press release

26.06.2021 - 24.10.2021

Paradise Kortrijk 2021
Triennial for contemporary art

Organised by the city of Kortrijk and Be-Part
Curators Hilde Teerlinck and Patrick Ronse

From 26 June to 24 October 2021 the second Kortrijk Triennial will take place: Paradise Kortrijk 2021.

Paradise Kortrijk 2021 is the successor to Play Kortrijk 2018, the interactive art event that transformed the city of Kortrijk three years ago into a playground of contemporary artworks at various indoor and outdoor locations in the city, and which was a real success with more than 175,000 visitors.

The second edition maintains the recipe for success - a dynamic and free urban exhibition with interactive works of art by an ambitious list of Belgian and international artists in various indoor and outdoor locations in the city of Kortrijk - and focuses on the utopian dream of paradise. The project draws inspiration from our zeitgeist and is a reaction to our current living environment, which sometimes seems miles away from a hopeful, positive and utopian environment.

“Our arts festival Paradise will attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to Kortrijk. As alderman for culture, I am convinced that we really have a bazooka here, one that will give our trade and hospitality industry new perspectives. It is the second edition of our triennial. Play, the first one, was a hit. Installations by the world’s best artists will be on display in the most surprising places in the city.”
- Alderman for Culture Axel Ronse
Curators Hilde Teerlinck (Han Nefkens Foundation) and Patrick Ronse (Be- Part, Platform for Contemporary Art) selected 32 contemporary artists - including 9 Belgians - who each present their own interpretation of the Paradise concept. Among the artists are many familiar names, such as Berlinde De Bruyckere, Jeremy Deller, Kendell Geers, Ugo Rondinone and Yoko Ono. But Paradise 2021 also dares to push the boundaries of contemporary art and shows the work of fashion designer duo Viktor&Rolf, scenographer Albert Dubosq and choreographer William Forsythe, among others.

These artists are given the freedom to express a personal and critical view about how they see and interpret paradise. Artists have the power to engage us on a personal level and mirror our situation or condition, so that we can set our mind in motion and act differently.

The Kortrijk triennial invites these contemporary artists to participate and reflect on modern questions. What are meaningful values today and howcan we construct a better society? By installing artworks in the heart of the dynamic city, the significance of the artists’ vision becomes present in public. The participative element is crucial in the project: through an active experience, interaction is activated by the visitor. Through this experience, the visitor is offered the opportunity to modify their way of thinking, both about themselves and about our current society.


Albert Dubosq (BE) (1863–1940).
Art Labor Collective (VN, lives and works in Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City)
Aziz Hazara (AF, lives and works in Ghent and Kabul).
Berlinde De Bruyckere (BE, lives and works in Ghent).
Bruno V. Roels (BE, lives and works in Ghent).
Choi Jeong-Hwa (KR, lives and works in Seoul).
Constant Nieuwenhuys (NL) (1920–2005).
Dora García (ES, lives and works in Barcelona and Oslo).
Jacob Dahlgren (SE, lives and works in Stockholm).
Jaro Varga (SL, lives and works in Prague).
Jeremy Deller (UK, lives and works in London).
Joris Van de Moortel (BE, lives and works in Hoboken)
Josep-Maria Martín (ES, lives and works in Barcelona).
Klaas Rommelaere (BE, lives and works in Antwerp).
Kendell Geers (ZA, lives and works in Brussels).
Lhola Amira (ZA, lives and works in Cape Town).
Lily Van der Stokker (NL, lives and works Bilthoven and Amsterdam)
Luc Deleu (BE, lives and works in Berchem, Antwerp)
Michelangelo Pistoletto (IT, lives and works in Torino).
Olaf Nicolai (DE, lives and works in Berlin).
Robert Devriendt (BE, lives and works in Bruges).
Ryan Gander (UK, lives and works in Suffolk and London).
Sanam Khatibi (IR, lives and works in Brussels).
Sarah Ortmeyer (DE, lives and works in Vienna)
Sarah Westphal (DE, lives and works in Ghent and Germany).
Stief DeSmet (BE, lives and works in Bachte-Maria-Leerne, Deinze)
Sven ’t Jolle (BE, lives and works in Melbourne).
Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam (JP, lives and works in Nova Scotia)
Ugo Rondinone (CH, lives and works in New York and Zürich).
Viktor&Rolf (NL, lives and works in Amsterdam).
William Forsythe (US, lives and works in Frankfurt am Main in Hesse)
Yoko Ono (JP, lives and works in New York)