An Arena of Culture and Nature

Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen is an internationally acclaimed conceptual artist with over 20 years of experience. His works explore the intersection between art, science, and society across multiple mediums. His most groundbreaking work involves biocultural diversity and identity, notably seen in the Cosmopolitan Chicken Project (CCP), a project involving chicken species from different nationalities as a symbol of global diversity.

“LABIOMISTA, an evolving work of art about the mix of life”

At TheMerode, Vanmechelen will hold a conference about his impressive project, LABIOMISTA; an exploration of identity and diversity in different forms. A joint venture with the city of Genk, LABIOMISTA is an all-encompassing art project. It is Vanmechelen’s studio and foundation headquarters, a laboratory and library of biocultural diversity, a site where animals live and breed, and a park with live artworks and installations. 

Vanmechelen invites TheMerode members to challenge and inspire themselves through new ideas, creations, projects, and collaborations. 



  • 18 :30 – 19 :00 > Welcome
  • 19 :00 – 20 :00 > Conference
  • 20 :00 > Bar is open


If you would like to participate in the conference, please register below.

Don’t hesitate to register a non-member to come along.



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