Berlinde De Bruyckere

In the Flesh

15.02.-12.05.2013 10:00-17:00

Opening: February 14, 2013
Curated by: Katrin Bucher Trantow

Duration: February 15–May 12, 2013, Space01

The body as evidence of our existence, as a witness to ourselves, is a shell to all that makes us move. 
Flemish artist Berlinde De Bruyckere (*1964 in Ghent, lives and works in Ghent) is one of those contemporary female sculptors who explores inner and outer spaces in connection with this witness, and in so doing plumbs the finality of the body as a perceptible counterpart. The creatures a combination of unusual elements that are found in a state of metamorphosis are hermaphrodite forms that evoke complex emotions and reflect images of a both humanistic and at the same time art-historical investigation of suffering.


As a dialogue with the fluidity of the space of the Kunsthaus the solo exhibition by the Venice Biennale representative of the Belgian Pavilion 2013 concentrates on the topic of metamorphosis and shows sculptures as well as watercolors from recent years. In this confrontation the show questions our knowledge of existence and finds an enduring sculptural language of empathy.


The work Doornenkroon III has been assigned a special
place: hidden, accessible only via a tour, it stands in the Baroque St. Benedict Chapel in Raubergasse, Graz. 
Special tours in German at the Kunsthaus Graz and St. Benedict Chapel on Sundays at 11am ; € 2,50 (excl. admission), meeting point: Kunsthaus foyer


Sculpture has been a key, constantly recurring theme at the Kunsthaus Graz since its beginnings. It is reflected in exhibitions such as Sol LeWitt, Wall (2004), Liz Larner in dialogue with Austrian painter Maria Lassnig (2006), the group exhibition Life? Biomorphic Forms in Sculpture (2009) or the solo exhibition of work by sculptor Michael Kienzer (2012). The upstairs exhibition area – with 800m² of floor space – is predestined for an investigation of three-dimensional form and offers room for experimentation.


catalogue appears to accompany the exhibtion.

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