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Innocence Can Be Hell. The Art of Berlinde de Bruyckere
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Innocence Can Be Hell. The Art of Berlinde de Bruyckere

(Marc Ruyters) The Low Countries - 2002, № 10, pp. 225-229

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From the beginning, the three-dimensional work of the Flemish artist Berlinde de Bruyckere (1964-) has had a fundamental duality. Her sculptures and installations can be quickly interpreted, in that a substantial part of each one can be ‘understood' at first glance. But beneath this comprehensibility lies a complex tangle of content, which in turn is full of contrasts and extremes that affected and still affect each other. De Bruyckere's figures keep track of what is happening to man. She shows what humans today are anxious not to see, and what they push away from them

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