Better than expected: ‘The Panamarenko Paradox’ (Knokke-Heist)

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Going to the Belgian seaside for a stroll, during the X-mas holidays? Then opt for Knokke-Heist, and combine your walk with a visit to The Panamarenko Paradox (through January 15), an exhibition with works by this renowned Belgian artist – now retired – linked to his recently unveiled fountain (The waving crabs, blog post here). I had my doubts about this exhibition, but I have to admit that is better than I expected it to be. I’m not sure about all those red walls, for they tend to make the drawings sort of disappear, but all in all the Paradox is a nicely presented, modest survey of the strange and poetic world of this one of a kind Belgian artist. A couple of Panamarenko’s bigger works of art, lots of drawings and some binoculars to take a closer look at all the details of the crabs outside. And even that restored Meikever (ladybug), which was stolen from SMAK (Ghent) and damaged in 2006. For those of you who missed the big retrospective in Brussels in 2005.

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