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b. 1965, Belgium

Koen Vanmechelen Biography

Koen Vanmechelen, born in Sint-Truiden (BE). Lives and works in Meeuwen-Gruitrode and Genk (BE). His work centres around the themes of biocultural diversity and identity. Vanmechelen is widely known for his Cosmopolitan Chicken Project (C.C.P). Central tropes are the chicken and the interbreeding of native chicken species into ʻCosmopolitan Chickensʼ. With the C.C.P., Vanmechelen positions art categorically where it belongs: in the middle of society, engaging with people, always committed. These ideas are expanded on at the Open University of Diversity, Vanmechelen's breeding place covering his international foundations.

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Vanmechelen's oeuvre is as diverse and hybrid as the Cosmopolitan Chicken itself. It is an enigmatic mix of paintings, drawings, photography, innovative 3D-techniques, video, installations and bronze, marble and wooden sculptures. The unifying theme remains the chicken and the egg. But nothing is what it seems. The core of the project is the process of crossbreeding and the diversity it begets.

Koen Vanmechelen Featured Artworks

Vision of the Owl - CCP by Koen Vanmechelen contemporary artwork print
Koen VanmechelenVision of the Owl - CCP, 2017Print on dipond
42 x 28 cm
Mimmo Scognamiglio Artecontemporanea Contact Gallery
Sjaman by Koen Vanmechelen contemporary artwork sculpture
Koen VanmechelenSjaman, 2013Taxidermic chickens, bronze skull
57 x 59 x 17 cm
Mimmo Scognamiglio Artecontemporanea Contact Gallery
Shaaman (Vision of the Owl – CCP) by Koen Vanmechelen contemporary artwork sculpture
Koen VanmechelenShaaman (Vision of the Owl – CCP), 2017Print on plexi, wood, stainless steel
213 x 153 cm
Mimmo Scognamiglio Artecontemporanea Contact Gallery
Sjamaan by Koen Vanmechelen contemporary artwork mixed media
Koen VanmechelenSjamaan, 2013Chicken taxidermy, bronze skull
60 x 55 x 20 cm
La Patinoire Royale – galerie Valérie Bach Contact Gallery

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