Jan Fabre has revisited a classic
sculpture, Michelangelo’s Pietà. This is
unprecedented. The exhibition, organised to coincide with the 54th edition of
the Venice Biennale, will feature five large, marble sculptures by the Flemish
artist. Outstanding among these is Fabre’s reinterpretation of Michelangelo’s
Pietà, entitled Merciful Dream (Pietà V), in which he has given his own face to
Christ, while Mary has the face of a skull, the symbol of death. The artist’s
intention is neither blasphemous nor provocative; this work represents a
performance sculpture that illustrates a mother’s real feelings when she yearns
to take the place of her dead son. Fabre’s symbolism is so strong that almost
blurs into realism with details reminiscent of Flemish art as well as
Michelangelo’s traditional method of expression, sculpture.

Nuova Scuola Grande di Santa Maria della Misericordia (Sestiere Cannaregio 3599
– Fondamenta della Misericordia)

June till 16th October 2011

to Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on Mondays