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LABIOMISTA

Goele Schoofs - Process Manager - Studio Koen Vanmechelen

Marcel Habetslaan 50
B-3600 Genk
+32 495 66 67 71

goele@koenvanmechelen.be

Hanna Simons - Persverantwoordelijke LABIOMISTA - Stad Genk

Tél. +32 476 69 90 39
hanna.simons@genk.be


LABIOMISTA opens its gates

From 06/07/2019 - CPI : 05/07/2019

On 6 July 2019, LABIOMISTA officially opens its gates to the public. This unique, evolving work of art by Koen Vanmechelen is a vigorous hybrid of art, science and society. “LABIOMISTA is a homage to the mix of life itself,” says the artist, who realised this project in close partnership with the city of Genk. LABIOMISTA is the embodiment of Koen Vanmechelen’s art and philosophy. Spanning 20 years, his oeuvre is internationally acclaimed for its exploration of the intersections between art, science and community. The artist is motivated by his belief in art as a catalyst for mutual understanding and as a guiding light in our search for answers to the great challenges of the 21st century – in particular - the relationship between nature and culture, and sustainable community development. LABIOMISTA is an atypical project, emerging from a remarkable collaboration between the artist and the city of Genk. “As the most culturally diverse city in Flanders, we share Koen Vanmechelen’s conviction that diversity explains the present and shapes the future. That’s why we are confident to give him free rein with LABIOMISTA, and will work with him to produce a bountiful harvest in the fertile ground of Zwartberg, both in terms of artistic experiments and social redevelopment,” says Wim Dries, the Mayor of Genk. Four years have passed between the ground-breaking at LABIOMISTA and its public opening. It will continue to develop and mature into an exciting meeting place for diversity of all stripes, where universal socio-ecological topics take shape and become the subject of artistic discourse.

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LABIOMISTA, Campagnebeeld 2


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Portrait Koen Vanmechelen, Photo by Florian Voggeneder, 2013


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The Ark, exterior view, entrance building of LABIOMISTA, designed by Mario Botta, Genk (BE)


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The Battery – Studio Koen Vanmechelen, exterior view on eagle cage, LABIOMISTA, Genk (BE) © Koen Vanmechelen, 2018 Photo by Kris Vervaeke ...


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Collective Memory, marble sculpture underneath the Battery – Studio Koen Vanmechelen, LABIOMISTA, Genk (BE), © Koen Vanmechelen, 2018 Photo...


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Rendering LabOvo, exterior view, Cosmopolitan Culture Park, LABIOMISTA, Genk (BE), © Van Belle & Medina, Koen Vanmechelen ...


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Cosmogolem, marble, steel, 12 x 8m, Cosmopolitan Culture Park, LABIOMISTA, Genk (BE), LABIOMISTA, Genk (BE) ...


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Evening view of Villa OpUnDi and The Looking Glass and The Battery, LABIOMISTA, Genk (BE) © Koen Vanmechelen 2019 Photo by Kris Vervaeke


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Cosmopolitan Culture Park, alpacas in front of their barn with portraits of the Planetary Community Chicken, LABIOMISTA, Genk (BE)


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Construction works in the Cosmopolitan Culture Park, view on pond, LABIOMISTA, Genk (BE). © Koen Vanmechelen, 2018, Photo by Stoffel Hias.


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Toucan in The Looking Glass, exterior view the Battery – Studio Koen Vanmechelen, LABIOMISTA, Genk (BE), Vanmechelen,...


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Villa before restoration, Southwestern view, LABIOMISTA, Genk (BE) © City of Genk, 2004


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Koen Vanmechelen and his Cosmogolem, Cosmopolitan Culture Park, LABIOMISTA, Genk (BE). © Koen Vanmechelen, 2018, Photo by Studio Tropics.


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Construction works at the Cosmopolitan Culture Park, view on the Cosmogolem, LABIOMISTA, Genk (BE) © Koen Vanmechelen, 2018 Photo by the city...


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The Battery – Studio Koen Vanmechelen, exterior view on The Looking glass (green house), LABIOMISTA, Genk (BE). © Koen Vanmechelen, 2018, Photo by Philippe van Gelooven. ...


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The Battery – Studio Koen Vanmechelen, exterior night view, LABIOMISTA, Genk (BE). © Koen Vanmechelen, Photo by Kris Vervaeke.


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Aerial view LABIOMISTA, under construction © Builders Facts, 2018


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Logo LABIOMISTA © LABIOMISTA