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

She specialises 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.
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Berlinde De Bruyckere, Actaeon, 2011–2012 , 2012 © Berlinde De Bruyckere. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth and Galleria Continua, Foto: Mirjam Devriendt

Pavilion of Belgium | 55th International art exhibition | La Biennale di Venezia

Berlinde De Bruyckere
Kreupelhout – Cripplewood
Pavilion of Belgium
55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia
1 June – 24 November 2013

Press release

‘Her sculptures explore life and death – death in life, life in death, life before life, death before death – in the most intimate and most disturbing way. They bring illumination, but the illumination is as dark as it is profound’. J.M. Coetzee, press statement, 25 January 2013

Kreupelhout – Cripplewood
For the 55th edition of the Biennale di Venezia, Berlinde De Bruyckere presents ‚Kreupelhout – Cripplewood‘ at the Pavilion of Belgium, a new in situ installation that occupies the entire pavilion and is inspired by the artist’s dialogue with the city of Venice, its history and the numerous paintings and sculptures of Saint Sebastian around the city. ‘Kreupelhout – Cripplewood’ is the artist’s plea for undisclosed beauty.

kreupelhout – Crippelwoodf, Venice Biennale 2013.


Ateliers d’artistes – Berlinde de Bruyckere by Gautier Deblonde.


berlinde de bruyckere cripplewood at venice art biennale


artist berlinde de bruyckere image © mirjam devriendt

Berlinde at Saatchi Gallery

Berlinde at Hauser & Wirth


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