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Golden Cord, OutinG, Hofke van Chantraine, Oud-Turnhout (BE), 28 January – 26 February 2023

Hofke van Chantraine Arts Center invites artist Koen Vanmechelen for the exhibition 'OutinG'. The group exhibition aims to put the art heritage of Oud-Turnhout more prominently on the map. The exhibition OutinG therefore shows works by artists who in recent years installed one or more works in the public space, including Philip Aguirre y Otegui, Koen Vanmechelen & Luk Van Soom.

Golden Cord

Vanmechelen is showing two works from his Golden Cord series; a series of hybrid works of phantasmagoric, fused animals. In OutinG, he brings a bronze sculpture and an intriguing collage of the platypus; an enigmatic mammal from Australia. With a duck head, legs with fish scales and a beaver tail, the animal seems composed of different animals.

The golden horn represents the umbilical cord of connection, a connection to the rest of the world. A golden membrane extending outward - the Golden Cord - reveals that they were born from a change of environment.

Vanmechelen made the fascinating drawing during an isolation required by COVID-19 regulations. The artist only used pencil, coffee and a pen. The golden cord, the unicorn, symbolizes breaking out of a state of quarantine. Breaking boundaries, a radical action, enters into a surprising and unknown hybridity. The omega of this process is the foundation of a new world, the potential of a new being. Dasein.

In Out Cycle Route

Tourism Oud-Turnhout also linked this exhibition to a bicycle route with which art prizes can be won. The bicycle route of 18 km takes the visitor along the 19 artworks that have been realized in Oud-Turnhout. The quest - like the exhibition - runs from Jan. 28 to Feb. 26, 2023.

Participating artists:

Philip Aguirre y Otegui

Maurice Brams

Constant Grooten

Hilde Heyns

Tinka Pittoors

Roland Rens

Jef Van Leeuw

Koen Vanmechelen

Marc Struyf

May Van Miert

Tijs Van Nieuwenhuysen

Luk Van Soom

Charles Vergouwen

Chris Wens

Exhibition facts

OutinG, artOut

Hofke van Chantraine Arts Centre

Kerkstraat 46

2360 Old Turnhout

0032 14 47 94 94

28/01 -> 26/02

Fri-Sat-Sun | 1.30 pm - 5 pm

other days: by appointment only

free entrance



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