre, It is Kill or Cure, 1982.Performance, 01:00:00.

>Jan Fabre, We went uptown and let us tell you, it was fantastic, 1982.Performance, 2 evenings a week.

>Jan Fabre, Television action: The Emperor's New Clothes, 1984.Performance, 00:10:00.

>Jan Fabre, Owl, 1987.Sculpture, bic ink, glass, 42 x 16 x 17 cm.

>Jan Fabre, The Scheldt (Hey, what a pleasant madness!) (Series), 1987.Drawing, watercolour and bic ballpoint pen on paper, 21 x 29.5 cm.

>Jan Fabre, Ich bin ein Skelettman, 1988.Performance, 00:20:00.

>Jan Fabre, The Scheldt (Hey, what a pleasant madness!), 1988.Performance, 00:10:00.

>Jan Hoet, Jan Fabre, A Gambling battle between a curator and an artist , 1991.Performance, 03:00:00.

>Jan Fabre, Dung Beetle with Frog's Legs, 1993.Mixed Media, soil, wood, dung beetle and frog's legs, 22 x 80 x 60.5 cm.

>Jan Fabre, Mur de la montée des anges, 1993.Installation, chicken wire, jewel beetles, 142 x 53 cm.

>Jan Fabre, Rorschacht, 1995.Drawing, bic, paper, 20 x 30 cm.

>Ilya & Emilia Kabakov , Jan Fabre, A masterpiece on vertical piano (Homage to Walter Marchetti), 1996.Performance, 00:30:00.

>Jan Fabre, Jan Fabre - Passage, 1997.Book, ink, paper, 30.5 x 24.5 cm, 95 p., language : Dutch, English, publisher : Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerpen.

>Jan Fabre, Action: The Man Measuring the Clouds, 1997-2000.Performance, various.

>Ilya & Emilia Kabakov , Jan Fabre, A Meeting / Vstrecha (The Mystery of Art) (series), 1997.Drawing, colour pencil, watercolour and indian ink on paper, 14 x (34.5 x 27 cm).

>Ilya & Emilia Kabakov , Jan Fabre, A Meeting / Vstrecha, 1997.Performance, 00:35:00.

>Jan Fabre, The Man Measuring the Clouds (Model for the roof of deSingel and the S.M.A.K.) , 1998.Prototype, wood, textile, wax, stone, clay and cement, 25 x 20.5 x 20 com .

>Jan Fabre, The Man Measuring the Clouds, 1998.Drawing, hb pencil on paper, 29.5 x 21 cm.

>Martin Brendell, Ian Gauld, Dick Vane-Wright, Rory Post, Martin Hall, Jan Fabre, A Consilience , 2000.Performance, 00:36:00.

>Jan Fabre, Sanguis / Mantis, 2001.Performance, 05:00:00.

>Peter Sloterdijk, Dietmar Kamper, Jan Fabre, The Problem (Homage to Dietmar Kamper), 2001.Performance, 00:30:00.

>Jan Fabre, Parrots and guinea pigs, 2003.Performance, 00:30:00.

>Marina Abramović, Jan Fabre, Virgin / Warrior, 2004.Performance, 05:00:00.

>Jan Fabre, Lancelot, 2004.Performance, 04:00:00.

>Jan Fabre, Homage to Stephen Hawking, 2007.Prototype, silicone, paint, stainless steel, rubber, 16 x 28 x 28 cm.

>Jan Fabre, Is the brain the most sexy part of the body?, 2007.Performance.

>Jan Fabre, Art kept me out of jail (Homage to Jacques Mesrine), 2008.Print, 60 x 40 cm.

>Jan Fabre, Art kept me out of jail (Homage to Jacques Mesrine), 2008.Performance, 04:00:00.

>Jan Fabre, To Bring an End to the Royal Judgement and the Judgement of God (Homage to Antonin Artaud), 2009.Performance, 00:31:00.

>Jan Fabre, I am the shame pole, 2010.Performance, 00:32:00.

>Jan Fabre, Do we feel with our brain and think with our heart?, 2012.Sculpture, silicone, paint, fabric, hair, polymer, 34,5 x 29 x 24 cm.

>Jan Fabre, Do we feel with our brain and think with our heart?, 2013.Performance.

>Jan Fabre, Jan Fabre - Stigmata (Actions & Performances 1976-2013), 2014.Book, ink, paper, 30.4 x 21.8 cm, 647 p., language : English, publisher : Skira Editore S.p.A., Milano, ISBN : 9788857221243.

>Jan Fabre, Jan Fabre - Stigmata (Acties & Performances 1976-2013) - Nederlands addendum, 2015.Book, ink, paper, 29.7 x 21 cm, 67 p., language : Dutch, publisher : Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerpen.

>Jan Fabre, Red Lines Performance.Photography, photo print, 193.5 x 131.5 cm.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: ENCLOSED. 21 May 2021 - 03 October 2021.

> Exhibition: EXTRA MUROS: Visite Diest. 27 November 2014 - 21 December 2014.

> Exhibition: Jan Fabre – Homo Faber. 13 May 2006 - 15 August 2006.

> Exhibition: Jan Fabre – Passage. 12 September 1997 - 02 November 1997.

> Exhibition: Jan Fabre – Stigmata, Actions & Performances 1976-2013. 24 April 2015 - 26 July 2015.

> Exhibition: JAN FABRE. STIGMATA. Actions & Performances 1976 - 2013. 16 October 2013 - 16 February 2014.

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> Exhibition: Kunstwerk van de maand 2015. 01 January 2015 - 31 December 2015.

> Exhibition: Les Nouvelles Folies françaises. 19 June 2013 - 14 October 2013.

> Exhibition: Sanguine/Bloedrood. Luc Tuymans on Baroque. 01 June 2018 - 16 September 2018.

> Exhibition: The Collection. 28 April 2017 - 31 December 2021.

> Exhibition: The collection XXXIII – The Collection as a Character. 07 June 2013 - 22 September 2013.

> Exhibition: The collection XXX – The Museum of Forgotten History, with intervention by Maarten Vanden Eynde. 29 June 2012 - 16 September 2012.

> Exhibition: The Eightees – A Decade of Extremes. 17 June 2016 - 18 September 2016.

> Exhibition: Urgent Conversations Athens - Antwerp. 31 October 2016 - 05 February 2017.

> Exhibition: Visite Herentals - Reflections. 13 October 2012 - 04 November 2012.

> Exhibition: Visite - Kunstenparcours 'Touching Textiles'. 28 September 2013 - 13 October 2013.

> Exhibition: Visite Roeselare – The Green Line. 05 May 2016 - 19 June 2016.

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> Exhibition: Visite Schoten. 15 October 2011 - 25 November 2011.

> Exhibition: When Faith Moves Mountains. 17 July 2022 - 09 October 2022.

> Exhibition: Worth Fighting For. 14 November 2022 - 14 December 2022.

> Ensemble: actie.


> Ensemble: Artist Books.

> Ensemble: Audiodescriptie - De Collectie.

> Ensemble: Bic-Art.

> Ensemble: Bloed [Blood].

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> Ensemble: Catastrophe and The Relevance of Art.

> Ensemble: Collectie Vlaamse Gemeenschap.


> Ensemble: Gangsters en metamorfose [Gangsters and Metamorphosis].

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> Ensemble: kunstenaarsboeken uit de jaren '80 [artists' books from the 80s].

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> Ensemble: Me, Dreaming.


> Ensemble: Money en de kunstwereld [Money and the art world].

> Ensemble: NUCLEUS.

> Ensemble: The Collection.

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> Ensemble: The Space of Grounded Imagination.

> Ensemble: Wetenschap & Experiment [Science & Experiment].

> Ensemble: Worth Fighting For.