Berlinde De Bruyckere

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Berlinde De Bruyckere
PXIII by Berlinde De Bruyckere MONA Hobart.jpg
PXIII, Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Ghent, Belgium[1]
Known forSculpture
AwardsHonorary doctor of the University of Ghent

Berlinde De Bruyckere (born 1964[1]) is a Belgian contemporary artist.[2]

De Bruyckere specializes in sculpture in various media including wax, wood, wool, horse skin and hair, though she also works in watercolour, gouache, and since the early 1990s many of her major works have featured structures involving blankets. Their use is symbolic both of warmth and shelter, and of the vulnerable circumstances such as wars that make people seek such shelter.[3]

In 2000, De Bruyckere's work with five dead horses, In Flanders Fields, a commentary on World War I, was exhibited at the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres.[4] In 2006, her work was included in the 4th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art and exhibited in a two-artist show at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf.[citation needed] At the 2013 Venice Biennale, her sculptures were shown in the Belgian Pavilion.[5]

De Bruyckere solo exhibitions include La Maison Rouge, Fondation Antoine de Galbert, Paris (2005); the De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg (2005); The Mystery of the Body: Berlinde De Bruyckere in Dialogue with Lucas Cranach and Pier Paolo Pasonli, the Kunstmuseum Bern; and We are all Flesh at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2012).[5]

In 2015 she received an honorary doctorate from Ghent University.[6]


  1. ^ a b Phaidon Editors (2019). Great women artists. Phaidon Press. p. 113. ISBN 0714878774. {{cite book}}: |last1= has generic name (help)
  2. ^ Hirsch, Faye. "Correspondences: An Interview with Berlinde De Bruyckere". Art in America. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  3. ^ Berlinde De Bruyckere Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine, Museum de Pont press release
  4. ^ Stephens, Andrew. "Works Born of Bloodied Memory". The Age. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Belgian Pavilion Berlinde De Bruyckere". Belgian Pavilion. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  6. ^ "6 new honorary doctorates awarded on 20 March 2015". Archived from the original on 14 May 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2015.