Artist CoenSt in front of one of his artworks titled: Beauty & a Beast

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These past weeks were somewhat busy for my husband Coen and especially for CoenSt the artist. He has been busy for weeks now preparing and organizing his retrospective exhibition that will open on Saturday 1 June at 5 pm.

The location is less than fifteen minutes drive from our farm. It is the huge waiting room of the former Marvão-Beirã station. Twice a day Coen drives up and down to shape the exhibition. He is not only a conceptual artist. Coen is also a very handy, handyman. That has many advantages. He can do it all himself: carpentry, sawing, painting, drilling and more. He has help from Lina and Eduardo, who run the venue, as owners of Guesthouse Trainspot. They find it just as exciting as CoenSt. This is the first time that this place will be used as an exhibition space.

Today after my yoga classes I drove to Beirã to look at the progress. It looks impressive. A large space brings Coen’s work alive. The exhibition with the name A Beast, Beauty & Bollocks, is divided in three parts that become visible now.

The beast
There you will find his work in which the AK-47 plays a leading role. Sometimes hidden, sometimes right in your face. It makes you think.

The Beauty
His series “Infinity” is central here. The infinite line is the means by which he draws and paints. It is my favourite work. A delight to the eye.

Bollocks
Conceptual art with a wink to world history or is it really serious? That is for the viewer to decide.

I think it’s great how CoenSt manages to set up such a vast space with few resources. He is a multi-talent and we all knew that. The galleries in The Netherlands did not dare to exhibit his work because it is too confrontational with the main argument that people do not want it on the wall above the sofa.

Now it is hanging on the walls, standing on the floor and exhibition tables in that enormous space. Wandering about this exhibition stimulates the senses and the mind and makes you conscious of all the beliefs you have. CoenSt work makes sense now.

You are invited to the opening (or later) on Saturday June 1 at 17 hours. The exhibition remains on display for two months until 1 August. Opening times are provisional (in Portugal everything is possible): Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The artist himself will be present or else you can definitely have a glass of wine with him in the adjacent Bar Cais Coberto of Railbike Marvão.