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.

Zonder titel (regenjasjes) [Untitled (raincoats)], 1993


©image: M HKA

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. BK6174_M138).

The works of Goele de Bruyn, like the raincoats, seem at first sight to be an attempt to reconstruct everyday things, a reconstruction executed with the greatest of care in all manner of house-, garden- and kitchen material Goele de Bruyn collects just about all she comes across. With these materials she makes works that are often inspired by the world of the child. Initially the little jackets look like amusing child-handicrafts, but going on as well is a nostalgic and ironic wink to the oftimes too serious, established world of contemporary art. Nuance, ambiguity and good-natured humor come together.

The artist herself puts it like this: "I begin by taking apparent oppositions, both as to form and content, and try to reconcile them. The everyday becomes strange and threatening; menace becomes something normal. I start with an aesthetic given which, in its elaboration, acquires a certain acerbity or kitschiness, whereby it's knocked a bit off balance, becomes uncertain and thus touching. Or I combine the sculpture with an unexpected element that really doesn't fit, and so disrupts the calm and the aesthetic. Each work must propose a new problem, so that the method doesn't gain the upper hand." 

The raincoats that are intended to protect, are made of garbage bags. Through its simplicity, the piece possesses a certain modesty. At the same time, the assembly of different materials and the play with oppositions and proportions, evoke other possible associations and new meanings. The work remains a puzzle, a form of seduction.

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Exhibitions & Ensembles

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

> Exhibition: Visite - Kunstenparcours 'Touching Textiles'. Cultuurcentrum De Ververij, Ronse, 28 September 2013 - 13 October 2013.

> Exhibition: Visite. Cultureel Centrum Overijse, Overijse, 03 April 2009 - 10 September 2009.