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Berlinde De Bruyckere

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Hauser & Wirth / Zurich / Art

The Belgian sculptor Berlinde De Bruyckere delves into the elemental, working with waxed animal skins, hair, and wood to create haunting works that touch upon monumental themes. In 2000, she exhibited five life-size casts of dead horses, which were placed in Flanders Fields, in Ypres, a site of epic bloodshed during W.W. I. Her latest series, “Arcangeli,” places lead and bronze sculptures on high plinths. The figures, draped in skins, capture the burden of humanity and also conjure the mythological and the divine. New sculptures from the series are on view in Zurich, alongside framed reliefs and collages from “It almost seemed like a lily”—a series inspired by the Enclosed Gardens of Mechelen, in Belgium. “I connect the petals of the lilies to images of skin, of flesh,” De Bruyckere says of this series, “their fragrance to lust and pleasure; their unsavoury smell while wilting to ephemerality and pain.” As always, her art promises to strike right through to the heart. —E.C.

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