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.

Man of the Future - Flyer, 1973

Sculpture, 30 x 6 x 6 cm.

©image: M HKA

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. S0279).

This small angel sculpture was part of an installation that Croatian artist Ivan Kožarić presented in 2002 at Documenta11 in Kassel. The room-filling installation officially consisted of 897 sculptures of various materials, 61 paintings (acrylic on canvas) and 373 graphic works in diverse techniques, 10 photographs and 5297 drawings. The artist got the idea for the installation upon being invited to mount a retrospective exhibition of his work. He decided instead to move his entire studio to the exhibition space, and to work there as well. In this way, Kožarić criticizes not only the idea of a retrospective, but also of the view that art is a static conception. The installation, thus, was more than the sum of its enumerated parts; the art work was also performance, laboratory and art criticism. The angel is then, so to speak, both an autonomous work of art and a fragment, created in 1973 and reborn in 2002. The small figure contains still more dualities: it is at once very slender and remarkably robust, the fine, elongated body and the transparent wings are in stark contrast with the industrial materials and the ‘inept’ forms. It is difficult to ascertain just what sort of angel this is here: guardian angel, avenging angel, archangel, angel of death… this helpless angel without arms and with its feet riveted together, barely able to keep erect, seems to be outside any of the aforementioned categories. In no way does it resemble the classic angel sculptures that we know from art history or from our contemporary popular culture. To the contrary, it has more of the floundering insect about it; instead of guarding or reproving us, it seems to appeal to our mother instinct. This appeal to the viewer is typical for the artist, who always attempts to abolish the distance between the object and us. Moreover, the formal ambiguity in the sculpture should not surprise us: Kožarić, from the very start of his artistic career, experimented with different influences, styles and techniques.

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> Ivan Kožarić.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: EXTRA MUROS: Visite Bornem - Gedeelde Ruimte. CC Ter Dilft, Bornem, 03 May 2014 - 25 May 2014.

> Exhibition: The collection I – Fall 2002. M HKA, Antwerpen, 31 August 2002 - 10 November 2002.

> Exhibition: The Collection. M HKA, Antwerpen, 28 April 2017 - 31 December 2021.

> Exhibition: The Encyclopedic Palace. 55th Venice Biennal, Venice, 01 June 2013 - 24 November 2013.

> Ensemble: NUCLEUS.

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> Ensemble: I'm Feeling Like the Belly of a Lion that has Eaten Too Much.

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> Ensemble: An Architecture for Art - Ivan Kozaric.