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Stigmata, Actions & Performances 1976-2016

30 September 2016 - 15 January 2017

Opening Thursday 29th September 2016


40 years of creation: how do you exhibit performance?
87 glass trays, 800 objects (drawings, photographs, artefacts, costumes, models which he calls “thought models”, films, works in blue ballpoint pen, and more): all Jan Fabre’s performances.

A collaboration between Jan Fabre and Germano Celant.


“An attempt to not beat the world hour record set by Eddy Merckx in Mexico City in 1972 (or how to remain a dwarf in a land of giants)”, created for Lyon at the Parc de la Tête d’Or velodrome, with commentary and live filming, in the presence of Eddy Merckx.

Jan Fabre pays tribute to the Belgian cyclist. The artist grabs the handlebars and thrusts his feet into the toe clips in an attempt not to beat the world record set in Mexico City in 1972. In a salute to the talent of the man they called “The Cannibal” because of his insatiable hunger after victories, Jan Fabre allows himself to be caught up and swallowed by the beauty of failure.