BERLINDE DE BRUYCKERE ::
BIOPSIES OF ART

Berlinde De Bruyckere loves to create in the public a peculiar unrest, able to take you by the hand through a maze of intimate reflections. Behind the feelings of deep disgust that you have by seeing animals’ bodies deprived of limbs, and the flesh that seems alive, the Belgian artist hides the drama of death, but which can tell a miraculous metamorphosis.
June is definitely her month, by seeing her as protagonist at ACCA – Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne, with the exhibition We are all Flesh, at Arter in Istanbul, for her first solo show in Turkey, The Wound, and simultaneously at De Pont – Museum of Contemporary Art of Tilburg (Netherlands), for the retrospective Innocence is precisely: never to avoid the worst, with Philippe Vandenberg.
The vulnerability of the human body is projected in her sculptures, revealing an ability that resembles morbid precision of a chemist which collects his experiments inside the ampoules, after have examined, dissected. In one of the cases of We are all Flesh, she traps huge tree branches that take human form, and she frees intertwined bodies whose features, conversely, are indistinguishable and could potentially be equine torsos or human stripped bones, or also old and tired plants. Even the formation of the artist tells about the quality of her work, never simple, generated by the love for the great masters of art and the endless days spent in libraries. Berlinde could be an old and dusty doctor of a noir novel, instead, she is an experimenter of materials, and a profound scholar of human frailties.

Ilaria Giordano
14.06.2012

WE ARE ALL FLESH
Berlinde De Bruyckere solo show
ACCA – Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
Sturt Street, 111
web: www.accaonline.org.au

Melbourne, until July 29, 2012

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THE WOUND
Berlinde De Bruyckere solo show
ARTER – Space for Art
Istiklal Cad., 211
web: www.arter.org.tr

Istanbul, from June 21 to August 26, 2012

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INNOCENCE IS PRECISELY: NEVER TO AVOID 
Philippe Vandenberg & Berlinde De Bruyckere
Wilhelminapark, 1
web: www.depont.nl

Tilburg (Olanda), from June 30 to October 28, 2012