COUP DE VILLE 2020 - CHASING FLOWERS
Every few years, contemporary art platform WARP immerses the city of Sint-Niklaas (Belgium) in the hottest new contemporary art with the 'Coup de Ville' arts tour. Previous editions in 2010, 2013 and 2016 attracted over 10,000 visitors to our city.
The fourth edition of Coup de Ville in 2020 – ‘Chasing Flowers’ – will be a quest for flowers. For the first time since its launch WARP has given the artists a specific theme. The flower is a unique symbol connecting nature and culture. A question is, how we can – through art – create space where not only economical, but also ecological and social values are at stake.
Coup de Ville 2020 combines new site-specific creations, with already existing historical art pieces or oeuvres of sometimes underestimated artists. From the concept of beauty, to economics and migration, and reproduction – all the artists choose their own angle to add to a concept that takes over the city. Visitors discover both public and private spaces, historical landmarks, hidden gardens or undefined space with its own potential.
This edition will take place in the autumn of 2020 (September 11th – October 11th).
Boris Beja (SLO), Stefan Bertalan (RO), Marie Cloquet (BE), Gabriella Ciancimino (IT), Larissa Cluzet (FR), Jana Cordenier (BE), Peter De Cupere (BE), A.T. De Keersmaecker/ Rosas (gefilmd door Thierry De Mey), Hélène Durand (BE), Nick Ervinck (BE), Laura Fitzgerald (IRL), Piero Gilardi (IT), Nilbar Güres (TUR / AT), Koyuki Kazahaya (JAP), Ermias Kifleyesus (ETH / BE), Stéphanie Leblon (BE), Benny Luyckx (BE), Tuur & Flup Marinus (BE), Lisa Matthys (BE), Robert Mitchell (UK – statenloos), Astrid Nobel (NL), Maria Roosen (NL), Jinoos Taghizadeh (IRN), Stefanos Tsivopoulos (GR), Adam Vackar (CZ), Greet Van Autgaerden (BE), Lore Van Elslande (BE), Pieter Léon Vermeersch (BE), Filip Vervaet (BE), combined with existing works in a new context.
Before this main exhibition period, a whole year programme will be dealing with the theme of ‘Chasing Flowers’, including artist talks, lectures, a film and poetry program, etc.
Every edition of Coup de Ville includes the publication of an extensive catalogue in Dutch and English. Guided tours in several languages are available for groups and schools. You can already make your reservation and mail us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read the article about WARP - Coup de Ville in magazine of Brussels Airlines - Discover the Benelux online. Text by Eline Joling.