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.

Thomas Ruff

©image: Hans Peter Schaefer

° 1958

Born in Zell am Harmersbach (), lives in Düsseldorf ().

Thomas Ruff was taught by the influential photographer couple Bernd and Hilla Becher at the Düsseldorf Academy and in their home studio. The Becher School refers to both the (physical) school and the first students graduating from it, many of them becoming highly successful photographers. Since the early 1980s, Ruff is very famous on an international level.

Thomas Ruff's oeuvre consists of photo's, sometimes almost 3 meters in height, of neoclassic buildings, houses and factories, starry skies and uniform, monolithic portraits. These are series of 'objective', documentary photographs with titles like Porträts (portraits), Haüser (houses) Zeitungsfotos (newspaper pictures) or Sterne (stars). Ruff describes his photographs as 'documents of disbelief.' He is skeptical about the idea of the photograph as evidence. To him, the technological process, with all its possible manipulations, is central. Each visual device betrays its purpose. Photography always provides opportunities for manipulation and is therefore open to abuse.

Some of Ruff's works deal with the political dimension of the such possible manipulations. He shows for example large format computer montages in which he mocks and exposes the complacent attitude of politicians.


>Thomas Ruff, Zonder Titel (Portret van Frank Müller) [Untitled (Portrait of Frank Müller)], 1985.Collage, photograph, 210 x 167 x 4 cm.

>Thomas Ruff, Thomas Ruff - Porträts, 1988.Book, ink, paper, 24 x 17 cm, 55 p., language : German, author : Kasper König, Cornelia Will & Julian Heynen, publisher : Museum Schloss Hardenberg, Velbert, Portikus, Frankfurt am Main & Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, ISBN : 3-88375-078-6.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: The collection I – Fall 2002. 31 August 2002 - 10 November 2002.

> Exhibition: The collection XXXIII – The Collection as a Character. 07 June 2013 - 22 September 2013.

> Ensemble: Artist Books.

> Ensemble: beeld.

> Ensemble: Collectie Vlaamse Gemeenschap.

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> Ensemble: kunstenaarsboeken uit de jaren '80 [artists' books from the 80s].

> Ensemble: NUCLEUS.

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> Ensemble: Studio Photography.