Hofke van Chantraine dedicated its end-of-the-year exhibition to the theme of hands. '944 Handen' lets the hands communicate their story for a change. "Not only eyes, but also hands are the mirror of the soul. They narrate the past, the profession, someone's character and what this person does with his hands. They are a biography". Koen contributes with an art piece called 'Domesticated Giant'. One marble hand,holding a chick. It symbolizes questions such as: 'Do we open or c
With ‘A Myriad of Images’ curator Filip Luyckx addresses the success and downfall of the 21st century image flood resulting from new media. The diversity of inspirations and used materials of the artists selected, show a possible alternative reality. Koen Vanmechelen’s installation INCUBATED WORLDS is based on his collaboration with International Livestock Research Institute, the Ethiopian Institute for Agricultural Research and the MOUTH Foundation. Incubated Worlds seeks to
The cosmocafé has been nominated as best bar concept by VENUEZ. Th winner will be announced in december - The cosmocafé is a continuously evolving artwork by Koen Vanmechelen. It illustrates the need for diversity and multiculturalism through the artist's work. As a visitor, you literally become a part of his art through the “art of food/food of art concept”. The crosspollination between individuals makes the world a better place. Because enjoyable get-togethers in the microc
FOOD: Bigger than the Plate will explore how innovative artists, individuals, communities and organisations are radically re-inventing how we grow, distribute and experience food. Taking visitors on a sensory journey through the food cycle, from compost to table, it poses questions about how the collective choices we make can lead to a more sustainable, just and delicious food future in unexpected and playful ways. The exhibition falls at a pivotal time where food and our rel
The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna currently hosts the world’s largest collection of paintings and other media by Pieter Breugel the Elder. In honor of the exhibition a work of Koen Vanmechelen will be shown at the accompanying Art Salon. Curator Petra Stelzer; “Both artists can be seen as chroniclers, guides and pioneers of their time. Both oeuvres accentuate the unheimliche of the seemingly banal and thereby break perception - a Bruegelian landscape is not a landscape,
The Human Rights Pavilion is an evolving artwork by renowned Belgium artist Koen Vanmechelen, initiated in the context of the 58th Biennial of Venice, 'May you live in Interesting Times', in collaboration with Global Campus of Human Rights, Fondazione Berengo and the MOUTH Foundation. With the Human Rights Pavilion, Vanmechelen explores the complexities of human nature, the possibility of a universal concept of human rights and the role of art in its development. He presents
On the 23rd of October, a new Cosmogolem will join the family of Giants of hope. With more than thirty Cosmogolem statues, worldwide, this wooden artwork emphasize the importance of children's rights. With his new giant Vanmechelen wants to give the difficult battle for children's rights in Ecuador a symbolic voice. According to Human Rights Watch, sexual violence against children in the beautiful South American country is widespread. The country also has a high percentage of
With more than 400 people, Dag van de Cosmogolem at LABIOMISTA - Studio Koen Vanmechelen was a great success! Huge thanks to everyone who made this possible, Ecuador is looking forward to their giant of hope!