Jan Fabre (1958), a director and visual artist, and often a protagonist of his own works of art, regularly uses in his prolific and protean work, large quantities of coleopterons. Like most of the materials used by Fabre, coleopterons, often of exotic origin, are selected for their metaphoric as much as their purely sensual qualities. Insects, and notably coleopterons, are the subject of numerous associations of ideas and easily trigger incontrollable and spontaneous sensations.

Strategieveld (de Slag bij Gulliver)

Jan Fabre
Strategieveld (de Slag bij Gulliver), 1998
Mixed media, wax, scarabaeidae, armament
114 x 200 x 150 cm
Collection Mudam Luxembourg
Donation 2000 - KBL European Private Bankers
© Photos:  Christian Mosar

The two Champs de stratégie (La Bataille chez Gulliver and La Bataille de Saint Scarabée), dating from 1998, resemble battle field models, as if conceived by children or by military strategists from the 17th century. Real armies of Lamiinae Lamiini, a sort of coleopteron from South-East Asia, march on a wax landscape with metallic reflections, upon which fragments of medieval armor serve as a blockhouse, while a procession of beetle-rhinoceroses pass through white wax scenery in front of cruciform objects which evoke imperious globes or symbols referring to ruined churches from geographical map keys.

Strategieveld (De Slag van de Heilige Scarabee)

Jan Fabre
Strategieveld (De Slag van de Heilige Scarabee), 1998
Mixed media, wax, scarabaeidae
114 x 200 x 150 cm
Collection Mudam Luxembourg
Donation 2000 - KBL European Private Bankers
© Photos: Christian Mosar

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