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.

Atopies (VIII), 1986

Installation, 396 x 380 x 30 cm.

©image: M HKA

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. BK7249 A-G).

Atopies (VIII) forms a reflection on art and on the place for art in the world. As its title suggests, Atopies (VIII) is part of Vercruysse's series of Atopies, which he created between 1985 and 1987. The austere construction with mahogany mantelpiece and six wooden panels suggests the existence of a space; however, the space is closed and impossible to enter. The mantelpiece, usually a symbol of warmth and homeliness, an archetypical rendering of a "place", fails to give a sense of security. Most of all, the work evokes a feeling of emptiness. 'Atopie' literally means 'non-place'. Vercruysse uses the word as a reference to the theme of the place for art in the world, which commonly recurs within his oeuvre. At the same time, it is a play of words with 'utopie', utopia, the world of vision and ideals. Perhaps Vercruysse is suggesting that for utopia, too, only emptiness remains.

'It's of course all about art and the place of art. To say that it would be a metaphor for saying that there is no place left would be too strong. "Left" is too strong. It is certainly about loss, but that doesn't mean you can say that there is no place "left". It is not about complaining. Loss is before presence.' - Jan Vercruysse, interview with Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, 1987

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Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: The collection XX: Jubilee. Who's got the Big Picture?. MuHKA, Antwerpen, 29 June 2007 - 18 November 2007.

> Exhibition: The Eightees – A Decade of Extremes. M HKA, Antwerpen, 17 June 2016 - 18 September 2016.

> Exhibition: The collection XV – Ergens/Somewhere. With interventions by Pierre Bismuth, Koenraad Dedobbeleer & Pieter Vermeersch. M HKA, Antwerpen, 16 June 2006 - 27 August 2006.

> Ensemble: Collectie Vlaamse Gemeenschap.

> Ensemble: De positie van kunst en de kunstenaar [The position of art and the artist].

> Ensemble: Plaatsen en niet-plaatsen [Places and non-places].

> Ensemble: Verlies en afwezigheid [Loss and Absence].


> Ensemble: NUCLEUS.

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> Ensemble: Non - Places.

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> Ensemble: An Architecture for Art - Jan Vercruysse.