Jan FABRE

LA NUIT DE DIANE


LA NUIT DE DIANE

 

The cabinet of Diana is designed as a tribute to the protective goddess of hunting. With taut green silk velour, it was designed in the style of a jewellery box. In connection with the two paintings by Pierre Paul Rubens and Jan Bruegel, Jan Fabre, an artist from Anvers, has imagined this strange ceiling. His installation brings together six owl heads (duck, pheasant and partridge feathers) endowed with prosthetic human eyes. For the visual artist, who is also a writer and stage director, the owl – a nocturnal bird – constitutes an attribute of Diana: the goddess is indeed associated with the night, as the crescent moon that she wears on her forehead reminds us. But for him, these figures also reflect the « passage from life to death ». An artist of the ephemeral, trained at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Anvers, Jan Fabre became attached to the topic of nature very early on. He has produced several versions of this piece: one was exhibited in 2008 at the Louvre, another is permanently on display at the Musée de Flandres in Cassel. Jan Fibre’s work shows his fascination for insects or taxidermy and is similar to contemporary vanities.

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La nuit de Diane - Jan FABRE (born in 1958) - France, 2007 - Feather and glass, 200 x 200cm - Inv. 006 160

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