Uitstalling Kube

Koen Vanmechelen

Couveuse
April 1st - June 26th, 2022

COUVEUSE

Couveuse is an exhibition about unpredictability, coincidence and serendipity. The three guardians of the birth chamber of the unwritten story we call life. In a world that is becoming more and more unpredictable.

The most striking installation is an almost futuristic object. Seeds germinate under her. Beneath her grow extravagant, hybrid life forms. It concerns reptiles with a chicken head, and chickens with a reptile head.

The whole exhibition is incubating new life. Life forms that we don't really know what they are. They fascinate but also deter. The lamp is surrounded by videos showing a storm. It's about chicken semen, a fertility storm. This can give rise to enormously diverse, surprising creations. But that process can also go on and on. It might as well wipe out its creator, because it led to a proliferation of something monstrous.

The exhibition is a puzzle of ingredients that lead to life. Natural reproduction, artificial insemination, hybridity, context, danger. Together they always lead to life provided the other key element is present: the unpredictable. A small factor that leads to the deviant, the extraordinary, the other. To new life, far from the dead end street.

Koen Vanmechelen - Couveuse
Koen Vanmechelen - Couveuse

Opening Night 'Couveuse' - Uitstalling Kube

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Koen Vanmechelen - Couveuse
Koen Vanmechelen - Couveuse

Opening Night 'Couveuse' - Uitstalling Kube

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Koen Vanmechelen - Couveuse
Koen Vanmechelen - Couveuse

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KOEN VANMECHELEN

An internationally renowned artist, working across a multitude of disciplines, Koen Vanmechelen (1965) is one of the most versatile thinkers of these times. He is situated at the confluence of art, science, philosophy and community.

 

As an eternal migrant, he travels the world looking for answers to fundamental questions that touch on issues which are both timeless and acutely relevant today: identity, diversity, globalisation and human rights. He weaves those answers – always works in progress – into enigmatic artworks and projects. His quests and interdisciplinary projects invite other migrants to work together and create an awareness and a movement of communities around the world. Together, they reflect on the global legacy of the human animal and explore the different ways we choose to live and evolve together.

 

In 2010, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Hasselt and in 2013, he was awarded the prestigious Golden Nica Hybrid Art Award (Linz) and Global Artist's Award (Venice). So far, his work has been shown in more than 80 solo shows and 220 group exhibitions worldwide. As a speaker in high demand, he was invited to address the World Economic Forum (2008) and various TED conferences.

Koen Vanmechelen - No Title (Drawing)

No Title (drawing)

Steinbach drawing paper, pencil, yolk, egg-white, Indian powders, grain, 2011

140 x 104 x 4 cm (Ref 0004)

Koen Vanmechelen - No Title (Drawing)

No Title (drawing)

Drawing on paper (chalk, coffee, Indian powders, eggyolk, pencil), wooden frame, 2013

140 x 104 x 4 cm (Ref. 0005)

Koen Vanmechelen - No Title (Drawing)

No Title (drawing)

Steinbach drawing paper, pencil, yolk, egg-white, Indian powders, grain, 2011

140 x 104 x 4 cm (Ref 0006)

 
Koen Vanmechelen - No Title (Drawing)

No Title (drawing)

Steinbach drawing paper, pencil, yolk/egg-white, Indian powders, grain, 2011

104 x 140 x 4,5 cm (Ref 0012)

Koen Vanmechelen - No Title (Drawing)

No Title (drawing)

Drawing on paper (chalk, coffee, Indian powders, eggyolk, pencil), wooden frame, 2013

140 x 104 x 4 cm (Ref. No Title)

Koen Vanmechelen - No Title (Drawing)

No Title (drawing)

Steinbach drawing paper, pencil, yolk/egg-white, Indian powders, grain, 2011

104 x 140 x 4 cm (Ref 0022)

Koen Vanmechelen - No Title

No Title

Mixed media on canvas, 2019

290 x 932 x 15 cm (Ref. Neon)

Koen Vanmechelen - No Title

No Title 

Canvas, mixed media (feathers, coffee, grain, pigment powders, chalk, pencil) print on plexi, 2022 - 200 x 150 x 9 cm (Ref 2022)

Koen Vanmechelen - No Title (Painting)

No Title (painting)

Mixed media on canvas, plexi box, 2019

80 x 60 x 13 cm (Ref 7408)

Koen Vanmechelen - No Title (Painting)

No Title (Painting)

Mixed media (canvas, Indian powders, eggyolk, pencil, chalk, feathers, printed plexiglass), 2019, 200 x 150 x 9 cm (Ref 7376)

Koen Vanmechelen - Medusa CCP

Medusa - C.C.P.

Taxidermic reptile (imitation), guinea fowl, 2014 - 40 x 23 x 32 cm (Ref 2262)

Koen Vanmechelen - Medusa

Medusa

Taxidermy chicken, taxidermy reptile, 2016

32 x 88 x 39 cm (Ref 7423)

Koen Vanmechelen - Medusa

Medusa

Taxidermy chicken, taxidermy reptile, 2016

32 x 88 x 39 cm (Ref 7423)

Koen Vanmechelen - Medusa

Medusa

Taxidermy reptile, taxidermy bird of paradise, 2016 - 30 x 80 x 44 (Ref Medusa)

Koen Vanmechelen - Medusa

Medusa

Taxidermy reptile, taxidermy bird of paradise, 2016 - 30 x 80 x 44 (Ref 7275)

Koen Vanmechelen - Fables and Fantasies

Fables and Fantasies

Venetian pillow, taxidermy chicken feet, golden ring, gilded bronze thorn crown, 2016

35 x 40 x 45 cm (Ref 0533)

Koen Vanmechelen - Fables and Fantasies

Fables and Fantasies

Viennese pillow, silvered taxidermy chicken feet, gilded 3D print, 2016

22 x 45 x 45 cm (Ref 0339)

Koen Vanmechelen - The Guardians

The Guardians

Marble, bronze, 2019

157 x 36 x 36 cm, 150 x 36 x 36 cm, 157 x 36 x 36 cm (Ref. Guardians)

Koen Vanmechelen - Collective Memory

Collective Memory

Marble, gold leaf and lead lettering, 2019

55 x 28 x 22 cm (Ref BRAFA18)

Koen Vanmechelen - Collective Memory

Collective Memory

Marble, gold leaf and lead lettering, 2018

43 x 28 x 22 cm (Ref. BRAFA15)

Koen Vanmechelen - Collective Memory

Collective Memory

Marble, gold leaf and lead lettering, 2019

55 x 28 x 22 cm (Ref BRAFA21)

Koen Vanmechelen - Crossip

Crossip

Taxidermy pigs, wood, ropes, marble, 2018

207 x 160 x 125 cm (Ref Nieuw)

Koen Vanmechelen - Couveuse installation

Couveuse

lamp + 3 video + medusa (3) OR lamp + 3 video + Medusa (2), 2022 - Site specific (Ref. Couveuse)