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Bodies of transcience in Kunsthaus Graz

The artist Berlinde de Bruykere is creating art that focuses on change and transcience of life. Her current exhibition "Leibhaftig" ("in person") can be visited in Kunsthaus Graz.

The artist produced astonishingly real sculptures that show the beholder how death and transcience affect bodies. The human and animal-like figures are made of materials such as wax, animal skin, hairs, wool and wood. For example, de Bruykere used real fur to shape a fragmented body of a deer or horses.

Curator Katrin Bucher-Trantow helped organising "Leibhaftig". The sculptures of transcience can be seen until 12 March 2013.

The life-size bodies have a fascinating and, at the same time, repelling effect. The artist strongly confronts the beholders with transcience of life: "When I read the stories by the poet Ovid, where dead bodies were transformed into stags or trees, I felt that this was an amazing sign for hope that death is not the end. Maybe it seems strange but in a way I want to give hope", said Ms de Bruykere.

The director of the universal museum Joanneum Peter Pakesch is pleased that the artist chose to exhibit in Graz: "Apart from Biennale (in Venice), this is the only exhibition that Berlinde de Bruykere will have this year. She is an artist who specifically deals with the question of nature and how to handle it. This way Kunsthaus also wants to preview the new Natural History Museum which will be opened in the museums quarter Johanneumsviertel in March."

Vienna Times

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