De Bruyckere’s largest and most ambitious work to date, created in collaboration with novelist J M Coetzee for the Belgian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Art Biennale in 2013, travels to New York. The darkly beautiful ‘Kreupelhout – Cripplewood, 2012 – 2013’ forms the centrepiece of an exhibition of recent sculptures and works on paper by the acclaimed Belgian artist.
Working with casts made of wax, animal skins, hair, textiles, metal and wood, she renders haunting distortions of organic forms, wounded and scarred, reflecting on man’s fundamental search for transformation, transcendence and reconciliation in the face of mortality.
Parallel to the exhibition and inspired by the works created for it, contemporary dancer Romeu Runa presents the performance piece ‘Sibylle’, his second collaboration with Berlinde De Bruyckere. After meeting at Belgian choreographer Alain Platel’s company les ballets C de la B in 2010, Runa went from posing for a sculpture to an unanticipated and intimate performance, adding another dimension to De Bruyckere’s series of sculpture and drawing with ‘Romeu, my deer’ in 2013.