Daniel Templon has been around for a long time, almost fifty years actually, and he has never stopped surprising us. In the 70’s he was smart enough to open rue Beaubourg across the street from the brand new Pompidou Center, and he immediately became the “it gallerist”. In the 80’s, he was Leo Castelli’s champion in France, exhibiting all the American artists that were still unknown here.
Now in the Hollande Years, he has opened a second gallery in Brussels and is exhibiting the most controversial theater set designer and artist, Jan Fabre.
At FIAC, the French contemporary art fair, last November, one of the most beautiful pieces was already by Fabre. Today and until April 11 th, his gallery is showing an ensemble of green Beetle mosaics by the Flemish artist. A tribute to Belgium Congo for the 50 the anniversary of its Independence in 2010 and also a tribute to Jerôme Bosch. In a smaller room, two birds fly in the room. The effect is magical and one never stops trying to guess how so many beetles could get together !
After exhibiting at the Louvre, the Kröller-Müller, Vienna and Lille, Jan Fabre will be the first contemporary artist to exhibit in the Hermitage in St Petersburg. So make sure you see his show at 30 rue Beaubourg.
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