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LABIOMISTA

LABIOMISTA is a unique, evolving work of art by Koen Vanmechelen is a vigorous hybrid of art, science and society.

“LABIOMISTA is a tribute to the mix of life itself,” says the artist who created this project in
close partnership with the city of Genk. LABIOMISTA is the embodiment of Vanmechelen’s art and philosophy. Internationally acclaimed for its exploration of the intersections between art, science and community, his oeuvre spans 20 years and ranges from painting and sculpture to video art, mixed-media installations and ‘living art’ projects. Vanmechelen 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 an artist, Koen Vanmechelen, and a city, 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 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.

From 6 July Genk.

www.labiomista.be

GEORG KARL PFAHLER – COLOR & SPACE

This is the first exhibition of his work in Belgium since 1964. Pfahler (1926-2002) was an internationally recognized artist known for his vibrant colourful work and abstract geometric painting style. Focussing on the dynamic between shapes with a deeper relationship between space and colour, Pfahler became a thought leader and one of the first European artists to simultaneously work in action, Colour Field and hard-edge painting.

He represented Germany at the Venice Biennale in 1970 alongside Günther Uecker, Heinz Mackand Thomas Lenk; and at the Sao Paulo Biennale in 1981. For his entire career and until his death, Pfahler focused on the relationship between shape, space and colour. Pioneer of the Colour Field painting movement, his work can be found in the permanent collection of the Daimler

Contemporary and the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin (Germany), the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart (Germany) and the MoMA in New York (USA), amongst others.

Until 29 June QG Gallery, Brussels.

www.qg-gallery.com