by Koen Vanmechelen
The exhibition COMBAT is perhaps the largest battle of Koen Vanmechelen so far. Not only does he tackle the difficult spaces of Landcommandery Alden Biesen and their official history. COMBAT is also the arena for the collision between old and new works of Koen Vanmechelen. Where visible and invisible layers of meaning, known and unpredictable forms and different possibilities of beauty challenge each other. COMBAT breaks through the great and known framework that bears the name: The Cosmopolitan Chicken Project. In light of this COMBAT also displays the struggle of the artist with his own artistic identity. It is a crossing in the oeuvre of Vanmechelen and his perpetual biocultural experiment. COMBAT is a rapture.