Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Man Who Measures the Clouds

The Man Who Measures the Clouds by Jan Fabre, Arengario of Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Florence
“The Man Who Measures the Clouds” by Jan Fabre, 1998
Arengario of Palazzo Vecchio
Piazza della Signoria
Florence, May 2016

“Both indoor and open-air, there are Fabre’s many faces and incarnations: the warrior, the knight, the philosopher, the worm and the beetle. Some of his self-portraits laugh at the human condition; some others are looking at the sky, sheltering from the rain, trying to light a cigarette. Many have horns and animal features. The ‘guards’ who name the entire project are, in fact, the small army of bronze beetles who stand on the bastions in defense of the fort, Fabre’s ‘angels of metamorphosis.’”

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