1933 - 1996
Born in Moscow (RU), based in Moscow (RU), born in New York (), died in New York ().
Dan Flavin is a fundamental figure of Minimal Art, famous for constellations of standard-issue neon lamps, usually Untitled (but dedicated in brackets to artists, critics or friends). Opulent and deliberately transitory, his light pieces are now expensive commodities whose owners struggle to prolong the lifespan of obsolete strips or bulbs. Flavin said: ‘These “monuments” only survive as long as the light system is useful, 2100 hours.’ The exhibited corner piece subtly subverts our understanding of light, space and how they affect each other, making a ‘new space’ emerge and emphasising how a predictable method can yield unpredictable results.
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Untitled (to the real Dan...
Dan Flavin, Untitled (to the real Dan Hill) 1b, 1978. Sculpture, neon, 244 x 12 x 22 cm.
Untitled (to a Man, Georg...
Dan Flavin, Untitled (to a Man, George McGovern), 1972. Sculpture, strip lights, 316 x 316 x 10.3 cm.
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The collection XXIX – Spi...
20 January 2012 - 29 April 2012.
Curated by Bart De Baere, Jan De Vree, Anders Kreuger (M HKA) en Charles Esche and Steven ten Thije (Van Abbe Museum) Spirits of In
The collection XXXII – Pe...
07 December 2012 - 21 April 2013.
2013 was the ‘year of the collection’. Two large exhibitions and an extensive book put the contents of the M HKA collection on the map and po
EXTRA MUROS: Visite Borne...
03 May 2014 - 25 May 2014.
Under the umbrella term Visite, the M HKA – in collaboration with LOCUS, the hub for libraries, cultural and community centres and local cult
28 April 2017 - 31 December 2021.
For the first time, the M HKA will be able to present a permanent collection exhibition with iconic masterpieces from Flemish and internation
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Het Essentiële [The Essen...
The works selected for this category are clear and strong, both in their idea and their form. They are ‘essential’ because they refuse to com
Collectie Vlaamse Gemeens...
The M HKA holds works on permanent loan that were acquired with the budget of the Vlaamse Commissie voor Beeldende Kunst (Flemish Visual Art
The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public