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Nadja Marcin - Coup de Ville 2013
Sofie Muller - Coup de Ville 2013
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Every three to four years, contemporary art platform WARP immerses the city of Sint-Niklaas in highly topical art by organising the ‘Coup de Ville’ arts exhibition.

Coup de Ville literally refers to committing a coup (in the city), but is obviously taken poetically. Coup de Ville is an artistic trail at various locations in the city featuring more than 30 artists coming from Belgium and all over the world.

Art was explored by the public in residential houses, museums, empty properties, private gardens or in the public space of Sint-Niklaas. In the architectural setting, the flaneur came into contact with rococo, neo-styles, art deco, modernism, brutalism, grandeur, decay, coterie, renovation and transformation. The city and the community that carries it became a platform where predominantly young, emerging artists from much of the world got to work. There are few 'big names' - a deliberate choice, whereas as an organisation we rather build on the passionate encounters with artists through our portfolio days or the Artists' Villages. Encounters which lead to long-term amicable relationships from a professional commitment.

The various themes the artists developed in their, mostly new, productions were inspired by the exhibition title, the specific environment, the nature of their own oeuvre or the artistic medium. In total, there were about 30 projects.


Carlos Aires (ES) / Art of the Loom (BE) / Ben Benaouisse (MA/BE) / Thomas Bogaert (BE) / Jessie Brennan (UK) / Tim Breukers (NL) / Wim De Schamphelaere (BE) / Hadassah Emmerich (NL/ID) / Krisztina Fazekas-Kielbassa (HU/DE) / Jeanno Gaussi (AF/DE) / Nova Jiang (CN/USA) / Eric Joris / Crew (BE) / Gabriel Rico Jiménez (MX) / Matthieu Laurette (FR) / Nadja Marcin (DE / USA) / Sofie Muller (BE) / New Sculpture Department (NL/BE) / Laura Nsengiyumva (RW/BE) / Pavilion of the hidden sculptures (BE) / Lorenzo Quintanilla (NL) / Lennart Rieder (DE) / Meggy Rustamova (BE/GE) / Karen Sargsyan (AM/NL) / Adrien Tirtiaux (BE) / Berkay Tuncay (TR) / Greet Van Autgaerden (BE) / Sven Verhaeghe (BE) / Karen Vermeren (BE) / Katleen Vinck (BE) / Zhen Xu (CN)

Participating artists

Stef Van Bellingen
Art of the Loom
Ben Benaouisse
Carlos Aires
Greet Van Autgaerden
Jessie Brennan
Katleen Vinck
Lennart Rieder
Nadja Marcin
Sofie Muller
Thomas Bogaert
Tim Breukers


Stef Van Bellingen
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Practical information

  • Coup de Ville 2024 — Artists & Athletes runs from April 13 to May 19, 2024
  • Open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Wednesday, May 1, 2024.
  • The course exhibition consists of 9 locations in the heart of Sint-Niklaas.
  • There are 2 reception points: WARP, Apostelstraat 20 and GO schools | Noordlaan 34, behind the SNCB station (right next to the Bauhaus)
  • Tickets: 15 euro | Young people (12 to 22 years old) & chance card holders: 5 euro | Children under 12 years free
  • Koop je tickets ter plaatse in een onthaalpunt of online.
  • Betalen ter plaatse kan enkel met cash geld of payconiq.


Het gesprek met Thomas Verstraeten op donderdag 16 mei wordt uitgesteld. Van zodra de nieuwe datum is vastgelegd, wordt deze informatie op onze website gepubliceerd.

Opening hours

How much time do I need to visit the full course?

This is, of course, different for everyone. We estimate that you will be able to fully visit the exhibition in just a few hours.

Can I spread my visit of the different locations over several days?

Yes, your trail ticket indicates our different locations. On this we will tick off the locations you have already visited.

When can Coup de Ville be visited?

The exhibition period runs from Saturday, April 13th up to Sunday, May 19th 2024. It will be open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Wednesday, May 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Can you also visit Coup de Ville on public holidays?

Yes, you will be able to visit Coup de Ville on Thursday May 9th (Ascension Day) and we even open an extra day on Wednesday May 1st. On both holidays we will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Are there any discounts?

Children age 11 and younger, accompanied by an adult, enjoy free admission. There is also a discount for people with a 'kansenpas'.

We deliberately kept the admission prices low and with your ticket you can also participate in various free side activities. WARP members always enjoy a discount on activities.

Where and how can I buy an admission ticket?

You can buy your ticket online via our ticket webshop. You will also have the opportunity to purchase your ticket at the reception on the day of your visit. Reservations for groups and guided tours need to be made via

Can I cancel my entrance ticket?

Unfortunately not, but you can probably make someone else happy with it.

I cannot print my digital ticket. Is this a problem?

This is no problem at all. You can have your digital ticket scanned on your smartphone at one of our two reception points.

Can I ask for an invoice for the tickets that I purchased online?

Unfortunately not. If you would like to receive an invoice for the admission tickets, please send an email with your billing details and the number of desired tickets to You will receive the tickets after the payment of the invoice.

How much does an admission ticket cost?

For young people between 12 - 22 years old and people with a 'kansenpas', a ticket costs € 5. The price for adults is € 15.

How can I pay at the reception points?

You can pay in cash or with Payconiq.

I am unable to pay for my admission tickets online. What should I do?

Don't worry, you can purchase your admission tickets at one of our reception points on the day of your visit.

I have a digital entrance ticket. Can I visit all locations upon presentation of my digital ticket?

Each visitor starts their visit at one of our two reception points. There your digital entrance ticket will be scanned and in place you will receive a trail ticket with the walking route. On presentation of this trail ticket, you can enter anywhere.


Can I visit Coup de Ville with our class?

Definitely! Send an email to Students pay 5€ per admission ticket. A guided tour costs 100€ excluding VAT.

Can I book a nocturne for our group?

Nocturnes must always be requested through Please note that there will be an additional cost.

We would like to book a guided tour as a group.

You have to request or reserve your group visit through For a guided tour of approximately two hours, we ask € 100 excluding 21% VAT. In this case, the ticket price will be € 13 per person.

Guided tours

I would like to take a guided tour, but am not visiting Coup de Ville with a group. What are my options?

We organise guided tours for individuals at various times. Make sure to keep an eye on our program page for these dates.


Is it necessary to let you know when I intend to visit Coup De Ville?

No, individual visitors do not need to reserve a time slot or date. For groups of 10 people or more, we do ask to make a reservation. Get in touch with

What activities will there be and can I make a reservation?

There is a lavish programme filled with lectures, performances, live interviews, artist talks, workshops and demonstrations. You can view the full programme here.

Do I have to register to attend the early afternoon interviews that take place at 'Schoenen Timmermans', Stationstraat 90?

No. This is not necessary, you are welcome on presentation of your exhibition ticket.


Are there toilets on the trail?

Yes, these are free of charge and located at our reception points. WARP also has an accessible toilet and a nursing table.

Can I take photos during the exhibition?

Yes, photos for personal use are allowed. We even encourage you to share them on Facebook and Instagram to inspire friends. Don't forget to tag us!

Food and drinks?

You are always welcome to have a drink, coffee or tea at the WARP bar. The bar is always open until shortly before and after the exhibition opening hours. WARP also participates in the 'Warm Places' initiative. This is a place where everyone is welcome. Those with the means to do so can treat someone with a little less to a drink. And someone with a little less is welcome to consume one of the pre-treated drinks.

Portobelfino restaurant, open on Saturday and Sunday,

De Kopenhagen, open from Thu to Sun,

Bizzy Beloy, open from Thu to Sat from 5.30 pm and Sun from 12 noon,

Balls & Glory, open from Thu to Sun,

Den Biko — breakfast & brunch, open Thu to Sun between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Skippy's, open from Thu to Sat, between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. (Thu to 5 p.m.)

Met tijd en boterhammen, open from Thu to Sat from 5.30 pm

Soep en Zoet, open from Thu to Sat between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Is an audio tour provided?

No. The necessary information boards are provided in the exhibition.

Where can I buy the Coup de Ville art book?

The Coup de Ville 2024 art book will be available at both our reception points for the price of € 30.

Is the trail accessible for wheelchair users and pushchairs?

Yes, with the exception of the location 'The Walvis' in the Ankerstraat and the first floor near WARP. Efforts have been made to make the course easily accessible.

Are the reception points easily accessible?

Yes, both reception points are easily accessible by public transport. If you come by train, it is best to start the course at the GO-Scholen reception point, this is only a two-minute walk from the back of the station. By bus, choose the stop 'Sint-Niklaas Grote Markt' and walk to WARP via the Sint-Nicolaasplein.

Where can I buy the Coup de Ville carafe?

The carafe will be available at the WARP reception point for the price of € 18.

What is the starting location of the art trail?

You can start from on of the two reception points, from WARP, Apostelstraat 20 or from GO-Scholen, Noordlaan 34 (behind the SNCB station, right next to 't Bau-huis).