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Berlinde De Bruyckere @ Hauser & Wirth Somerset

29 September 2018 - 1 January 2019

Stages and Tales is a solo exhibition by Berlinde De Bruyckere, in which she presents two new bodies of sculptural works, selected in direct relation to the spaces they are exhibited in. The pieces presented in ‘Stages & Tales’ are a new artistic direction for De Bruyckere, moving away from the figurative work she is best known for, these new bodies of work are the artist’s most abstract pieces to date. Hanging from the walls of the Rhoades Gallery are seven new works composed of heavily weathered, semi-decomposed blankets built up in layers, that comprise the series Courtyard Tales (2017 – 2018). Since the early 1990s, many of De Bruyckere’s major works have featured structures involving blankets, suggesting warmth and protection, but also the vulnerable experiences that lead one to seek such shelter. In these tactile works the blankets hang, ragged and often in tatters, evoking shrouds. Peculiar bulges hint at something concealed within or behind the blankets, allowing the works to sit proud from the walls. The composition of layered colours in a warm and muted palette with the occasional splash of an untouched brighter tone, evokes images of a painterly nature.


29 September 2018
1 January 2019
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Hauser & Wirth Somerset
Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane
Bruton, BA10 0NL United Kingdom
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