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.

Philip Huyghe

Double Portrait (left), 1997

Photography, 125 x 125 cm.

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. BK6929_A).

Double Portrait is staged color photograph.  It is a double-portrait of the artist and his mother.  With the aid of a plastic surgeon, a silicon mask was devised wherein the faces of mother and son meld together.  Philip Huyghe wears this mask, along with the same clothes as his mother, and assumes an identical pose.  Despite the proficient masquerade, Philip never becomes his mother's double.  The result of this staging is an image of mother alongside mother, familiarity alongside estrangement.

The artist himself describes his work as "a passage between reality and fantasy": the relationship with reality is intentionally disrupted.

In his search for identity, Philip Huyghe takes his lead from his immediate lineage.  His parents are frequently recruited as authentic actors.  He recycles them as though they are 'living evidence'.  By involving his parents in his work, he investigates himself and his relationship with the world.  He creates an artistic safe haven by taking what is most familiar to him, and then visually and conceptually analyzing and transforming this material.  His parents function as a point of orientation in Huyghe's investigation into his own identity and history.  This concerns more than mere recording of his own surroundings.  He doesn't document; he stages.  Moreover, his work is also more than just a search for identity or an investigation into the value grid of a socio-economic group.  He delves into his own identity, his own genealogy.

Double Portrait contains subtle art-historical references.  The atmosphere and composition reminds us of the painted double-portraits of times long, long ago.

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Philip Huyghe.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: The collection XVII – En Double . MuHKA, Antwerpen, 25 November 2006 - 11 February 2007.

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

> Exhibition: EXTRA MUROS: Visite Herzele – Beyond words. M HKA, Herzele, 03 April 2015 - 03 May 2015.