Berlinde De Bruyckere at the Belgian Pavilion of the 55th Venice Biennale

11/09/2012

The Flemish Minister of Culture, Joke Schauvliege, has nominated Berlinde De Bruyckere to represent Belgium at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013.

Berlinde De Bruyckere (°1964) lives and works in Ghent. In February 2010, she received the Flemish Culture Prize for Visual Arts. De Bruyckere's sculptures, installations and drawings set out to embody the world's great stories. The forms and materials she uses are consistently selected for their metaphorical power. For several years now, she has been constructing a highly personal vocabulary, in which a refined vision of the melancholy relationship with the world and the things in it has gradually risen to the surface.

De Bruyckere can count on a growing international interest. An exhibition putting her work in dialogue with the work of the deceased artist Philippe Vandenbergh is currently running at Museum De Pont in Tilburg, The Netherlands. Last week, she presented her work within a dance performance, a coproduction with Romeu Runa, at the St James's Church Southwood Garden, London. Last summer, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne showed an impressive exhibition of her work. Next autumn, De Bruyckere will show her work in Beijing, China.

Image: Mirjam Devriendt