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Berlinde De Bruyckere

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Berlinde De Bruyckere is a Belgian artist, famous for her installations and sculptures.

De Bruyckere studied monumental arts at Sint-Lucas in Ghent. From the early 1990s, the human body is a central theme in her art. Recurring themes in her work are vulnerability, mortality and loneliness. First she created "blanket men": vulnerable, battered figures with blankets over the head. The blankets are stifling but also offer protection. Later on, she created distorted bodies in wax, covered with wool, often headless and genderless. De Bruyckere is also known for her sculptures and installations with trees and horses with distorted bodies.

The works of Berlinde De Bruyckere often cause controversy. Floating sculptures of women in the Ghent waterways and dead horses hung in trees for example, caused uproar and disgust. Yet her work is imbued with feeling and tenderness.