Jan Fabre, Postvogels van de Geschiedenis, 2013, Het Noordbrabants Museum, 's-Hertogenbosch. Foto Lieven Herreman

Retrospective Jan Fabre in Het Noordbrabants Museum

9 June 2016

In the summer of the Bosch Year, Het Noordbrabants Museum is presenting a major retrospective exhibition featuring Jan Fabre (1958, Antwerp). The highlight is a series of mosaic panels made up of jewel beetle wing cases entitled Tribute to Hieronymus Bosch in Congo. Using the visual language of Hieronymus Bosch, Jan Fabre focuses in this series on the brutalities of the Belgian Congo’s colonial past. The exhibition runs from 11 June to 18 September 2016.

Acquisition of The Post Birds of History

In connection with the ‘Jheronimus Bosch 500’ event, Het Noordbrabants Museum has recently purchased one of Fabre's monumental mosaic panels. This acquisition was made possible thanks to the participants in the BankGiro Loterij. The Post Birds of History is a part of the series Tribute to Hieronymus Bosch in Congo, for which Fabre was inspired by the visual language of Hieronymus Bosch. He uses Bosch's fantastic figures to depict the cruelty and absurdity of the Belgian Congo's colonial past. For Fabre the series is an examination of ‘the imagination of cruelty and the cruelty of imagination’.¹ Like his predecessor, Hieronymus Bosch, Fabre holds up a mirror to human nature: he shows us the consequences of human behaviour. Sadly, themes such as the brutality of man to man have lost none of their relevance.

Jan Fabre retrospective exhibition

The Post Birds of History  will be on show along with twenty-two other panels from the series in the exhibition, Jan Fabre – Tribute to Hieronymus Bosch in Congo. Through the use of the iridescent jewel beetle wing cases, the art works change colour and acquire a mysterious and supernatural effect. The rest of the Museum does not remain untouched by Fabre. In the Garden Gallery [Tuingalerij] he has created his own interpretation of the Garden of Earthly Delights using extraordinary bird sculptures. Fabre complements the museum’s collection of Southern Dutch masters with work from his own extensive oeuvre. He engages his 17th century predecessors and compatriots in a dialogue.

Bosch Grand Tour

This autumn Bosch and Jan Fabre maintain their presence in Het Noordbrabants Museum. Jan Fabre has designed a contemporary version on the lost tapestry 'The battle elephant', which was made after paintings by Bosch. In collaboration with the TextielMuseum, Het Noordbrabants Museum has brought the tapestry to life once more. It is on show in Het Noordbrabants Museum from 29 October 2016 to 29 January 2017. These exhibitions are part of the Bosch Grand Tour, in which seven prominent Brabant museums present a topical exhibition programme around the Hieronymus Bosch theme. For more information, go to bosch500.nl/en/the-event/bosch-grand-tour

2016 is the Bosch Year

The National Event 'Jheronimus Bosch 500', is being celebrated all year long. Visitors to the city of ’s-Hertogenbosch will be treated to a cultural manifestation with a richly varied programme for everyone interested in Hieronymus Bosch, his world and his work. The city is totally immersed in the subject of the medieval artist with festive events such as special music, dance, theatre and circus productions, exhibitions, experience trails and festivals.

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