Troubleyn | Jan Fabre

Jan Fabre. Spiritual Guards

14.05.2016 – 02.10.2016

© Angelos bvba - Photo: Pat Verbruggen

Piazza Signoria, Museo di Palazzo Vecchio, Forte di Belvedere, Florence


The exhibition, entitled Jan Fabre. Spiritual Guards, promoted by the Comune di Firenze, will pan out between the Forte di Belvedere, Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria.  In fact, it will be one of the most complex and multifaceted exhibitions that this Flemish artist and author has ever produced in any public space in Italy.  For the very first time, a living artist will be expounding his art in three venues of outstanding historical and artistic importance at once.  Roughly one hundred of Fabre's works dating from 1978 to 2016 will be on display, including bronze and wax sculptures, performance films and works made of wing cases of the jewel scarab.  Fabre will also be presenting two new works specifically devised and produced for this occasion.  

The premiere is going to be an event of outstanding visual impact with strong symbolic connotations:  on the morning of 15 April, two of Fabre's bronze sculptures will be – temporarily – joining the open-air museum that is Piazza Signoria.  

Also starting 15 April, Palazzo Vecchio will be hosting a series of sculptures interacting with the frescoes and artefacts housed in some of the rooms open to the public, particularly the Quartiere di Eleonora, the Sala dell'Udienza and the Sala dei Gigli.  

The following month will see the inauguration of the exhibition at the Forte di Belvedere, on 14 May, where the bastions and the villa will be showcasing about sixty works of art in bronze and in wax, along with a series of films focusing on some of the artist's historic performances.  Curators Melania Rossi and Joanna De Vos, together with the project's art director Sergio Risaliti, have chosen the Forte di Belvedere as the thematic heart of the Jan Fabre. Spiritual Guards exhibition both for its spatial characteristic and for its historical connotations.

The spectacular bronze integration in Piazza della Signoria and the work produced with jewel scarab wing cases on display in Palazzo Vecchio will be interacting with the urban fabric and with one of the most visited historical palazzi in the city, forming a perfect visual and conceptual complement to the exhibition. The exhibition's motto and device, Spiritual Guards, should be interpreted as an encouragement to live a heroic life, be it in war or unarmed in defence of the imagination and of beauty.


Piazza Signoria

The square is freely accessible at all times

Palazzo Vecchio

From 15th April to 30th September
Daily except Thursday:  9.00 am –11.00 pm
Thursday:  9.00 am – 2.00 pm

Daily except Thursday:  9.00 am – 7.00 pm
Thursday:  9.00 am – 2.00 pm


Forte di Belvedere

Daily except Monday:  10.30 am – 7.30 pm (last entrance 7.00 pm)
Closed Monday


Opera Laboratori Fiorentini – Gruppo Civita

Salvatore La Spina 
Tel +39 055 290383 - cell. +39 3315354957

Barbara Izzo – Arianna Diana 
Tel +39 06 692050220-258,


Comune di Firenze
Elisa Di Lupo 
+39 055 2768531

Daniele Pasquini 
+39 338 5375675