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.

A Meeting / Vstrecha, 1997

Performance, 00:35:00.

©Angelos bvba

New York, roof & basement of Ilya Kabakov


In the film made in Ilya Kabakov’s home in New York the two artists share the secret of art, as a fly and a beetle. They discuss, each in their own language, the different dimensions of being an artist in their own countries.


'Tonight was the world premier of the performance film
'A Meeting / Vstrecha' that I made together with Ilya Kabakov.
It was a splendid language mix-up for a sell-out
Tokyo National Opera House.
An Act of Flemish-Russian poetic resistance
(we had both refused to speak English).
The public debate after the screening turned into a language
performance by a Russian fly and a Flemish scarab.
The Japanese audience were given simultaneouss translations
and I think they believed that I understood Russian
and Ilya Flemish.
(We had applied the same principle to the film,
just a matter of writing out a scenario).
The looks of wonder.
The faces full of admiration.
The 'oooshs' of credence and the 'ai-es' (yesses) of incredulity
from the Japanese art audience were so funny to see and hear
that during the public debate Ilya and I regularly started
snorting because we couldn't keep ourselves from laughing.
It was a comical and instructive evening.
Thanks to the linguistic consilience of the Flemish scarab
and the Russian fly who both unwittingly sounded ironical
in face of Japanese seriousness.'

(Jan Fabre, Tokyo, 28 March 1997)


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>Photograph / video with Jan Fabre in preparation of the performance "A Meeting / Vstrecha" (1997) with Ilya Kabakov.

>Photograph / video with Ilya Kabakov performing "A Meeting / Vstrecha" (1997).

>Click here to watch a short clip from the performance "A Meeting / Vstrecha" (1997).


> Ilya & Emilia Kabakov .

> Jan Fabre.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: Jan Fabre – Stigmata, Actions & Performances 1976-2013. M HKA, Antwerpen, 24 April 2015 - 26 July 2015.

Related Items

>Ilya & Emilia Kabakov , Jan Fabre, A Meeting / Vstrecha (The Mystery of Art) (series), 1997.Drawing, colour pencil, watercolour and indian ink on paper, 14 x (34.5 x 27 cm).