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Jan Fabre
B.1958
UNTITLED (BATHTUB)
jewel beetle wing-cases on bathtub
177.4 by 71.5 by 44.7 cm. 69 7/8 by 28 1/8 by 17 5/8 in.
Executed circa 2001.
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Provenance

Galerie Beaumont-Public, Luxembourg
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Catalogue Note

"I use strong materials, which happen to have a fragile appearance. The color of those beetle shells will never fade, for the outer integument contains chitin, one of the strongest and lightest materials on earth, which was used for objects destined for the Mir space station. Scientists are once more studying the world of insects. I love the durability of things. I create for the future. I believe that my work contains many riddles and layers, which will reveal themselves more clearly to the beholder in, say, 50 or 100 years."

JAN FABRE
in conversation with Michaël Amy in Measuring the Clouds, 2004, online

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