In 1628, the Augustinian order commissioned altarpieces from Antwerp’s three greatest Baroque painters, i.e., from Rubens, Jordaens and Van Dyck, for their church.
Peter Paul Rubens painted the canvas for the main altar, while Jacob Jordaens and Anthony Van Dyck embellished the Apollonia and Augustine altars in the right and left naves respectively. While the three works are no longer exhibited in the church, you can still see them in Antwerp’s Royal Museum of Fine Arts, where they belong to the permanent collection. The resulting lacuna will be filled in again during “Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires”.
In line with the historic tradition of ecclesiastical commissions, Jan Fabre was tasked with creating new, permanent works for St. Augustine’s Church.
Jan Fabre, Antwerp’s most Rubentian contemporary artist, will create new works based on the same brief that Rubens, Jordaens and Van Dyck received in 1628, drawing inspiration from the original pieces. This art installation will add a surprising accent to the church’s historic heritage, while referring to the church’s current use as the concert hall of AMUZ.
AMUZ | from 03.07.2018
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