1924 - 1995
Born in Weert (), died in Dessel ().
Toon Tersas (1924–1995, Belgium) is the artist name of the ‘self-taught’ and ‘non-professional’ Antoon Keersmakers, who supports a large family by working as a clerk for an electricity company and is now described as ‘grossly underestimated’ during his lifetime. M HKA acquires a substantial amount of his works posthumously. Tersas’s calligraphic re-drawn newsprint pages from the 1960s and ’70s, often in languages other than Dutch, offer a sharp, sensitive analysis of how the public is manipulated by political power and its frequent use of violence. 'Portraits from the Cold War' are a good illustration of his subversive visual method.
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Portretten uit de Koude O...
Toon Tersas, Portretten uit de Koude Oorlog [Portraits from the Cold War], 1968. Print, ink, paper, 5 x (700 x 560 mm).
Muurkrant, fragmenten uit...
Toon Tersas, Muurkrant, fragmenten uit 'Tagebuch einer zorniger Zeitkritik', 1966 - 1967 [Wall Newspaper, fragments from 'Diary of an Angry Critique of the Time', 1966 - 1967], 1966-1967. Collage, ink, paper, variable dimensions.
Omo wast niet alles wit [...
Toon Tersas, Omo wast niet alles wit [Omo Doesn't Wash Everything Out], 1966. Installation, textile, 93 x 50 cm.
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Museum of Parallel Narrat...
14 May 2011 - 02 October 2011.
Museum of Parallel Narratives presents a selection of works from the Arteast Collection 2000+ of the Moderna galerija in Ljubljana, the first
Word and Image in the Bel...
27 June 1992 - 15 November 1992.
Artists: Philippe Aguirre Y Otegui, Pierre Alechinsky, Benoit, Fred Bervoets, Guillaume Bijl, Guy Bleus, Gilles Brenta, Marcel Broodthaers, P
The collection XXXIII – T...
07 June 2013 - 22 September 2013.
The character of a collection reflected the current priorities of the M HKA collection: the evaluation of Antwerp’s avant-garde tradition; th
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Het Geëngageerde [The Eng...
To some extent, this is code for ‘politically or socially engaged art’. But only to some extent. Activism in art may also imply physical acti
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