Every three years, the WARP arts platform immerses the city of Sint-Niklaas in the hottest new contemporary art with the 'Coup de Ville' arts tour.
Coup de Ville quite literally refers to committing a coup (in the city) - but naturally is interpreted poetically in this context. Coup de Ville is an artistic tour at various locations in the city featuring more than 30 artists from Belgium and from all over the world.
The first edition of Coup de Ville occurred in 2010, under the auspices of artistic director Stef Van Bellingen, in collaboration with the late art expert Jan Hoet. Later editions took place in 2013 and 2016.
Many of the participating artists - often young or less well-known names - are given the opportunity to grow in their career after participating in the Coup de Ville, with many reappearing at various places in the international art world later on. Usually their participation builds on existing ties with WARP, by participating in codays or the Artists' Village.
Every edition of Coup de Ville includes the publication of an extensive catalogue in Dutch and English. Featuring accessible, contemplative texts, this publication also provides an overview of all participating artists and their artistic contribution to Coup de Ville.
The effect of Coup de Ville on the city of Sint-Niklaas can’t be underestimated. Each edition attracts over 10,000 visitors to the city, while the participation and accommodation of foreign artists leads to supra-local and international ties.