Born in Ukkel (BE).
Belgian visual artist Jacqueline Mesmaeker (°1929) begins her artistic career in the sixties as a fashion designer. She receives her degree from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels in 1967. She teaches at various of schools while applying herself as a visual artist, creating installations, videos and photography. On the side-line she continues to write, draw and design throughout her entire oeuvre.
Mesmaeker plays with space and time, with the visible and illusions. Her work is layered and structured, which allows her viewers to gain access to her thought processes. These trains of thought are largely defined by the relationship between the concepts “space” and “time”, both paved the way for an entirely new approach to the concept “image” since the invention of photography. Before this invention reality was a passing event. A person – or the artist – was the only one capable of attempting to capture reality in images, true to form or not. Photography led to images with anachronistic discrepancies: what is seen on paper is a “has been” that is “present here and now” (according to Roland Barthes). In this case the viewer becomes the connecting factor for the image, a link in an unbroken and linear space-time relationship. Perhaps this strange contradiction between spatial presence and absent time is the leitmotif throughout her work.
Jacqueline Mesmaeker’s images allow viewers to go on an imaginary time travel, while floating through uncertainty. Is it a memory or a recollection? A trail or a labyrinth, a dream or forgetfulness? She leaves all her options open by playing with the many aspects and empirical traits of photography: projection, print, duplicate, oxidation, fixation, petrification.
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21 MARS 1975 17H23
Jacqueline Mesmaeker, 21 MARS 1975 17H23 , 1975. Photography, paper, 36 x (50 x 39.2 x 2 cm).
Conversation au bord de l...
Jacqueline Mesmaeker, Conversation au bord de la Seine, 1984-2017. Sculpture, wood, nut shells, cigarette butts, candle wax, 26 x 54 x 26 cm.
Jacqueline Mesmaeker, Jacqueline Mesmaeker, 1984. Book, ink, paper, 29.7 x 21 cm, language : Nederlands, Frans, author : Pierre Sterckx, publisher : SBKM/de Vleeshal, Middelburg.
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28 April 2017 - 05 April 2020.
For the first time, the M HKA will be able to present a permanent collection exhibition with iconic masterpieces from Flemish and internation
EXTRA MUROS: Geel – Middl...
15 September 2018 - 04 November 2018.
Exhibition project Middle Gate II – The Story of Dymphna is a cooperation between M HKA, the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, and cultural
21 MARS 1975 17H23
12 May 2018 - 02 September 2018.
Jacqueline Mesmaeker starts her career in the fashion, architecture and design world. Out of her necessity to create images, Mesmaeker starts
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Collectie Vlaamse Gemeens...
The M HKA holds works on permanent loan that were acquired with the budget of the Vlaamse Commissie voor Beeldende Kunst (Flemish Visual Art
Permanent Collection 2017...
The M HKA collection is built around three approaches to art: image, action and society. While generally works cannot be classified exclusive