In 2006 the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp welcomed contemporary artist Jan Fabre into its exhibition rooms.
Jan Fabre is one of Belgium's most important contemporary artists. His activities are as versatile as they are varied. Is Fabre a creative artist who also creates theatre, dance and opera? Is he a theatre artist who also draws, makes sculptures, installations and films? Or is he an author, or perhaps a choreographer?
Recent sculptures, illustrations and films of Jan Fabre were the focus of the exhibition in the Royal Museum. But the museum's collection of old art played a leading part in the exhibition as well. In fact, the design of the exhibition started from Jan Fabre's fascination with a number of key works from the museum collection. Works that inspired and influenced him from the beginning of his artistic practice. In 20 monumental exhibition rooms on the top floor of the museum, Fabre confronted his own art with works of Rogier van der Weyden, Abraham Janssens, Lucas Cranach, Frans Snijders, Frans Floris, Peter Paul Rubens and Henri De Braekeleer. Thus a journey of marginalia, homages, dialogues, and transformations developed - sometimes cautious, at other times frontal.