Jan Fabre
Jan Fabre is a Belgian
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 multidisciplinary artist
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, playwright
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, stage director, choreographer and designer
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He studied at the Municipal Institute of Decorative Arts and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. Between 1976 and 1980 he wrote his first scripts for the theatre and made his debut performances.

Established in 1986, Troubleyn/Jan Fabre is a theatre company with extensive international operations, with its home base in Antwerp, Belgium.

From 1980 he began his career as a stage director and stage designer:
  • Theater geschreven met een K is een kater (1980),
  • Het is theater zoals te verwachten en te voorzien was ("It is Theatre as to be Expected and Foreseen", 1982),
  • De macht der theaterlijke dwaasheden ("The power of theatrical madness", Biënnale Venice 1984),
  • Das Glas im Kopf wird vom Glas (1987),
  • Prometheus
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     Landschaft’ (1988),
  • Das Interview das stirbt... (1989),
  • Der Palast um vier Uhr morgens..., A.G. (1989),
  • Die Reinkarnation Gottes (1989),
  • Das Glas im Kopf wird vom Glas (1990),
  • The Sound of one hand clapping (1990),
  • Sweet Temptations (1991),
  • She was and she is, even (1991),
  • Wie spreekt mijn gedachte ... (1992),
  • Silent Screams, Difficult Dreams(1992),
  • Vervalsing zoals ze is, onvervalst (1992),
  • Da un’altra faccia del tempo (1993),
  • Quando la terra si rimette in movimento (1995),
  • Three Dance-solos (1995),
  • A dead normal woman(1995),
  • Universal Copyrights 1 & 9 (1995),
  • De keizer van het verlies (1996),
  • The very seat of honour (1997),
  • Body, Body on the wall (1997),
  • Glowing Icons (1997),
  • The Pick-wick-man (1997),
  • Ik ben jaloers op elke zee…(1997),
  • The fin comes a little bit earlier this siècle (But business as usual)(1998),
  • Het nut van de nacht (1999),
  • As long as the world needs a warrior’s soul (2000),
  • My movements are alone like streetdogs (2000),
  • Je suis Sang (conte de fées médiéval) (2001),
  • Het zwanenmeer (2002),
  • Swanlake (2002),
  • Parrots & guinea pigs (2002),
  • Je suis sang(2003),
  • Angel of death (2003),
  • Tannhäuser (co-production)' (2004)
  • Elle était et elle est, meme (2004),
  • Etant donnés (2004),
  • Quando L'Uomo principale è una donna (2004),
  • The crying body (2004),
  • The King of Plagiarism (2005),
  • History of Tears (2005),
  • I am a Mistake (2007),
  • Requiem für eine Metamorphose (2007),
  • Another Sleepy Dusty Delta Day (2008),
  • Orgy of Tolerance (2009)
  • The Servant of Beauty, 2010
  • Prometheus–Landscape II (2011)

Fabre is famous for his Bic-art (ballpoint drawings). In 1990, he covered an entire building with ballpoint drawings.

He explores the relationships between drawing and sculpture. He also makes sculptures in bronze (among them The man who measures the clouds and Searching for Utopia
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) and with beetles.

His decoration of the ceiling of the Royal Palace in Brussels Heaven of Delight (made out of one million six hundred thousand jewel-scarab wing cases) is widely praised. In 2004 he erected Totem, a giant bug stuck on a 70 foot steel needle, on the Ladeuzeplein
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 in Leuven
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In 2008, Jan Fabre's The Angel of Metamorphosis exhibition was held at the Louvre Museum.

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