Berlinde De Bruyckere

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Berlinde De Bruyckere
Born 1964
Nationality Belgian
Known for Sculpture
Awards Honorary doctor of the University of Ghent

Berlinde De Bruyckere (1964, Ghent, Belgium) is an artist based in Ghent.[1]

She 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.[2]

In 2000, her work with five dead horses, In Flanders Fields, a commentary on World War I, was exhibited at the In Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres.[3] She gained international acclaim at the 2003 Venice Biennale, when her sculptures were shown in the Italian Pavilion. Since then, her solo exhibitions have included ones at Hauser & Wirth, Zurich (2004); La Maison Rouge, Fondation Antoine de Galbert, Paris (2005); and De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg (2005). 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.

Recent solo exhibitions include The Mystery of the Body: Berlinde De Bruyckere in Dialogue with Lucas Cranach and Pier Paolo Pasonli, The Kunstmuseum Bern, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Hauser & Wirth Zurich (2010), Into One-Another To P.P.P., Hauser & Wirth New York (2011), We are all Flesh at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2012) and No Life Lost, Hauser & Wirth New York (2016).

In 2015 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Ghent.[4]

Berlinde de Bruyckere is represented by Hauser & Wirth.


  1. ^ Hirsch, Faye. "Correspondences: An Interview with Berlinde De Bruyckere". Art in America. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Berlinde De Bruyckere, Museum de Pont press release
  3. ^ Stephens, Andrew. "Works Born of Bloodied Memory". The Age. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "6 new honorary doctorates awarded on 20 March 2015". Archived from the original on 14 May 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 

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