tokyo: tribute to hieronymus bosch in congo [2011-2013]

© espace louis vuitton / jérémie souteyrat

the creative output of jan fabre [1958] straddles both visual and performing arts, and it often manifests as a hybrid mix of both. known to be wildly imaginitive with a keen eye for detail, the antwerp-based artist creates intriguing artefacts, embedded in fascinating storylines and often crafted from peculiar materials. currently on display at espace louis vuitton in tokyo is tribute to hieronymus bosch in congo [2011–2013], an exhibition of a selection of fabre's mosaics, all created the shields of jewel beetles. interestingly, and here his deep interest in history kicks in, the show draws inspiration from the harsh colonial policy that his native country belgium imposed upon its colony congo in the 19th century.

fabre has represented the 'darkness' hidden behind policies such as slavery and the looting of gold and gambling that contributed to belgian civilization, using the iconic fables and lessons contained in the triptych garden of earthly delights, painted by the early netherlandish master hieronymus bosch. on display are six kaleidoscopic mosaics, in addition to four skulls and four bird sculptures – these have been recently created, to amplify the iconography of the works – and 14 large artworks with the shiny green wings of the scarab beetles [on through sep 23]. location: louis vuitton, 5-7-5 jingumae, 7th floor [harajuku].

© angelos b.v.b.a. / photography: lieven herreman