Berlinde De Bruyckere Will Represent Belgium at the 2013 Venice Biennale

‘Actaeon’ (2012) by De Bruyckere. (Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth)

The Flemish Minister for Environment, Nature and Culture, Joke Schauvliege, announced that Belgium has tapped artist Berlinde De Bruyckere to stage a show at the nation’s pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale. From the official statement, via the Flemish Institute for Visual, Audiovisual and Media Art:

Berlinde De Bruyckere (°1964, Ghent) lives and works in Ghent. In February 2010, she received the Flemish Culture Prize 2009 for Visual Arts. De Bruyckere’s sculptures, installations and drawings set out to embody the world’s great stories. The forms and materials she uses are consistently selected for their metaphorical power. For several years now, she has been constructing a highly personal vocabulary, in which a refined vision of the melancholy relationship with the world and the things in it has gradually risen to the surface.

Ms. De Bruyckere also has a new show opening at Hauser & Wirth’s Zurich space tomorrow. That show will feature three characteristically creepy, uncanny sculptures that resemble disfigured, malformed bodies.

Congratulations, Ms. De Bruyckere.

A full list of artists representing nations at the Biennale is available here.