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Berlinde De Bruyckere in Melbourne and Istanbul

by Suzanne on July 22nd, 2012

019 by Berlinde De Bruyckere, 2007, wax, epoxy, metal, glass, wood, blankets, 293.5 x 517 x 77.5 cm, Collection Claude Berri © Andri Stadler- click to enlarge

I've often raved about Berlinde's art on here - in fact, her work even invades my everyday life as arty backdrop - so I'll spare you the superlatives but instead just want to make you aware that if you're Melbourne-based, you now have less than a week left to catch her fascinating We Are All Flesh show at the ACCA.

In case you were wondering: Yes, Berlinde did have a show with the same title three years ago at Hauser & Wirth in London but it seems that different and lots of newly commissioned works are on display in Melbourne.

If you're not yet familiar with her work, the 15-minute interview below offers a great introduction into her vision, process and technique but of course will neither replace the olfactory, visceral and epidermic qualities of the wax, skin, hair and fabrics she uses for her sculptures, nor explain the necrophiliac alchemistic ways in which she can turn branches into limbs, tree trunks into fresh corpses by masterfully applying an organic colour palette (pinks for skin, off-white for adipose tissue, greys/greens/blues for the circulatory system) onto wax with which she can control, halt and synthesise transformation, decay, death.

If you're not in Australia but in.. who knows.. Turkey, you can also catch her Wound show at the ARTER Space for Art in Istanbul until August 26 where she has inspired Vincent Dunoyer to dance Bruyckeresque choreographies in the exhibition space surrounded by her sculptures.

Details for the Istanbul show can be found here. The information below is for the ACCA exhibition.

On show: Jun 2 - Jul 29, 2012

Address: ACCA, 111 Sturt Street, Southbank, Melbourne, Victoria 3006, Australia, tel: +61 3 9697 9999, email: info@accaonline.org.au | Map

Hours: Tue - Fri: 10 AM - 5 PM, Sat - Sun: 11 AM - 6 PM, Mon: By appointment

Admission: FREE

Press release

WurzelForum discussion

Berlinde De Bruyckere at Hauser & Wirth, New York

by Suzanne on February 25th, 2011

Wezen by Berlinde De Bruyckere, 2003/04, WON'T BE ON SHOW - click to enlarge

If I've learnt one thing in life it's that Berlinde De Bruyckere (previously featured here) monographs make for very shitty camouflage in the urban wilderness.

Her works, on the other hand, are per se camouflaged to such perfection that the uninitiated audience might get a strong sense of the uncanny when approaching her olfactory wax work installations. And it's that feeling of general unease that makes her exhibitions so memorable.

I am therefore thrilled to hear that my ex-employer Hauser & Wirth will show her new works in a solo show entitled Into One-Another To P.P.P (dedicated to Pier Paolo Pasolini) opening this coming Tuesday in NYC. Don't miss this.

Into One-Another / To P.P.P. (detail) by Berlinde De Bruyckere, wax, epoxy, iron, wood, glass, 2010 - click to enlarge

Opening reception: Mar 1, 2011, 6 - 8 PM

On show: Mar 1 - Apr 23, 2011

Address: Hauser & Wirth New York, 32 East 69th Street, New York, NY 10021, USA | Map

Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 10 AM - 6 PM

Preview | Press release (PDF)

by suzanne_tumblr on September 4th, 2009

© Berlinde de Bruyckere

I sometimes wish I was still working for Hauser & Wirth. They do have one of the greatest collections on this planet. Probably even in this star system.

by suzanne_tumblr on September 4th, 2009


art-it:margartia: Chiharu Shiota, Zustand des Seins / State of Being (Trauma / Alltag). 2008.

These are fucking beautiful - I can’t believe I missed this show (I’m particularly fond of “In Silence” which painfully reminds me of playing Felix Mendelssohn’s “Songs Without Words” on the piano. I miss my piano.)

I think they would look great in a joint exhibition with Berlinde de Bruyckere’s sculptures. I wish I was a curator.

Berlinde De Bruyckere's 'We Are All Flesh' at Hauser & Wirth, London

by Suzanne on April 3rd, 2009

We Are All Flesh by Berlinde De Bruyckere, 2009

Berlinde de Bruyckere is one of those artists it took me forever to warm up to.

I first quite literally bumped into her sculptures back when I worked at the lofty Hauser & Wirth in Zurich and the waxy smell and creepy texture of her works always left me feeling terribly uncomfortable. But her sculptures kept haunting me and over time, I began to see her artistic genius and today, I'm an ardent lover of her oeuvre.

We Are All Flesh by Berlinde De Bruyckere, 2009

I introduced her work to Alex in Lucerne on one perfect autumn day in 2007 and followed her career ever since - devouring all the information I could gather.

Now, the London division of my previous employer is presenting Berlinde's olfactory work in conjunction with oil paintings by the Baroque Neapolitan artist Luca Giordano (works courtesy of P. & D. Colnaghi & Co. Ltd.) in a show entitled We Are All Flesh.

Looks yummy!

On show: April 2 - May 2, 2009

Hours: Mon - Sat: 10 AM - 6 PM | Closed over Easter (April 10 - 13)

Address: Hauser & Wirth London, 15 Old Bond Street, London, W1S 4AX, UK | Map

List of works | Installation views | Press release