Berlinde De Bruyckere is the subject of an exhibition at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo from 1 November 2019 – 15 March 2020.
Working with casts made of wax, animal skins, hair, textiles, metal and wood, Berlinde De Bruyckere renders haunting distortions of organic forms. The vulnerability and fragility of man, the suffering body – both human and animal – and the overwhelming power of nature are some of the core motifs of De Bruyckere’s oeuvre.
For this exhibition, the artist has an intense narrative culminate into a large, environmental installation. In the words of the artist, “At this moment in time, where extremism and racism proliferate, where compassion and solidarity have withered, where we see so many resemblances to the restlessness of the late ’30s that preceded the unspeakable monstrosities of the Holocaust, where this particular defamation of civilization is being questioned and denied by people with too much political power, I feel the need to bring bold, strong images – to bring this room to the audience as a sensory, immersive experience.”