"Man made chickens successful through diversity, now we can learn from them."  Koen Vanmechelen

Koen Vanmechelen launched his Cosmopolitan Chicken Project (CCP) during the late nineties. Central to this artistic undertaking is a chicken crossbreeding project. More specifically, the artist interbreeds domestic chickens from different countries aiming at the creation of a true cosmopolitan chicken as a symbol for global diversity.

The project occupies a unique place in art history and gained fast international recognition. It positions art categorically in the middle of society: between people, and always committed. Vanmechelen is using a diverse range of media to translate the core idea of the CCP to our society, from very expressive paintings and drawings, to photography, video, glassware, performances and sculpture. The unifying theme is the chicken and the egg, symbols that link scientific, political, philosophical and ethical issues.

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Vannmechelen in The Independent

Last week Karen Wright, journalist of the Independent, visited Vanmechelen’s studio in Hasselt and she wrote this  fantastic article covering the Cosmpopolitan Chicken Project, the Venice Biennale and Koen’s future studio in Genk.

Vanmechelen with collateral event at the 56th biennial of Venice

Vanmechelen’s project for the 56th biennial of Venice consists of three parts presented both at Palazzo Franchetti as at the glass island of Murano. Together they represent the artist’s statement for our new generation. Crossbreeding is the key, and biocultural diversity is essential for our survival. The project is part of the Glasstress 2015 Gotika exhibition by Berengo studio and the State Hermitage Museum.

This is not a Chicken at Museum De Domijnen

From January 18 to June 7, Museum De Domijnen in Sittard (Netherlands) will be home to Koen Vanmechelen’s solo exhibition This Is Not A Chicken, an innovative artistic and scientific project involving mushrooms, eggs, chickens and camelids (MECC). To visit the exhibition is to enter a vibrant ecosystem, sustained by the communal efforts of these organisms. The transformation oƒ this museum into a giant artistic and scientific laboratory is a notable step in Vanmechelen’s work.

Vanmechelen invited for PROPORTIO, Axel Vervoordt, Biennial of Venice

Besides his solo project Lifebank at this year’s biennial of Venice, Koen is also invited for Axel Vervoordt’s group show entitled PROPORTIO. Proportions are present in the cosmos, in the natural world and in humans. It can be proven that these proportions are also favoured in art, architecture and music and determine our sense of harmony and balance. Articulated around a series of themes, including the ‘Sacred Numbers’, the Fibonacci sequence, the hypotenuse, Squaring the Circle and Le Corbusier’s Modulor, the exhibition is an invitation to reflect on the dynamic relationship between order and chaos. 

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Cosmopolitan Chicken Project agenda

3 December 2015

The annual symposium of “De Vereniging Assistenten Prothetische en Restauratieve tandheelkunde van de KULeuven” (VAPR) organises a reading by Koen Vanmechelen.

2 December 2015

Together with a variety of invitees Koen Vanmechelen will participate in a program the “Universiteit Derde Leeftijd” (UDL) has set up.

2 December 2015 - 14 February 2016

During one year and a half “The importance of being” will travel to four important museums in Latin America.

12 November 2015 - 13 April 2016

As a result of the RASA exposition he takes part in, Koen Vanmechelen is invited for “Muze van…”. This is a new idea and cooperation between Dendermonde’s library and CC Belgica. 

6 November 2015 - 11 November 2015

From November 6th until November 11th 2015, the Sancta Maria monastery in Ronse serves as a unique location for an art exhibition.

1 November 2015 - 10 December 2015

6th Hotel de Inmigrantes in Indonesia is a project inspired by the authentic building in Buenos Aires (Argentina). 

30 October 2015 - 6 March 2016

Globale is the new exhibition of the “Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie” (ZKM) in Karlsruhe. The show is curated by Peter Weibel and focuses on the artistic application of new technologies and linking art and science. This exhibition perfectly matches the work of Koen Vanmechelen.

12 October 2015 - 2 November 2015

Myths and Medicine - C.C.P. From the mixture of coincidences and opportunities which originate by the crossing of species arise new stories (...

10 September 2015

“The friends of Affligem”, a company of prominent people who feel closely connected to Affligem organise another “10 questions for Koen Vanmechelen”.

17 July 2015 - 12 September 2015

During one year and a half “The importance of being” will travel to four important museums in Latin America.

11 July 2015

The City Government and Culture Counsil of Waregem invite Koen Vanmechelen for an academic lecture on identity. Occasion was the official July 11th celebration. 

13 June 2015

What will the village of Kruinbeke look like within 15 years? Nobody knows. What we do know is that our future is pliable.

7 June 2015 - 28 June 2015

(Re)View will be the last exhibition under the lead of director of CC Hasselt, René Geladé who will retire this year. For this occasion an exhibition will be set up with art work from me and many other artists which have had an exhibition at the CC Hasselt troughout the career of Mr. Geladé:

2 June 2015

In several open conversations the UCLL aims to reflect in an informal setting on how we witness the society evolve and which repercussions  this evolution has on education.

28 May 2015 - 18 October 2015

During the fifth edition of Höhenrausch, at the OK Center in Linz (Austria), the focus will lie on man's attitude to towarrds, and relationship with, the avian world.

22 May 2015 - 14 August 2015

A Touch of Steel is a travelling exhibition, award ceremony and book presentation 'organised by the Kolloquium Nordrhein Westfalen and the Jewellery Design, Gold & Silversmithing Department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp.

22 May 2015 - 22 June 2015

Vanmechelen has been invited to participate with his project ‘Arena de Evolución’ in the ‘la Bienal de La Habana’ from the 22nd May until the 22nd June in 2015.

For this project, Vanmechelen has created a twofold in-situ installation; on the one hand an arena with Cubalayas (the national chickens of Cuba) and on the other a library in which knowledge can be archived but generated as well. 

15 May 2015 - 13 September 2015

I Belgi. Barbari e Poeti explores and promotes the unclassifiable, coarse, ironic and yet poetic aspects of the works of Belgium’s 20th and 21st century artists. More broadly, it seeks to present the originality and unusualness of Belgian culture and art, so unlike that of its neighbours.

14 May 2015


After a successful first edition, the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute is orginazing a second edition of the Evening of Art + Science. This unique fundraising event will unveil the works inspired by the pairing of 11 physician-researchers of the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute with noted artists from the Detroit area and beyond. For months, the artists have been meeting with their medical counterparts to discuss the creativity that abounds in their respective disciplines, and to gain ideas and inspiration from the medical research being conducted by these dedicated clinician-scientists from the University of Michigan.

9 May 2015 - 22 November 2015

 PROPORTIO is the new exhibition in Palazzo Fortuny during the Biennale di Venezia curated by Axel Vervoordt and Daniela Ferretti, en suite to the highly acclaimed exhibitions from the past Artempo (2007), In-finitum (2009), TRA (2011) and Tàpies, lo sguardo dell’artista (2013). Organised by the Axel & May Vervoordt Foundation and the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, the exhibition will explore the omnipresence of universal proportions in art, science, music and architecture.

9 May 2015 - 22 November 2015

As a special project within the collateral event GLASSTRESS 2015 GOTIKA, Koen Vanmechelen exhibits a triptych at three locations continuing his exploration of biological and cultural diversity. AWAKENER/LIFEBANK is shown at the third floor of Palazzo Franchetti, on the Island of Murano and outside the artist’s studio in Belgium. This expansive installation intends to raise awareness of our ever-increasing abuse of food production and includes an innovative biological breeding center and restaurant.

14 April 2015 - 29 November 2016

During one year and a half “The importance of being” will travel to four important museums in Latin America.

27 February 2015 - 31 May 2015

Thirteen outstanding contemporary artists have intervened in the magnificent Baroque ambiance of Prince Eugene of Savoy’s former residence. Planned and developed especially for this location, these artworks present the significance of contemporary artistic production from a new perspective, and visualize the unbroken force of thinkers and visionaries. The exhibition’s starting point was the collection Vienna for Art’s Sake! – Archive Austria/Contemporary Art, Austria’s contribution to Imago Mundi – Luciano Benetton Collection. The 161 works from this collection will be presented at the Primary Exhibition in the Sala terrena.

13 February 2015 - 26 April 2015

Evolution of a Hybrid will be on display during The Importance of Being... in the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes of Havana, an exhibition focusing on the ideas and questions put forth by Belgian artists.

7 February 2015 - 12 April 2015

Starting the seventh of February, Eén Grote Familie explores the concept of family and family relations from a historical, genealogical, scientific and artistic perspectve.

24 January 2015 - 1 February 2015

Brafa is one of the leading European art and antiques fairs. Here, all art works on show are for sale and quality and authenticity are two of the key requirements exhibitors face. Brafa is an eclectic fair which encompasses a variety of specialities, from antiquity to the 21st century, including archaeology, Oceanic art, African art, Oriental art, silver, jewellery, numismatic, furniture and works of art from the Middle Ages to the 21st century, vintage collections, old master and modern paintings, contemporary art, sculpture, earthenware and porcelain, carpets, tapestry, drawings, old comic books, engravings, antique and modern books, photography and autographs.

Vanmechelen is presented by Guy Pieters Gallery.

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21 January 2015

The Good Practices Workshop “Internationalization of Higher Education” is an initiative of Flanders Knowledge Area and Nuffic (Netherlands) organized in collaboration with NVAO (Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organization).

20 January 2015

Koen Vanmechelen and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Peter Adriaenssens are invited for a lecture at the University of Hasselt. While Vanmechelen focuses on his social-artistic Cosmogolem Project, prof. Adriaenssens speaks about youth in the 21th Century, during his lecture "Toen de prins een kikker werd. Jeugd in de 21ste eeuw" ("When the prince became a frog. Youth in the 21st century").

18 January 2015 - 7 June 2015

From January 18 to June 7, Museum Het Domein in Sittard (NL) is host to Koen Vanmechelen's This Is Not a Chicken.

10 December 2014

On the 10th of December, Koen Vanmechelen will take part in a panel discussion about the role of art in politics in the context of the play Leni & Susan, dramatizing the (fictional) meeting between Leni Riefenstahl and Susan Sontag.

27 November 2014 - 6 January 2015

From the 27th of Novermber 2014 to the 6th of January 2015, a glass sculpture by Koen Vanmechelen is featured at the third edition of "Manualmente", an exhibition on manually produced glass art.

15 November 2014 - 14 December 2014

Koen Vanmechelen is a conceptual artist who explores the social function of art. For over 20 years he has been making mixed media work around a central t...

7 November 2014

In the heart the exhibitions devoted to Rubens and to painting in Siena, BOZAR AGORA is hosting round-table discussions on the role of culture in the European project and on the relations between citizens and the world of politics. At each table there is an extra theme to be discussed. Take your place alongside an artist and a political leader and get involved in their intense conversations.

5 November 2014 - 8 February 2015

Today the world is in the hands of a neo-liberal system that influences our economic, educational, political, social and philosophic values. We are all n...

25 October 2014 - 19 January 2015

With Signature, Koen Vanmechelen transforms the recently opened Guy Pieters Gallery in Knokke in a temple of biocultural diversity. For the artist, biocu...

18 October 2014 - 1 April 2015

Remembering, helping, reflecting and connecting: those are the four main goals of ComingWorldRememberMe (CWRM). CWRM is the visual arts component of GoneWest, a four-year project by order of the province of West-Flanders to commemorate the Great War. By organizing thousands of (inter)national CWRM-workshops and exhibitions, the non-profit organization Kunst and Koen Vanmechelen want to bring people together to reflect open-mindedly on the core themes of the project. For the first exhibition COMBAT @ CWRM curator Jan Moeyaert selected works of Vanmechelen that translate these same ideas. Focal piece is the monumental 3m by 2m bronze sculpture, Carried by Generations, that the artist made specifically for this project and of which the content is being protected by owls.

5 October 2014 - 5 January 2016

Ik, Jij, Wij (I, you, we) is a travelling exhibition and forum organized by Rasa and aimed at children and young adults from age ten to sixteen dealing with the notion of identity, as well as how this identity is formed.

2 October 2014 - 19 December 2014

Rurart, the Centre of modern art, holds a unique place in the French artworld. Situated next to the university of Agriculture, the center is known for its focus on bioart and strong educational program. With three exhibitions per year, they exhibited among others Eduardo Kac, Santiago Sierra and Jeremy Hutchison. For the fall, artist Koen Vanmechelen is occupying the space with a solo exhibition entiteled ‘Never Green – C.C.P.’.

25 September 2014 - 25 January 2015

Koen Vanmechelen for A Touch of Steel – Travelling exhibition ‘A Touch of Steel’ is a travelling exhibition organized by The Roya...

13 September 2014 - 14 December 2014

The Museum to Scale is not a maquette for a building project, but a contemporaray version of the Wunderkammern that were the forerunners of the modern museum. This project, initiated by Ronny van de Velde, is a large collection of small original showcases, set up to make us think about the role of scale and format in art, about the distance traveled between idea and execution, about the changing status and presentations of works of art. The aim is an enhanced involvement on the part of the viewer; a contemporary variation on pleasure and learning.

8 September 2014 - 16 September 2014

From the 7th of September until the 15th of September, an international and interdisciplinary team of thinkers, experts and scientists will travel to Arusha, Tanzania to set up an ‘Arena de Evolución’ with the aim to gather knowledge, inspired by the Maasai. This will be the second Arena, organised within the framework of Vanmechelen’s project for the ‘Bienal de La Habana, Cuba 2015’.

1 September 2014 - 25 September 2014

RE ART is a new project that wants to engage artists with dynamic enterprises. These collaborations are rare, since finding the right approach for a j...

1 September 2014 - 1 September 2016

Chamber is a boutique of limited edition design, objects and art, in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. The space’s unique concept and reta...

4 July 2014 - 31 August 2014

For the expo ‘Bloed’ (BLOOD); artists from ARTISIT are teamed up with Belgian artists and invited to engage in dialogue about the central theme. The resulting installations are presented within the walls of the landcommandery of Alden-Biesen. 

21 June 2014 - 22 June 2014

Koen Vanmechelen’s work will be exhibited at a two-day long art fair, organised by the Leuven Cord Blood Bank. President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, and chairman of the Cord Blood Bank, Marc Boogaerts, will initiate the official opening.

7 June 2014 - 23 November 2014

On the occasion of the 14th International Architecture Biennale in Venice, curated this year by Rem Koolhaas, Lisson Gallery and Berengo Studio present an exhibition addressing the complex relationship between art and the public realm. One of the selected artists is Koen Vanmechelen. His work In Captivity – C.C.P. two glass panels of 2m70 on 1m, holding together more than 700 glass eggs is a reference to a glass wall that we are constructing for a sanatorium in Sint-Truiden (Belgium). In Captivity is part of an exceptional architectural and philosophical project in which eldercare and child care are being brought together at one location. In itself, the work refers to the egg as a protected environment and a source of life but also as a cage, a restriction from which we have to break free.

5 June 2014 - 1 January 2015

At living tomorrow a platform for future-oriented art will be created.
The presentation of the works is not displayed as in a gallery, but is exhibited in a symbiotic integration with an eye on a future way of life.

22 May 2014

 Some virtuosos express their talents through clay, paint, wood, words or dance. For others, the media are the very cells and molecules of the human body. Each expert excels in his or her chosen field, and on one unprecedented night in May, they will come together in Detroit for a gala celebration: An Evening of Art + Science.

This unique fundraising event will unveil the works inspired by the pairing of 11 physician-researchers of the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute with noted artists from the Detroit area and beyond. For months, the artists have been meeting with their medical counterparts to discuss the creativity that abounds in their respective disciplines, and to gain ideas and inspiration from the medical research being conducted by these dedicated clinician-scientists from the University of Michigan.

15 May 2014 - 18 January 2015

cosmOpolitan gallery is proud to present their second exhibiton with works of Koen Vanmechelen. 

13 May 2014

Since 25 years, Quintessence Consulting has been offering customised HR solutions. On the occasion of their anniversary, this dynamic enterprise is organising an event called ‘The Best is Yet to Come’. The latter is something Koen Vanmechelen is keen to endorse. 

9 May 2014

Elaborating on the core concepts of his work and, more specifically, his world-renowned Cosmopolitan Chicken Project, the artist will provide participants with an insight in his ideologies and artistic process. The lecture is centred around biocultural diversity and will touch upon themes such as true cosmopolitanism, genetic manipulation, and his constant use of the chicken as a metaphor for the human condition. After the lecture, an enthralling workshop will take place.

7 May 2014

 Elaborating on the core concepts of his work and, more specifically, his world-renowned Cosmopolitan Chicken Project, the artist will provide participants with an insight in his ideologies and artistic process. This lecture is centred around biocultural diversity and will touch upon themes such as true cosmopolitanism, genetic manipulation, and his constant use of the chicken as a metaphor for the human condition. After the lecture, an enthralling workshop will take place.

24 April 2014 - 29 June 2014

A work of art resounds with echoes, connections, vibrations altogether emotional, spiritual and intellectual. Whether holding a mirror to by-gone days or offering a snapshot of a moment, a work of art recreates an era and reflects light on its surrounding world.

22 April 2014 - 29 September 2014

This season the Broelmuseum programs a remarkable exhibition titled ‘Capita Selecta’. For this purpose the museum collaborates with the local departement of international network Junior Chamber International.

21 April 2014

On Monday April 21, Easter monday, the mobile atelier ComingWorldRememberMe (CWRM) at Sint-Truiden ends on festive note. From March 29 til April 19 participants are able to make and become godfather of his or her own clay statue, in representation of a on Belgian soil fallen victim during the Great War.

11 April 2014 - 26 April 2014

Auction house Bernaerts will function as host for a charity art exhibition, curated by Flor Bex and set up by Entrepreneurs Without Frontiers (EWF). Amongst other artists such as Luc Tuymans and Dirk Braeckman, Koen Vanmechelen will participate in this charity event.

5 April 2014

The Philosophy Feast (Feest van de Filosofie) is an annual interdisciplinary day which aims to introduce philosophical reflection through lectures, workshops, debates, exhibitions and performances. This year, together with the KULeuven, the Institute for Philosophy focuses on Man and Technology.

1 April 2014 - 27 July 2014

 This spring, Koen Vanmechelen will showcase a number of his works in the castle of Chimay. The rich history and constant evolutions of the castle, the ancient castle has been recently renovated, and the many noble families that have resided here form the perfect backdrop to Vanmechelen’s diversity-focused work.

29 March 2014 - 21 March 2014

Koen Vanmechelen and non-profit organisation Ku(n)st are collaborating on the unique project ComingWorldRememberMe (CWRM) as part of  the commemoration activities for the Great War (GoneWest). This project’s goal is to entice 600.000 participants, each of which will become godfather of his or her own clay statue, in representation of all on Belgian soil fallen victims during the Great War.

28 March 2014

The CWRM kick off  will take place on March 28 in Sint-Truiden, in presence of honorary citizen and artist Koen Vanmechelen. Vanmechelen and non-profit organisation Ku(n)st collaborate on this unique project as part of the commemoration activities for the Great War (GoneWest).

21 March 2014

Koen Vanmechelen was invited to give a lecture for the Sint Truiden Lion's Club on the 21th of March.

19 March 2014

Uitgelezen is an unique, literary night without writers but with a committed and enthusiastic panel. Their assignment is to dissect three books and give personal reading tips.

15 March 2014 - 31 July 2014

The Museum to Scale is not a maquette for a building project, but a contemporaray version of the Wunderkammern that were the forerunners of the modern museum. This project, initiated by Ronny van de Velde, is a large collection of small original showcases, set up to make us think about the role of scale and format in art, about the distance traveled between idea and execution, about the changing status and presentations of works of art. The aim is an enhanced involvement on the part of the viewer; a contemporary variation on pleasure and learning.

5 March 2014 - 7 March 2014

Loitering with Intent: A Feast of Research that brings together Stockholm University of the Arts and the Society for Artistic Research to explore formats for sharing knowledge that emerge from artistic research practices.

1 March 2014

Koen Vanmechelen will be present at the 3rd general assembly of the project ‘New Narrative for Europe’, hosted by President Barroso and Chancellor Merkel at the Akedemie der Künste in Berlin.

1 March 2014 - 16 March 2014

On invitation of Rotary Waregem, Koen Vanmechelen will use the desacralized old church in Vichte to exhibit a number of works of the Cosmopolitan Chicken Project.The title of the expo, The Pied Chapel, refers to Vanmechelen’s desire to turn the common trope of art as a white chapel on its head.

31 January 2014 - 15 March 2014

Health - something of value is a group exhibit curated by Sven Vanderstichelen. It brings together the works of more than fifty Belgian artists, gathered from the collections of the Belgian Senate, six banks, and the museum Dr. Guislain.

20 January 2014 - 2 February 2014

A selection of Koen Vanmechelen's art will be featured at BRAFA, the Brussels Antiques and Art Fair, from January 25 to February 2 in Tour & Taxis.

16 January 2014

On the 16th of January, Koen Vanmechelen will give a talk at the New Year's reception of hardware giant Dell, in Brussels.

16 January 2014

On the 16th of January 2014, Koen Vanmechelen will give a talk at the service club Fifty One, Sint Truiden.

7 December 2013

On December 7, Koen Vanmechelen's new Cuban Project, Arena de Evolución, will be officially launched in the Open University of Diversity. The kick-off will take the form of a symposium highlighting the core themes of the new project. There will be speakers from several disciplines, both artistic and scientific.

6 December 2013 - 7 December 2013

 Belgian marketing organization STIMA is hosting its yearly two-day conference STIMAC in Ghent on December 6-7. This year’s theme is Hybrid Marketing, and Koen Vanmechelen has been invited as one of the speakers, because of his years-long experience creating cross-pollination and hybridity.

6 December 2013 - 6 April 2014

We are pleased to announce that Koen Vanmechelen is invited for a group exhibition at the Museum for Contemporary Art in Sanya (China), together with an international selection of artists, including different Japanese, Korean and Chinese artists such as Sakarin Krue-on, Lu Hao and Yefeng Wang. The exhibition is part of the international contemporary art exhibition at the art Festival Art Sanya.

27 November 2013 - 26 February 2014

Glasstress White Light | White Heat will touch down in London for the first time in its history. For this edition of Glasstress, curator James Putnam selected Koen Vanmechelen with Under my Skin, a splendid coat made from chickens.

9 November 2013 - 18 January 2014

This winter, Vanmechelen’s work will be included in group exhibition The Works: recent painting, sculpture and video at the ConnerSmith gallery in Wahington D.C.

30 October 2013

Koen Vanmechelen will give a talk and engage in a workshop at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg in their lecture series “Science in the (Art) Laboratory”.

19 October 2013 - 15 December 2013

Koen Vanmechelen contributes to Wim Wauman’s Paraphernalia, a contemplation of inspirational objects in photographs – CC De Garage, Mechelen

13 October 2013

On Sunday October 13, Kunst Privé invites private art collection in Flanders and Brussels to open up there doors for the main public. For the first time, the general public is allowed a sneak peak in some of the most important private art collections of more than 25 different companies, private collectors and musea.

12 October 2013 - 5 April 2014

New solo exhibition, Amphitheatrum, with works of Koen Vanmechelen in the cosmOpoltian gallery.

12 October 2013 - 2 February 2014

The Museum to Scale is not a maquette for a building project, but a contemporary version of the Wunderkammern that were the forerunners of the modern museum. This project, initiated by Ronny van de Velde, is a large collection of small original showcases, set up to make us think about the role of scale and format in art, about the distance traveled between idea and execution, about the changing status and presentations of works of art. The aim is an enhanced involvement on the part of the viewer; a contemporary variation on pleasure and learning.

5 October 2013

For their annual congress, Domus Medica (the society of Flemish GP’s) invited Koen Vanmechelen as a key note speaker. Building on a tradition of more than 40 years, this congress was originally set up to confront doctors with the more social and psychological issues they encounter in their daily practice. 


3 October 2013

Each year the department of Youth care organises the ‘Day of Youth care’. At this event the Price ‘youth care’ is awarded. This year’s theme is ‘culture within the special youth care’.

26 September 2013

DAFNAE (the department of agronomy food, matural resources, animals and environment of the Padua University) is organizing the 8th edition of the Poultry Genetics Symposium in Venice. It is attended by poultry scientsts, geneticists and poultry breeding companies. Vanmechelen is invited to give a lecture on his Cosmopolitan Chicken Project and the scientific research behind it. 

26 September 2013 - 28 September 2013

 At the end of September, the electronic arts take over the Centre for Fine Arts for the second edition of the BOZAR ELECTRONIC ARTS FESTIVAL, three days and nights devoted to electronic culture. Whether in music, audio-visual installations, performances, or workshops, the festival aims to introduce visitors to the artists who are making things happen in these disciplines today.

14 September 2013 - 31 October 2013

Three generations of Belgian artists will be on display at the centre of Hasselt (old sodermans building). Art Attack transformed the empty building into an asylum for visual arts. 

7 September 2013

During the Ars Electronica Festival in September, the winners of the Golden Nicas and Awards of Distinction are invited to present their projects at the Prix Ars Electronica Forum.

5 September 2013 - 9 September 2013

Ars Electronica made its debut on September 18, 1979. This festival of art, technology and society spotlighted the emerging Digital Revolution. Within a few years, Ars Electronica developed into one of the world’s foremost media art festivals. And its growing success was paralleled by the expansion of its annual lineup of events. The 1979 festival proudly presented 20 artists and scientists; in 2008, no fewer than 484 speakers and artists from 25 countries were in attendance. For more than three decades now, this world-renowned event has provided an annual setting for artistic and scientific encounters with social and cultural phenomena that are the upshot of technological change. Symposia, exhibitions, performances and interventions carry these inquiries beyond the confines of conventional conference spaces and cultural venues and take them out into the public sphere and throughout the cityscape.

5 September 2013 - 15 September 2013

INTERACTIVE, PLAYFUL, TECHNICALLY and ARTISTICALLY HIGHLY SOPHISTICATED - the OK presents the CyberArts 2013, an exhibition within the Ars Electronica. Emerging from the Prix Ars Electronica, the international competition of computer art, the displayed works set a standard and represent the best of digital art from all over the world. 

5 September 2013

The Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs of Austria invited artist Koen Vanmechelen for their upcoming annual ‘Auslandskulturtagung’. During this conference, the Austrian Cultural Fora and Austrian Embassies abroad come together to meet project partners in Austria: artists, scientists, academics and cultural managers. 

4 September 2013 - 15 September 2013

After the successful second edition of Hotel de Inmigrantes, Cosmopolitan Stranger, the third edition will take place in Hannover (DE) at Kunsthalle Faust (by Harro Schmidt). Crossing Space wants to open an intercultural forum, an underground arena in the former Albert Schweitzer School. Several international artists and curators are invited to become a temporary immigrant; private and public and are forced into a temporarily ‘no rules area’, a rededication of public space.

1 September 2013 - 1 September 2014

‘Kunst en Cultuur aan huis’ aims to create more visibility for Belgian art and culture in the Netherlands. Every year a new partner is solicited to make a selection out of the Belgian artworks and make a presentation at the Belgian embassy of The Hague.

This year’s focus is on Limburg, hence Z33 (house for contemporary art in Hasselt), under the title ‘Kunst en Cultuur aan Huis. Limburg te gast: First we take The Hague, then we take Berlin’, selected 17 artist from Limburg to show their works in this magnificent residency.

25 August 2013 - 25 August 2014

Metanoia; μετά (metá) (meaning "beyond" or "after") and νόος (noeō) (meaning "perception" or "understanding" or "mind"). “To grasp the meaning of metanoia is to grasp the deeper meaning of ‘learning’, because learning also involves a fundamental shift or movement of mind.” (The Fifth Discipline, Senge, 2000)

24 August 2013 - 15 September 2013

Through out the last year, the village As has built up a noteworthy art collection. The town council set up a sculpture route next to all the artworks in the village.
Fire – C.C.P., artwork of Koen Vanmechelen, will be presented on the 31st of August 2013. Vanmechelen’s sculpture visualises one of the first crossings in his Cosmopolitan Chicken Project.

31 July 2013

Changes in the positioning of international LGBT rights (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community) in recent months, including marriage in France, the USA, Uruguay, New Zealand and Argentina; changes in African Commonwealth countries as well as in Eastern Europe – all of this has provided some breathing space for LGBT people. A conference in this new context cannot simply focus on the past: it must become a gathering which proposes solutions for people fighting and struggling everywhere on our planet.

9 July 2013 - 9 November 2013

“The "plain" notebook has been used for decades by children and adults all over the country, it is also the cheapest. These days, when the market is flooded with colorful beautiful notebooks, with 3D prints of hello kitty and the Transformers, the plain notebook was cast aside as a washed-out starlet.”

Inspired by this observation, curator Guy Morag challenged several international artists to create a work of art from, what he calls, the plainest and cheapest of materials.
To date, over 350 artists from 45 different countries participated in this wide-scope project, contributing unique pieces in a variety of techniques: two-dimensional, sculptures and 3D, video works and spatial installations.

6 July 2013 - 1 September 2013

Our first cry is one for love; “Over de liefde die we niet ontvangen”. For this year’s edition of the art festival of Watou, the words of Bart Moeyeart serve as a guide. 

4 July 2013 - 18 August 2013

Kortrijk Vlaandert, an art parcours throughout the city of Kortrijk, selected 18 artists from 9 Belgian provinces. Vanmechelen presents a.o. Grale – C.C.P.,  (presented last year at COMBAT, Vanmechelens solo exhibiton at Landcommandery Alden Biesen).

26 June 2013 - 31 August 2013

With the Vlieg (Fly) campaigns; Cultuurnet Vlaanderen, an organisation that at the request of the Flemish authorities tries to give (more) people (more) appetite for (more) culture, literally pulls thousands of children over the treshold of the cultural institutions. 

8 June 2013 - 30 September 2013

The 10th edition of Beelden op de Berg, titled (Re)source, revolves around authenticity and manipulation. The setting is the Arboretum in Wageningen. The scientific tree garden plays an important role in this exhibition. (Re)source explores the values involving the scientific character of this arboretum and searches for societal relevance and artistic originality. Curator Koos Flinterman chose Koen Vanmechelen’s landscape installation Modified Spaces, a gigantic cage that shelters the Red Jungle Fowl, the ancestor of all chicken races because of its perfect fit in this exposition where art and science meet.

7 June 2013 - 8 September 2013

In Merano, on the occasion of the 55th Biennale di Venezia and 3rd edition of "Glasstress", the expo "Murano>

1 June 2013

We Curate refers to a consortium’s search for the changing role of art organizations in society.

In their kick off seminar, keynote speakers as Shaheen Merali, Mia Ridge and Helen Weinstein will look how art institutions can become more inclusive. Koen Vanmechelen is invited to participate in the debate on post globalisation and to give a lecture on his installation Evolution of a Hybrid and his Cosmopolitan Chicken Project

1 June 2013 - 30 September 2013

For Pavilion 0, Koen Vanmechelen was inspired by the theme of diversity, mutual curiosity and identity. During the Biennial of Venice, he will present ‘Evolution of a Hybrid – CC®P’ in this utopian set-up.

31 May 2013 - 24 November 2013

For White Light / White Heat the artists are asked to respond to the theme of light and heat, the components of fire, the destructive/creative element linked to the formation of the universe and primal matter from chaos. The energy from the sun’s rays provides the light and heat essential to all life forms and survival on this planet. Light and heat are fundamental for glass making - light is integral to our perception of glass while heat is required to shape it.

22 May 2013 - 22 September 2013

For the second time in a row, Koen Vanmechelen participates in the International Sculpture Route Amsterdam; ArtZuid. This year Henk van Os, professor of Art and Society at the University of Amsterdam and former director of the Rijksmuseum, has been chosen to select the sculptures.

10 May 2013 - 10 October 2013

For the inauguration of LOMAK; Loois museum voor Actuele Kunst, artist Koen Vanmechelen was asked to create the first installation for this exceptional museum. By order of Kiwanis Tessenderlo Alchemia, Jeff Rutten designed a unique mini museum that can only be viewed at by use of a telescope.

1 May 2013 - 31 August 2013

For this year’s special edition of the ‘O-Parade’; the ‘best of 64 years’; parade floats designed by among others Koen Vanmechelen, Nicky Vankets, Koenraad Tinel, Linde Hermans and Wim Delvoye will (re)fill the streets of Genk.

19 April 2013 - 22 April 2013

Artwork of Koen Vanmechelen will be on display at this year’s 47th edition of ART COLOGNE, the world's oldest and longest running fair for 20th and 21st century fine art.

2 April 2013 - 15 May 2013

Gallerija Kapelica’s invitation brought Koen Vanmechelen to the 17th crossing in the Cosmopolitan Chicken Project.

In cooperation with the University of Ljubljana, Koen decided to mix the brave and temperamental characteristics of the Slovenian Styrian hen with the Mechelse Senegal. The Styrian hen is a breed originated from the Styria region in Austria and Slovenia and faced extinction several times.

20 March 2013

“The pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human desire. A universal concept that is recognisable in art.

Last year the United Nations General Assembly designated 20 March as the International Happiness Day in the belief that the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal. Bozar, the Centre for Fine Arts has chosen to mark this event with a debate about this universal concept, in partnership with the United Nations.

17 March 2013

For their next edition, the creative brains behind Opkras Kuiten will occupy deSingel in Antwerpen. Theme of this edition is the current crisis. Can this crisis also be the start of something new? Is it not also a reason for celebration?

From politics to theater and back again, they talk, perform and reflect on the central theme. And since they invited Koen Vanmechelen as one of the central guest, we’ll also make a detour via art.

16 March 2013

On March 16, CVO VSPW-Hasselt organises 'Het Appèl van de Kip, an evening where art and gastronomy meet. Enjoy lectures from Koen Vanmechelen and Piet Stockman, between the culinary meals.

1 March 2013 - 27 April 2013

The exposition Vrouwenkuren organised by the department IPSOC of the university college KATHO in cooperation with the Dr. Ghislain museum in Ghent, runs until the 26thof April.

This exposition wants to question the debate of the position of women in psychiatry now and in the past. Koen Vanmechelen contributes to this exposition with his new work Frantic – C.C.P. A work based on the psychology and anthropology of the interaction between men and women.

1 March 2013 - 7 April 2013

Vera Vermeersch, tapestry weaver, will present her work in the cultural centre of Hasselt. Most of them are contemporary carpets that are being tufted in her studio and are designed by Belgian and international artists, designers and architects. For this exposition Vermeersch transformed one of Vanmechelen's works, Tabula Rasa, into a magnificent tapestry.

25 February 2013

Koen Vanmechelen is asked by Het Paleis to be a guest speaker at the 3rd Kinderkunstendag (Art day for children). On February 25, different artists, scientists, politician and policymakers like Jan Peumans, Bruno Vanobbergen,  Chantal Pattyn, Monica de Coninck and others will speak about their vision on children and art.

Practical information;

Monday February 25, from 2 PM till 5 PM (lecture Koen Vanmechelen at 3h40 PM)

Het Paleis
Grote Zaal
2000 Antwerpen 


More: www.kinderkunstendag.be

14 February 2013 - 14 March 2013

On the 13th of February, the exhibition ‘Cultural Freedom in Europe’ opens its doors in Brussels. This group expo with 29 artists from all around Europe is part of Europe (to the power)-n, a project of the Excellence Initiative of the Goethe-institute.

After his contribution to the ‘Scenarios about Europe’ expo at the GFZK in Leipzig in 2011, Koen Vanmechelen is now reselected by curator Filip Luyckx with his works ‘Pedigree – C.C.P.’, a complete pedigree of the Cosmopolitan Chicken Project and ‘Hybridity in Art & Science – C.C.P.’ which was also part of dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel and is now simultaneously being shown at the Walloon parliament.

Vernissage 13th February 2013 / 5 P.M. Goethe Institut Brussel, Belliardstraat 58, 1040 Brussels, Belgium / 6.30 P.M. / The European Economic and Social Committee and Committee of the Regions, Belliardstraat 99, 1040 Brussels.
Symposium on 14th February 2013 / 2 P.M. – 6 P.M. / JDE 52

Registration for the vernissage and the symposium is required.

6 February 2013

Gallery WassermanProjects in Detroit invited Koen Vanmechelen to give a lecture about his newest solo exhibition Inception – Cosmopolitan Chicken Project and the philosophy of his Cosmopolitan Chicken Project.

5 February 2013

Gallery WassermanProjects in Detroit invited Koen Vanmechelen to give a lecture about his newest solo exhibition Inception – Cosmopolitan Chicken Project and the philosophy of his Cosmopolitan Chicken Project.

1 February 2013 - 30 April 2013

The group exposition ‘L’origine de l’œuvre’ opens on Tuesday February 7 at 6 pm. Koen Vanmechelen presents his works ‘Symbiosis – C.C.P.’ and ‘Hybridity in Art and Science – C.C.P.’. The latter was first presented at dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, an exposition Koen Vanmechelen was proud to be a part of. Lieux Communs is a contemporary art platform who’s objective is to bring art to common places. This time the exposition takes place in the Walloon parliament.

1 February 2013 - 9 March 2013

“Wherever the Cosmopolitan Chicken has landed, it invades and changes the dreams and perceptions of people who come to see it”, Koen Vanmechelen, January, 2013

Koen Vanmechelen is invited by WassermanProjects for the inaugural exhibition at their new gallery in Detroit (Michigan, US). WassermanProjects opens on February 1 with Vanmechelens newest solo exhibition Inception – Cosmopolitan Chicken Project.

25 January 2013 - 14 April 2013

From January 25 until April 14 Koen Vanmechelen presents his work ‘The Walking Egg’, a mixed media installation, at Transformation, the fifth group exposition in Garage Rotterdam. The installation consists out of lambda prints of the magazine Facts, Views & Visions with works of Koen Vanmechelen and contains abstracts of scientific papers, video and a golden egg with an impossible date.

The exposition features, besides Vanmechelen, other artists such as Floris Kaayk, Jeroen Kuster and many more. The artists share a fascination with life, death and its controllability. They use scientific developments and personal motivations as a foundation for their art.

19 January 2013 - 27 January 2013



The 58th Brussels Antiques and Fine Arts Fair takes place for the tenth time in the huge halls of Tour & Taxis. 122 art dealers are representing many different countries such as Italy, France, Great Britain and Belgium. Guy Pieters Gallery presents works of Koen Vanmechelen (Boot 46).

You can visit this internationally acknowledged art fair from 19- 27 January 2013.

Location: Tour & Taxis, Havenlaan 86 C, B-1000 Brussel.

Date and opening hours: Saturday 19 – Sunday 27 January 2013 daily from 11 am to 7 pm

                                         Late opening on Tuesday 22 and Thursday 24 January until 10 pm

17 December 2012 - 17 December 2000

Koen Vanmechelen is invited to give a lecture, this monday December 17 at Tori Oso (Paramaribo).

12 December 2012

start of a new campagne of Bond zonder Naam; Eenzaamheid

11 December 2012

B-Classic - Festival van Vlaanderen presents Stef Kamil Carlens (Zita Swoon Group) en Ludo Mariën in COMBAT with Koen Vanmechelen.

Open air concert

11 december 2012
7.30 PM
Entrance: 25 euro

Reserve your ticket via ticket@b-classic.be
tickets at the door on 11/12; from 6.30 PM

Dress warmly and bring your blanket!

Landcommandery Alden Biesen
Kasteelstraat 6
3740 Bilzen

32 [0]89 51 93 51

24 November 2012

At the occasion of the 25th anniversary of its fertility clinic AZ Groeninge presents an artproject with the egg as focal point. Throughout the city of Kortrijk, painted eggs of 50 cm height are on display. Afterwards, on November 24, they will be auctioned and the benefit goes to The Walking Egg Project of Koen Vanmechelen and prof. dr. Willem Ombelet. 

12 October 2012 - 28 October 2012

Koen Vanmechelen is selected with his work 'Forever - C.C.P. for the exhibition BONES by LABO. It will be on display in CIAP (Hasselt) from October 12 till October 28.

9 October 2012 - 16 December 2012

Between October 7th and December 16th Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen will fight his own work and the Teutonic Order in the double exhibition COMBAT. Main location is the Landcommandery of Alden Biesen, artgallery De Mijlpaal in Heusden-Zolder, by Lut Maris, is the second location.

5 October 2012

Koen Vanmechelen is asked to speak at the Informal Summit in Ghent.

28 September 2012 - 30 September 2012

Koen Vanmechelen's works Moments of Fame and 30-02-2010 will be presented at Art Platform - Los Angeles by Amstel Gallery, an artgallery in Amsterdam. The second edition of Art Platform - Los Angeles, a fair for modern and contemporary art, takes place in the Barker Hanger, next to the Santa Monica Airport.

8 September 2012

Koen Vanmechelen is invited by the Nanjing Agricultural University to give a lecture about the Open University of Diversity and his projects.

9 June 2012 - 16 September 2012

For the next edition of documenta curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev invited Koen Vanmechelen with his Cosmopolitan Chicken Project for one of the most important expo’s in the world. Documentation from this project will be part of ‘The Worldly House'; an archive inspired by Donna Haraway’s writings on multi-species co-evolution compiled and presented by Tue Greenfort and part of dOCUMENTA (13)

Location: 187, Karlsaue Parc
9/6 – 16/9 2012
Kassel (DE)

29 January 2012

Uitgelezen is a yearly book program where prominent book lovers read a selection of novels and share their findings with the public. The tenth edition of Uitgelezen takes place January 29 in the Vooruit in Ghent and features artist Koen Vanmechelen and director Alain Platel as guests.

Together with hostess Fien Sabbe and panellists Anna Luyten and Jos Geysels they discuss ‘Berichten uit Homs’ by Jonathan Littell, ‘Maanstorm’ by Antonio Munoz Molina and ‘Kikkers’ by Noble prize winner Mo Yan.

During this evening you can also enjoy music of Geike, a poetry reading by Charles Ducal and see previews of the comic ‘t Van Beversplein, the new unpublished work of Arne Sierens.

This edition fits in the framework of the Dag van de cultuureducatie, with as theme Lopend VUUR: meesterschap en engagement, which features a lecture from Koen Vanmechelen.

Free entrance, but limited seats. So be there early.

More information: http://vooruit.be/nl/event/3283?genre=literatuur

Location: Theaterzaal Vooruit

                Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 23

                9000 Ghent 

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