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.

Exhibition: Immortality Forever – Evgeny Antufiev

M HKA, Antwerpen

27 April 2017 - 03 September 2017

©image: Evgeny Antufiev

M HKA calls itself a Eurasian museum and so it also pays sustained attention to art from the former Soviet space. The latter also has an Asian dimension, as demonstrated by this commitment for Evgeny Antufiev, an artist from Tuva, a republic which sees itself as being the heart of Asia, while remaining part of the Russian Federation. This acquisition is a result of the long-term collaboration with the V-A-C Foundation. A part of that foundation is the programme Present Continuous, with purchases of work of the laureate, donated to the M HKA with the aim of showing the new generation of Russian artists to the world. In similar fashion, the collection has been enriched with works by Olga Chernycheva, Taus Makhacheva and Sasha Pirogova.

Antufiev interweaves elements from Russian (folk) culture with collective historical memory and personal recollections. He is best known for his extraordinary sculptures, yet it are his installations that best show how he constructs a new history that is at the same time mythologizing and real. Video art, embroidery, prints, photographs and objects question the essence of common cultural symbols, as well as their immortality.

This space brings together the two ensembles M HKA has in its care. Immortality forever gathers reflections about the legendary ballerina Anna Pavlova, including a real rose and porcelain replicas of different versions of the Pavlova dessert, named after her. The Russian writer Leo Tolstoy is evoked in – on the one hand – a collection of postcards of his forest grave and – on the other – a video of an encounter of this international branched family at their family castle.

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>Evgeny Antufiev, Immortality Forever, 2015 - detail

>Evgeny Antufiev, Immortality Forever (Anna Pavlova), 2015 - detail

>Evgeny Antufiev, Immortality Forever (Anna Pavlova), 2015 - detail

> Evgeny Antufiev, Immortality Forever, 2015. Installation, mixed media, variable dimensions .