Koen Vanmechelen in permanent art collection Serlachius Museums, Finland

The Gösta Serlachius art foundation and city of Mänttä-Vilppula have made a joint acquisition for their permanent art collection. The bronze artwork T-Rex; part of Vanmechelen's summer solo exhibition It's About Time in the museum will be installed on to Seppälä’s park road, close to the town hall.

Photo: installation view, It's About Time

T-REX, 2018 Bronze, 400 x 160 x 160 cm The bronze claw of a dinosaur or a giant enlargement of a chicken leg, T-Rex refers to lurking ancient genes that are waiting to be resurrected again if the context requires. These genes are dormant but vigilant, forgotten, not lost. The beast in us never dies. It is merely forgotten, napping in the ocean of time. Awakening is not fixed – while it is certain. The beast will rise again. Domestication is a temporary cloak.

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