Lives in Antwerp (BE), born in Merksem (BE).
Ria Pacquée is active as an artist since 1979. She portrays casual situations and objects from the everyday world: the street, the market, cemeteries and the desert are her work area.
Initially, her work consists of performances and body art. In the early eighties, for example, she develops the Madame character, exploring its life for several years. She is accompanied by a photographer who captures Madame's experiences.
Since 1992, Pacquée renounces performance and takes place behind the camera herself. From then on, different series follow. Often, these are pictures of objects found in the street, which are mutually associated through their shape or colour. This way, she shows our environment in a different manner.
Pacquée's later work is characterised by observation, with strong elements of visual anthropology and political commentary.
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Curtain of Silence
Ria Pacquée, Curtain of Silence, 1998. Photography, colour photograph on aluminium, protected by a layer of foil, 190 x 120 cm.
Madame Looking for the Ri...
Ria Pacquée, Madame Looking for the Right Direction Without Seeing the Beauty of the City, 1991. Photography.
FROM MY ROTTING BODY, FLO...
Ria Pacquée, FROM MY ROTTING BODY, FLOWERS SHALL GROW AND I AM IN THEM AND THAT IS ETERNITY, 2014. Multiple, photo print on barite paper, wooden shelf, flower pot in terra cotta, ground, dymo lettering.
Zonder titel [Untitled]
Ria Pacquée, Zonder titel [Untitled], 1992. Installation, colour photo, 490 x 690 cm.
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The collection III – Spri...
22 February 2003 - 18 May 2003.
In the first presentation, there was much room for the rather conceptually coloured core of the collection – the works from the Gordon Matta-
The Eightees – A Decade o...
17 June 2016 - 18 September 2016.
The Eighties – A Decade of Extremes presents a nuanced picture of the eighties with all its contrasts, cheerful and playful, but also hard an
Urgent Conversations: Ant...
18 November 2017 - 07 January 2018.
Last year, M HKA was invited by EMST in Athens for the opening exhibition in the new museum building. Today, Urgent Conversations: Antwerp –
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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
The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public
Aanwinsten 2015 [Acquisit...
In 2015, several major works by Belgian, European, African, Asian and South-American artists were purchased. In shaping the M HKA collection,