The Ultimate Crack
An online lecture of Koen Vanmechelen
Organised by Porcelain and Glass Design at the Department of Ceramics ＆ Porcelain and Glass Design, National Academy of Art
Koen Vanmechelen (Belgium, 1965) is an acclaimed artist whose work brings together nature, science, and direct actions that contribute to the socio-economic and ecological sustainability of a community. In 2010, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Hasselt and was awarded with the Golden Nica Hybrid Art (Linz, 2013) and Global Artist’s Award (Venice, 2013). Worldwide, over 80 solo exhibitions have taken place and his work has been included in over 220 group shows. A sought-after speaker, he performed at the World Economic Forum (2008) and during various TED-conferences.
Vanmechelen is mostly known for his Cosmopolitan Chicken Project. Central to this project, in which the chicken reveals itself as both an artwork and a metaphor for society, is crossbreeding. With his work, Vanmechelen positions art categorically where it belongs: in the middle of society, engaging with people, always committed. His oeuvre is as diverse and hybrid as the Cosmopolitan Chicken itself: a unique mix of paintings, drawings, photography, innovative 3D-techniques, video, installations and wooden and glass sculptures. The unifying theme remains crossbreeding and the diversity that comes from it.
Vanmechelen has also been active as a curator since the 90s, curating among others the acclaimed GLASSTRESS series of shows that put Murano glass on the international art world map and most recently UNBREAKABLE: Women in glass, a show with more than sixty women artists at the Berengo Foundation Art Space.
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