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Jan Fabre in AMUZ

As part of Antwerp Baroque 2018, Rubens inspires, Jan Fabre will be creating three new works of art that will be incorporated into the former St. Augustine’s Church that now houses AMUZ. Fabre was invited to fulfil this prestigious commission as the quintessential Antwerp artist, a man who is world famous and has considerable experience of similar art integration projects, such as the permanent ceiling sculpture Heaven of Delight (2002) in the Hall of Mirrors at the Royal Palace in Brussels. When creating a new work, Jan Fabre regularly enters into dialogue with the vocabulary of the Flemish Masters in the northern Renaissance and Baroque. Without any doubt, Jan Fabre is an all-round Antwerp artist who, like his Baroque predecessors, works in various artistic disciplines. His artistic idiom invokes exuberance and ecstasy, themes that also characterise the Baroque. 

The new artworks will stand in the place of the altarpieces that Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck and Jacob Jordaens painted for St. Augustine’s Church in 1628. The original paintings are now part of the collection at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA). The 20th century copies that are currently hanging in St. Augustine’s Church were painted by Leon Van Ryssegem, and will be given a new role.

(c) Koen Van Damme

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GUIDED TOURS

ST. AUGUSTINE’S CHURCH: A GEM OF EARLY BAROQUE ARCHITECTURE, AND JAN FABRE
A unique glimpse behind the scenes at the former church and present-day concert hall. The former St. Augustine’s Church is a gem of early Baroque architecture. The fascinating story of the renovated church, the creation of the new infrastructure and Jan Fabre’ artworks form the basis of this guided tour that AMUZ organises on request. These guided tours also offer you a look behind the scenes at AMUZ as a concert hall and organisation

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