Charivari ?

Art trail under the watchful eye of curator Jan Hoet Jr. and Melanie Deboutte

Adriaen Brouwer often makes fun of people and their behaviour in his work. Just like Bruegel. He also mocks himself, by presenting himself as a drinking brother, surrounded by friendly artists.

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 together around twenty contemporary artists in Oudenaarde who have a healthy sense of irony, criticism and ridicule in their work, but are also driven by a search for beauty, poetry, a sense of elevation and enlightenment . Self-criticism is an important pillar, for example about their place as an artist in society.

CHARIVARI takes place in the Pamelekerk, on the banks of the river Scheldt. On the market, this project also occupies café Adriaen Brouwer. That will be an artful meeting place for visitors for three months.

With regular performances and concerts.


  • Pamele church, Oudenaarde
  • 16 september – 16 december 2018
  • Tuesday till Sunday,
    from 13h00 untill 18h00
  • Tickets for sale at the entrance of the Pamele church


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