Artist Berlinde De Bruyckere displays in the solo exhibition Stages and Tales two new bodies of sculptural works, which represent her most abstract pieces, far away from her recognizable figurative style. The first series featured is composed of seven works made up of heavy and semi-decomposed blankets, overlapped in layers. The series features as materials old blankets, in the opinion of the artist metaphors of warmth and protection, but also charged with stories and meaning that add an additional layer of complexity and intimacy.
The second series, titled Anderlecht (2018), features pieces which are wax casts of tacked animal skins, still holding small remnants of the original salted hides. By these new abstract works, the artist’s aim is to investigate universal and timeless themes of mortality, human suffering and deprivation.