Object, 95 x 200 x 290 cm.
Materials: tin, cellophane
Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp / Collection Flemish Community (Inv. no. BKS002).
Prova-Car is a sort of human, poetic version of the Formula-1 racing car. It conjures up images of old, once revolutionary technological prototypes. With works like this Prova-Car, Panamarenko refers to the image of the engineer-artist. At the same time, he relativises the image. Of course, Panamarenko’s ‘inventions’ are not intended to actually work: they are artworks first and foremost. In Panamarenko’s work, technique is a slave to poetry.
"Nuvolari was the best racecar driver in the world before the war. He just floored it, never braked. I remember how he wore a kind of pilot's headgear seated in his big 'prova', his test car. (...) After WWII the Formula 1 cars got too fast, and then he indeed had to brake." - Panamarenko
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Urgent Conversations Athe...
31 October 2016 - 05 February 2017.
Urgent Conversations: Athens – Antwerp is the first temporary exhibition in the long overdue public unfolding of the Greek National Museum of
The collection XXXIII – T...
07 June 2013 - 22 September 2013.
The character of a collection reflected the current priorities of the M HKA collection: the evaluation of Antwerp’s avant-garde tradition; th
The collection XXX – The ...
29 June 2012 - 16 September 2012.
Maarten Vanden Eynde’s project Museum of Forgotten History housed the remains of a possible future past. The exhibition took the form of fict
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Matter as Meaning
MATTER AS MEANING This notion came to our mind when pairing works by Panamarenko, Nikos Kessanlis and Jan Henderikse. Matter, in a na
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
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Prova S. Turbine
Panamarenko, Prova S. Turbine, 2004. Drawing, pencil, silverpoint, paper, 29.5 x 37 cm.
Zonder titel (Prova-Car) ...
Panamarenko, Zonder titel (Prova-Car) [Untitled (Prova-Car)], 1967. Drawing, charcoal, transfer paper, 11 x 18 cm.
Panamarenko, Opgepast! Bo...
Panamarenko, Panamarenko, Opgepast! Bochten! Blijf op het voetpad! [Panamarenko, Watch out! Bends! Stay on the footpath!], 1967. Poster, ink, paper, 50 x 62 cm.