Berlinde De Bruyckere finally unveils ‘Kreupelhout/Cripplewood’ at Venice Biennale

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I wonder how many people this summer will actually think she’s dragged an enormous tree into the Belgian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Because that’s certainly what it looks like. But those who are familiar with the work of Belgian artist Berlinde De Bruyckere will know that it’s actually a giant work composed of mostly wax moulds. But anyway: De Bruyckere didn’t want to tell anything about the work that took her a month or seven to create. But now the world is finally allowed to see it. That is: after your eyes have gotten used to that darkened pavilion. It certainly is what De Bruyckere wanted it to be: a quiet spot in the mayhem of the Biennial. The only one absent at the inauguration drink was co-curator and Noble prize winner J.M Coetzee, who’s not too fond of these sort of gatherings. In the next few days Utopia Parkway will try to bring you more from the previews of the Venice Biennale.


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