Koen Vanmechelen is an internationally acclaimed conceptual artist, whose practice ranges across all media from paintings, sculpture and video to large bio-
International Archives 1st half of 2018
Exhibition May 19 -
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The exhibition also introduces the Mechelse Maatiaiskana, the 22nd generation of Vanmechelen’s world-
Vanmechelen works at the intersection of art, nature and science. Key concepts of his art include evolution, diversity, domestication, and cross-
“An artist is motivated by the desire to change the world, not by the power to possess it,” says Vanmechelen. He sees that the time of silence and contemplation has ended, and people have to act. “We need to start taking diversity seriously. There is no ‘in between’ anymore. We have to break the cage of monoculture, and this breathtaking museum in Mänttä seems to be the right place for that switch.”
The exhibition is curated by Timo Valjakka in cooperation with JSVCProjects/London. It is accompanied by a fully illustrated 144-
The Serlachius Museums are located in the small town of Mänttä in Central Finland. Mänttä, which developed around the paper industry in the late 19th century, has undergone industrial restructuring, but in recent years has risen to become one of Finland’s best known art towns.
Koen Vanmechelen, Evolution I, 2018. Indian pigments, egg yolk, feathers CCP, grain, pencil, chalk, paint, 490 x 320 cm. © Koen Vanmechelen. Photo by Kris Vervaeke.