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.

Places (II.8), 2006

Sculpture, 300 x 285 x 2 cm.

©image: M HKA

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. BK7588).

Throughout the series Places, Jan Vercruysse uses the universally recognizable symbols of playing cards to form a kind of new, associative language or script, which nonetheless appears incomprehensible. The work is not about the content itself, but about the possibility of content this 'alphabet' offers. Looking at Places (II.8), we see five steel plates, seemingly arranged according to a functional pattern; however, a closer look reveals that the panels don't match exactly and don't lend themselves for any quick interpretation. Like many of Vercruysse's other works, then, Places (II.8) is not a place of communication. With its elusive harmony, the work keeps distance from the viewer. Vercruysse juxtaposes the works of the series Places against the series Tombeaux, which he created between 1988 and 1994. While the series of Tombeaux consisted of places for memory – meaning the Tombeaux were in fact empty – Places consists of places of memory: they store something, capture something, have a core and carry meaning.

"Where the Tombeaux works were 'empty', by definition full of the faculty of memory, I feel that these new works, Places, are more conclusive – they concentrate 'meanings', 'things that happened', 'parts of lives'. They allow and support a 'fullness'. The fact that their physical appearance and presence, which will be very restricted, do not reveal at first glance and at once their content is, *of course*, a matter of art." - Jan Vercruysse

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> Jan Vercruysse.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

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

> Exhibition: The collection XXII – Fantasy, with intervention by Koen van den Broek. MuHKA, Antwerpen, 21 March 2008 - 21 September 2008.

> Ensemble: Collectie Vlaamse Gemeenschap.

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


> Ensemble: NUCLEUS.

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> Ensemble: Non - Places.

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> Ensemble: An Architecture for Art - Jan Vercruysse.

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