Charivari ?

Art route under the supervision of curator Jan Hoet Jr. and Melanie Deboutte

In his work Adriaen Brouwer occasionally pokes fun at people and their behaviour. In the true spirit of Brueghel. He also mocks himself, by depicting himself as a tippler, surrounded by artist friends.

The definition of Charivari is to mock anyone that violates the norms. It has taken place for centuries in public by playing ‘rough’ music, singing popular songs, organising a procession and daubing façades, etc.

The mockery with those who exceeded standards, it happened for centuries in public. Almost ritual. With loud music and folksongs, in a procession, daubing facades … Call it a kind of people’s justice.

This practice is called Charivari.

The Project

The CHARIVARI exhibition project brings twenty contemporary artists to Oudenaarde that demonstrate in their work a critical voice as well as a good feel for irony and mockery, but that are also still driven by a quest for beauty, poetry, a sense of exaltation and enlightenment. Self-criticism is an important pillar, such as with regard to their position as artists in society.

CHARIVARI will be organised in the Church of Our Lady of Pamele, on the banks of the Scheldt. On the market square this project also ‘occupies’ the Café Adriaen Brouwer. For three months it will serve as an artistic meeting place for visitors.

Regular performances and concerts will also be on offer.


  • Church of Our Lady of Pamele, Oudenaarde
  • 16 september – 16 december 2018
  • From Tuesday to Sunday inclusive,
    from 1.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
  • Tickets can be purchased at the church entrance


Jacques Charlier, Mario De Brabandere, Thierry De Cordier, Wim Delvoye, Bram Demunter, Jimmie Durham, Jan Fabre, Kati Heck, Gerard Herman, Thomas Lerooy, Emilio López-Menchero, Kris Martin, Pia Maria Martin, Jonathan Meese, Bjarne Melgaard, Navid Nuur, Matthieu Ronsse, Karel Thienpont, Dennis Tyfus, Philippe Vandenberg, Jean-Baptiste Vandevelde & Jean-Christophe Wallaert, Jan Van Imschoot, Angel Vergara, Miet Warlop