Berlinde De Bruyckere
Schmerzensmann

  • Introduction by Gregor Muir
  • Interview by Ali Subotnick
    Designed by Steidl Design
    64 pages, 50 colour plates
    29 cm x 40 cm
    Hardcover
  • Steidl Hauser & Wirth
  • ISBN: 978-3-86521-409-6
  • 2006
  • £42 / $55 / €50 / CHF 55
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Accompanying the first UK exhibition of the work of Berlinde De Bruyckere, this publication presents the artist’s frail-looking wax figures suspended from tall iron columns. They invoke the ‘Schmerzensmann’, the eternal ‘Man of Suffering’; their forms appear vulnerable and violated, their skin stretched and broken. One imagines these figures to have once perched on top of their mantles like heroic symbols; however here they seem to have fallen from grace. The texture of the pallid wax suggests a skin so thin and fragile that it is almost translucent. Close inspection reveals subtly mottled hues and textures that imply vulnerability to heat and cold but also to the more intangible threat of violence and fear.

All publications by Berlinde De Bruyckere