M HKA gaat digitaal

Met M HKA Ensembles zetten we onze eerste échte stappen in het digitale landschap. Ons doel is met behulp van nieuwe media de kunstwerken nog beter te kaderen dan we tot nu toe hebben kunnen doen.

We geven momenteel prioriteit aan smartphones en tablets, m.a.w. de in-museum-ervaring. Maar we zijn evenzeer hard aan het werk aan een veelzijdige desktop-versie. Tot het zover is vind je hier deze tussenversie.

M HKA goes digital

Embracing the possibilities of new media, M HKA is making a particular effort to share its knowledge and give art the framework it deserves.

We are currently focusing on the experience in the museum with this application for smartphones and tablets. In the future this will also lead to a versatile desktop version, which is now still in its construction phase.

Exhibition: Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitectuur [Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitecture]

M HKA, Antwerp

05 October 2012 - 20 January 2013

©image: ICC Archive

GORDON MATTA-CLARK (1943-1978) was an ‘all-round artist’. He called his own work and that of the group that gathered around him 'anarchitecture' (a contraction of anarchy and architecture, which literally means ‘non-architecture’). In addition to performances and interventions, he mainly did spatial works that focused on transience and recycling. He is best known for his cuttings, which were monumental pieces cut out of buildings. His interventions were intended to open up new possibilities, ‘making the notion of the possible elastic’. He (briefly) breathed new life into abandoned buildings and forgotten neighbourhoods. In this way the buildings became metaphors for a different society.

In 1977 he created the masterly Office Baroque in Antwerp. Using chainsaws and electric grinding discs he cut through all the floors of an empty office building near the Steen so that the building was transformed into a bizarre pattern of through-views and spatial figures. A utopian-visionary museum project was generated around the work, and this almost came to fruition. It was with the Gordon Matta-Clark Foundation, an international solidarity movement with the aim of saving this building and the museum project, that the foundations of the M HKA collection were laid. Which is why, when it opened in 1987, the M HKA started off with a Matta-Clark retrospective.

Matta-Clark’s objective in his anarchitecture was to create art far away from museums and the art market. But since transience was an inherent part of his interventions, he documented them and his other experiments in all sorts of ways: in addition to the ‘removals’, drawings and writings, this included film, video and photography, which in the end became museum-based art after all. On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, the M HKA is showing the whole of its Matta-Clark ensemble with the recently with the recently acquired films and vintage prints.

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>Color photograph of 'Office Baroque', 1977 from the I.C.C. Archive

>Text 'Gordon Matta-Clark & M HKA', 2012

> Gordon Matta-Clark, Chinatown Voyeur, 1971. Video, 00:60:00.

> Gordon Matta-Clark, Fire Child, 1971. Video, super 8mm film on video, 00:09:47 .

> Gordon Matta-Clark, Tree Dance, 1971. Video, 16 mm film on video, 00:09:32.

> Gordon Matta-Clark, Automation House, 1972. Video, 16 mm film on video, 00:32:00.

> Gordon Matta-Clark, Food, 1972. Video, 16 mm film on video, 00:43:00.

> Gordon Matta-Clark, Fresh Kill, 1972. Video, 16 mm film on video, 00:12:56 .

> Gordon Matta-Clark, Open House, 1972. Video, super 8mm film on video, 00:41:00.

> Gordon Matta-Clark, Sauna View, 1973. Video, 00:61:30.

> Gordon Matta-Clark, Walls Paper, 1973. Book, ink, paper, 25.8 cm x 19.8 cm.

> Gordon Matta-Clark, Clockshower, 1973. Video, 16 mm film on video, 00:13:50.

> Gordon Matta-Clark, Bingo/Ninths, 1974. Video, super 8mm film on video, 00:09:40.

> Gordon Matta-Clark, Splitting, 1974. Video, super 8mm film on video, 00:09:40.

> Gordon Matta-Clark, Conical Intersect, 1975. Video, 16 mm film on video, 00:18:40.

> Gordon Matta-Clark, Day's End, 1975. Video, super 8mm film on video, 00:23:10 .

> Gordon Matta-Clark, The Wall, 1976-2007. Video, 16 mm film on video, 00:15:04.

> Gordon Matta-Clark, City Slivers, 1976. Video, super 8mm film on video, 00:15:00.

> Gordon Matta-Clark, Substrait (Underground Dailies), 1976. Video, 16 mm film on video, 00:30:00.

> Gordon Matta-Clark, Sous-Sols de Paris [Paris Underground], 1977-2005. Video, super 8mm film on video, 00:25:20.

> Gordon Matta-Clark, Florent Bex, Prints from the 35 mm negatives from ICC Archive about Gordon Matta-Clark & Jacobs Ladder, 1977. Photography.

> Gordon Matta-Clark, Office Baroque, 1977. Print, paper, 89 x 62 cm/ 91,5 x 64,5 cm.

> Gordon Matta-Clark, Office Baroque, 1977-2005. Video, 16 mm film on video, 00:44:00.

> Gordon Matta-Clark, Office Baroque (Doors Crossing), 1977. Installation, wood, 198 x 77 x 4 cm.

> Gordon Matta-Clark, Office Baroque # 669, 1977. Photography, cibachrome, tape, hard board, plexi, 175 x 105 cm.

> Gordon Matta-Clark, Fresh Air Cart, 1985. Object, plastics.

> Gordon Matta-Clark, Day's End (also called Day's Passing) - 4. Photography, vintage print, b/w photography, 23.8 cm x 29.9 cm image 23.7 cm x 22.5.