The first of Dia's projects at the Hispanic Society was concieved by Belgian artist Francis Alÿs, who has long lived and worked in Mexico City. Commissioned by Dia and installed at the Hispanic Society's Beaux-Arts facility in Manhattan, Fabiola comprised almost three hundred portraits of the Christian Saint Fabiola, all of them copies of a lost original.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
September 7, 2008-March 29, 2009
National Portrait Gallery, London
May 2, 2009-September 27, 2009
The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía’s exhibition space at the Abadía de Santo Domingo de Silos, Burgos, Spain
October 28, 2009 -February 21, 2010
Haus zum Kirschgarten, Basel
March 12–August 28, 2011
Francis Alÿs was born in Antwerp in 1959. He lives and works in Mexico City and London.
Francis Alÿs: Fabiola: An Investigation
Alÿs's collection of Fabiola portraits, numbering in the hundreds and painted by amateurs and professionals alike, is the focus of this intriguing book. Not only does it examine the artist's exploration of collecting practices, but the publication also offers an unusual window into aesthetic, sociological, and anthropological values of the 19th century.