The Fabiola Project

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Join artist Francis Alÿs and curator Lynne Cooke for a conversation on the new installation in the Byzantine Fresco Chapel.

Since the early 1990s, the influential Mexico City-based Belgian artist Francis Alÿs (born 1959) has been collecting depictions of Saint Fabiola, a fourth-century Roman Christian who, after a divorce, devoted herself to good deeds. All the copies that Alÿs has attained over the years—now numbering over 450 but varying widely in quality—are based on a lost 1885 original by French academic painter Jean-Jacques Henner (1829–1905). Working with curator Lynne Cooke, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, to present these works in a variety of nontraditional spaces, Alÿs views the installation not as his own project but as an ongoing investigation of devotion, representation, anonymity, reproduction, and value.

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By: The Menil Collection