koen Vanmechelen

"Vision of the owl"

curated by James Putnam

08.09.2017 > 04.11.2017

Koen Vanmechelen


August 26, 1965, Sint-Truiden (BE)


Marcel Habetslaan 50
3600 Genk

Honors and Awards (selection)

Golden Nica Hybrid Art, Prix Ars Electronica, Linz (AT), 2013

Best Artwork Award, ISMB/ECCB, Berlin (DE), 2013 

Pavilion 0 Global Artist’s Award, Venice (IT), 2013

Doctor Honoris Causa UHasselt, Hasselt (BE), 2010
Honorary citizenship Sint-Truiden (BE), 2005

Solo-exhibitions (selection)


ETHIOPIA, CosmOpolitan Gallery, Genk (BE)

Protected Paradise, Palazzo Franchetti, La Biennale di Venezia (IT)


ENERGY/MASS, Wasserman Projects, Detroit (US)

Planetary Community Chicken, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare (ZW)


This Is Not a Chicken, Het Domein, Sittard (NL)


Myths & Medicine, Guy Pieters Gallery, Knokke (BE)


Darwin’s Dream, The Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church, London (UK)

Never Green - C.C.P., Rurart, Poitiers (FR)

La Génération Noble - C.C.P., Château de Chimay, Chimay (BE)

Inception - C.C.P., Wasserman Projects, Detroit (US) 

Leaving Paradise, CONNERSMITH, Washington (US)

The Mechelse Styrian - 17th generation - C.C.P., Galerija Kapelica, Ljubljana (SI) 


COMBAT, Landcommandery Alden Biesen, Bilzen (BE) and Art gallery De Mijlpaal, Heusden-Zolder (BE)    

Hotel de Inmigrantes 2 – Cosmopolitan Stranger (Collateral Event Manifesta 9), Open University of Diversity, Hasselt (BE)


Nato a Venezia, Collateral Event of 54th Biennial of Venice, Venice (IT)

Cosmopolitan Chicken Project, Art Labor, Shanghai (CN)

Breaking the Cage, IKOB, Museum of Contemporary Art Eupen, Eupen (BE)


14th Generation - Mechelse Silky, Himalayas Center, Pudong Shanghai (CN) 

Cosmopolitan Chicken – Diversity, Espace Européen pour la Sculpture, Parc Tournay-Solvay, Brussels (BE) 

Group exhibitions (selection) 


GLASSTRESS, Boca Raton, Miami (US)

Force of Nature, The Art Pavilion, Mile End Park, London, (UK) 

Summer in the city, La Patinoire Royale, Brussels (BE)

Planetary Community Chicken, VII Socle du Monde, HEART, Herning, Denmark (DK)

Hair and Feathers, Musée de Flandre, Cassel (FR)


AWAKENER/LIFEBANK, DordtYart, Dordrecht (NL)

Daydreaming With... Stanley Kubrick, Sommerset House, London (UK)

LUCY BOAR, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven (NL)


Evolution of a Hybrid - CC®P, The Importance of Being..., Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, La Habana (CU), Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Buenos Aires (AR), Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro (BR)
Protected Paradise - C.C.P., Vienna for Art’s Sake, Winterpalais Prinz Eugen, Belvedere, Vienna (AT)
New Brood - C.C.P., Höhenrausch, OK Center for Contemporary Art, Linz (AT)
Under Pressure - C.C.P., Proportio, 56th Biennial of Venice, Palazzo Fortuni (IT)
Unicorn, Pro-Historic - C.C.P., Belgi. Barbi e Poeti, Musée d’Art Contemporain de la ville de Rome (IT)
Arena de Evolución, 12th la Bienal de La Habana (CU)
Cosmopolitan Chicken Kunde - C.C.P., Suriname Biennial, Moengo (SR)
Mechelse Cemani - CCP19, Human Parallels, 6th Hotel de Inmigrantes, Jogja Biennale (ID)
Labiomista, Exo-Evolution, Globale 2015, ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe (DE)


In Captivity, Genius Loci – Spirit of Place, Lisson Gallery & Berengo Studio, 55th International Architecture Biennale of Venice (IT)

Labiomista, The Green Light District, BUDA, Kortrijk (BE)
In Captivity, Glasstress Istanbul, Istanbul (TR)

Breaking the Cage - C.C.P., A touch of Steel, Klingenmuseum, Solingen (DE)
Bio-Care, An evening of Art and Science, Michigan, Detroit (USA)

In-Vetro – C.C.P., Museum to Scale 1/7, The Baker Museum, Naples, Florida (USA) 


Leaving Paradise, Art Sanya, Hainan Island (CN)

Medusa – C.C.P., Wunderkammer, Academia Belgica, Rome (IT)

Under my Skin – C.C.P., Glasstress, Wallace Collection and London School of Fashion, London (UK)

CC®P – The Cosmopolitan Chicken, Cyberarts Festival, OK Center for Contemporary Art, Linz (AT) 
Evolution of a Hybrid, BEAF13, Bozar, Brussels (BE)
Note Book, Beit Ha’ir, Tel Aviv (IL)

Some Make-Some Take – C.C.P., Hotel de Inmigrantes 3, Kunsthalle Faust, Hannover (DE)

Evolution of a Hybrid, Pavilion 0, Palazzo Donà, Biennial of Venice (IT)

Under my Skin and Patience - C.C.P., White light/White Heat, Glasstress, Biennial of Venice (IT) 

New Generation - C.C.P., Belgian Embassy (curated by Z33), The Hague (NL)

Protected Paradise, Guy Pieters Gallery, Saint Paul de Vence (FR)
Spawn - C.C.P., Murano >< Merano, Glasstress, MERANO ARTE (IT)

Cosmopolitan Fossil, The Eggcord and In Transit - C.C.P., Kunstenfestival Watou (BE)

Inzicht and Coming World - C.C.P., Artzuid, Amsterdam (NL)
Modified Spaces - C.C.P., (Re)
source, Beelden op de Berg, Wageningen (NL)
Frantic – C.C.P., The exposition Vrouwenkuren, IPSOC and Dr. Ghislain, Kortrijk (BE)
Pro-Historic, ART COLOGNE 2013, Cologne (DE)

BRAFA 2013, Tour&Taxis, Brussel (BE)


Hybridity in art and science – C.C.P., dOCUMENTA 13 (‘The Worldly House’), Kassel (DE)
Instead of sleeping, Glasstress Beirut, Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut (LBN)

Hotel de Inmigrantes – Cosmopolitan Stranger, Open University of Diversity, (Collateral event Manifesta 9) Hasselt (BE)

Entwined - C.C.P., Breaking the Mold, Glasstress, MADmuseum, New York (US)

Disabled – C.C.P., SCOPE NY, New York (US)

Coming World – C.C.P., Kunstenfestival Watou, Watou (BE)


Modified Spaces – C.C.P., 4th triennial of Guangzhou, Guangdong Museum of Art (CN)

Genetic Freedom – C.C.P., Scenarios about Europe, GFZK, Leipzig (DE)

Glasstress, Venice Projects, Venice (IT), Oslo (NO)


Mediations Biennial Beyond Mediations, Tower of Babel, Poznan (PL)

The Cosmopolitan Chicken Project - Innovations and adaptation, Dak’Art Biennial, Dakar (SN)

The Cosmopolitan Chicken – Frozen Culture Balance, Mediations, National Museum Warsaw, Warsaw (PL)

Art Amsterdam, Amsterdam (NL)

Art Paris, Paris (FR)

Arco Madrid, Madrid (ES)

The Armory Show, New York (US)

Parallellepipeda, Museum M, Leuven (BE)

FADA Los Angeles Art Show 2010, Los Angeles (US)