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Palazzo Vecchio/ Piazza Della Signoria/ Forte Di Belvedere

Magazine article Sculpture

Palazzo Vecchio/ Piazza Della Signoria/ Forte Di Belvedere

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Florence

Jan Fabre

Through October 2, 2016

Artist, playwright, and stage director, Fabre explores the border between reality and dreams, creating fantasy works that frequently descend into nightmare. His bizarre mix of animal and human metamorphoses, unusual and uncanny materials (particularly jewel beetle wings), and eye for the theatrical tableau reveal a world difficult to measure by conventional artistic standards. His installations range from the stunningly gorgeous to the chillingly disturbing-effects made all the more visceral by a seamless interlocking of borrowed and experienced images. "Spiritual Guards" features more than 100 bronze and wax sculptures, as well as performance works, including two new commissions. Installed within three centers of Florentine political power-contested sites defined, appropriated, and redefined during the struggles between the republic and the Medici oligarchy-Fabre's mythical creations, from medieval visions to contemporary capitalist illusions, from quasireligious fanatics to post-scientific skeptics, find a sympathetic home in the remnants of a world where symbolism pulsated with the power to dictate reality. …

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