Jan Fabre. Red Gold

The world-famous Belgian artist Jan Fabre returns to Naples with a new project involving four places of great prestige: the Museum and Real Bosco di Capodimonte, the church of the Pio Monte della Misericordia, the Madre Museum and the Studio Trisorio gallery.

Jan Fabre. Red Gold
Gold and coral sculptures, drawings of blood.
Museum and Real Bosco di Capodimonte
Via Miano 2, Naples
30 March – 15 September 2019

Jan Fabre. The man holding up the cross.
Pio Monte della Misericordia
Via dei Tribunali 253, Naples
30 March – 30 September 2019

Jan Fabre. Tribute to Hieronymus Bosch in the Congo.
Studio Trisorio
Riviera di Chiaia 215, Naples
29 March – 30 September 2019

Jan Fabre. The man who measures the clouds
Mother Museum
Via Luigi Settembrini 79, Naples
30 March – 30 September 2019

At the Museum and Real Bosco di Capodimonte, the artist will exhibit a group of works in dialogue with a special selection of works of art from the museum’s permanent collection and from other Neapolitan museum institutions.The exhibition, entitled Oro Rosso. Sculptures of gold and coral, drawings of blood, curated by Stefano Causa together with Blandine Gwizdala, will open on March 30th and will see gold sculptures and blood drawings created by the artist from the seventies to the present, as well as a new and surprising series of sculptures in red coral, made specifically for Capodimonte.

Fabre’s works will enter into dialogue with some pictorial masterpieces and splendid objects of decorative art from the Renaissance, Mannerist and Baroque periods selected by Stefano Causa; as the editor himself says: “Fabre tells, in a language not too different, a story of incessant metamorphoses; of materials that change destination and function; a story of bodily blood and moods, deceptions and sense traps; precious stones, corals and scarabs, come out as rain from the remains of an Egyptian tomb, fragments of armor, sequences of numbers and quotations from the Scriptures, inside a centrifugal universe of signs … which, sometimes, becomes an undergrowth in which to lower oneself with the brushes of a Flemish still life specialist ”.

On display, the golden sculptures by Jan Fabre give precious body to the artist’s ideas on creation, art and its relationship with the great masters of the past. In the drawings of blood instead we find the deepest motivations of the artist, his experiments, his poetic, physical, intimate manifesto.”The blood today is gold” – says Jan Fabre – and in the exhibition at the Capodimonte Museum, the artist stages an entire universe of symbols that speak of art and beauty, of strength and fragility of the human race, of the cycle continuous life-death-rebirth.

The coral was called “red gold”, due to its preciousness and its apotropaic value. As the art critic Melania Rossi writes in the exhibition catalog published by Electa: “The ten new red coral sculptures that the Belgian master created for his personal exhibition at the Capodimonte museum seem a treasure coming from the depths of the mind of the artist. Concretions that make you think of fanciful coral reefs take on some of the most expensive forms of Fabre: skulls, anatomical hearts, crosses, swords and daggers. In turn, then, dotted with images and signs that allude to other meanings and other stories, in a continuous cycle of connections to create ancient hybrids between nature and symbol, new idols between past and future “.



Opening Date: 29-mar-2019
Closing Date: 30-sep-2019
Schedule: Thu – Tue 8:30 – 19:30
For Information: +39 081 7499111
E-mail: mu-cap@beniculturali.it

Location: Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte and other location

Address: via Miano 2

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