Exhibition catalogue, Do we feel with our brain and think with our heart?, Galerie Templon, Brussels (Belgium), 2014
Texts by Mélanie Rossi and Bart Verschaffel (English, French and Dutch)
Editions Galerie Templon, 2014
Hard cover, 19 x 27,5 cm
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For his first gallery exhibition in Brussels, artist Jan Fabre (born in 1958 in Antwerp) is presenting a new installation of sculptures made from white Carrara marble. The preview showing of the film Do we feel with our brain and think with our heart? is at the heart of an installation that explores the mysteries of the human brain.
As an ardent proponent of dialogue between different fields of knowledge, Jan Fabre has studied neurology for over ten years, working with a number of renowned scientists. Do we feel with our brain and think with our heart? is a dialogue between the artist and famous Italian neurobiologist Giacomo Rizzolatti, the man behind a major discovery, the mirror neurons that are the basis of the capacity for empathy.
As a romantic humanist, Fabre has turned to marble in his quest to investigate the brain, the physical counterpart of the intellect and seat of creativity. Imitation and empathy, the features that distinguish humans from animals, and human emotional and cognitive states are all themes he explores. Lobes, veins and arteries are laid bare by Fabre, who creates startling associations with objects, fruit and food used in Rizzolatti’s experiments. Those instruments
and objects appear in the new series of drawings that examines other poetic possibilities of the brain, drawn from references to art history.
“The brains Jan Fabre present are the synecdoche of all imaginable human beings. The representation of the brain is extremely receptive: we can project all individuals onto it, starting with ourselves,” points out art historian Jo Coucke.
The exhibition catalogue in three languages, French, Dutch and English, with contributions from Bart Verschaffel and Melania Rossi, will be available from 22 April 2014.