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Fabrice Hybert

Solo exhibition

6 September – 27 October 1996
Vleeshal (Map)

Curator: Lex ter Braak

Fabrice Hybert, 1996
Exhibition overview | Testoo | Fabrice Hybert

Fabrice Hybert, one of the most famous young French artists, is a jack-of-all-trades who makes work in several fields. A stream of drawings, statues, paintings, often mixed together and inextricably intertwined. In this, playfulness, inventiveness, humor and openness are recurring elements; His work is the continuous aim to make art and life flow into each other.

One of his best known works is his soap sculpture (Traduction, 1991): a huge block of soap that is transported from place to place on a large, closed truck. The weight of the soap bar is twenty five and a half tonne. At the places of arrival, the three load valves (rear and side) of the lorry truck are lowered and the block is shown to bystanders. It looks like a huge block of marble, a heavy sculptural object that can be seen in a peepshow and then is transported again. The video recordings of the transport (the truck with its bizarre cargo down winding roads) are the images of exciting rides from viewing to viewing. At the same time, the block is a good: it is soap and is transported in a commercial truck from market square to market square.

Since 1995, Fabrice Hybert has been working on his Testoo series: developing prototypes that can be tested by the public in an exhibition / shop space. They are objects that want to be touched, questioned, used and tested. Not a static view of objects, but an active interaction with them (the museum's "do not touch " is the last thing that applies here). Many of the developed prototypes appeal to human sensual and erotic feelings, and rely on the human’s desire to expand his experiences in this area. These are not immediately recognizable objects. As the word prototype indicates, the objects will actually be mass produced and traded. For this purpose, a Hybertmarché will open in Paris.