The Future Merciful Heart for Men and Women

16May09

Let’s tuck away the perversity of contemporary art world to the place where never shall be found again; the curatorships competition, the new money coursing through it’s veins, the ephemeral stardom of artists… let’s push away that annoying rubbish and look at Jan Fabre. Let’s have a look at one particular artwork of his: The Future Merciful Heart for Men and Women.

Because that one stops the heart beating… my heart.

The future merciful heart for men and women, detail. Photo: Markus Tretter ©Jan Fabre/VBK, Wien, 2008, Kunsthaus Bregenz

The future merciful heart for men and women, detail. Photo: Markus Tretter ©Jan Fabre/VBK, Wien, 2008, Kunsthaus Bregenz

Jan Fabre made two hearts, male and female heart put together by small pieces of human bones. They are installed, facing each other on elevations of bones and skulls crafted in Murano glass. The future of human emotions is to have a heart which does not bleed. Our mercy will be made out of human bones, elevated on the layered, thick yet fragile altar of human remains… Our empathy and love is unconditional when we do not suffer and when we do not bleed, but sacrifices were already made and they are not going to be any smaller.

Unfortunately i haven’t yet have the privilege to view it in flesh, live, to feel it, to be near and smell it, but the way it stunned me at the level of the limited look from the small press release photos does make me think. If that beautiful yet strange, breathtaking, endearing Jan Fabre altars of unconditional love get me stunned through feeble media of electronic image, is the HOW is it done relevant? As long as the art carry the ultimate, full, alive, passionate even, humane, subjective or acutely tender message, is it relevant what form it takes?

The piece The Future Merciful Heart for Men and Women (Het toekomstige hart van barmhartigheid voor mannen en vrouwen, 2008) is of Jan Fabre’s new series “From the Cellar to the Attic – From the Feet to the Brain,” which he elaborated first for the Kunsthaus Bregenz in 2008. The series of five sculptural tableau’s will be installed at the 53rd Venice Biennial, to be seen by a wider art audience. Here is the link for more information.



One Response to “The Future Merciful Heart for Men and Women”

  1. you’re really moved… glad to see… although, very spectacular, I’m always surprised with his ideas… i really like his thoughts on animals as the greatest doctors and philosophers in the world…


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