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.

Exhibition: Els Dietvorst - Dooltocht I A desperate quest to find a base for hope

M HKA, Antwerpen

07 February 2020 - 30 August 2020

Elsdietvorst mhka website © M HKA

With *Dooltocht/A desperate quest to find a base for hope, the M HKA presents the first retrospective exhibition of the Antwerp artist Els Dietvorst. The exhibition presents a coherent overview of her large and complex oeuvre, which includes social actions, documentaries, films and videos, clay sculptures, theatre texts, ink drawings and installations.

Els Dietvorst is a socially engaged artist who uses her visual work as a means to create social involvement. She finds highly personal forms of expression in the various media she utilises. Her work focuses on the many forms of social communication and interpersonal relationships and conflicts. This is evidenced in impressive socio-artistic projects, such as De terugkeer van de zwaluwen (The Return of Swallows) (1999-2004) in the Brussels Anneessens district or Koningskinderen (Royal Children) (2003) in the juvenile detention centre in Mol. Dietvorst also pays specific attention to the position of the outsider and focuses her gaze – sometimes over a period of several years – on people and events that would otherwise go unnoticed. In 2003, for example, she followed Luigi, an Italian migrant who herded his sheep on the banks of the Brussels-Charleroi canal, and created an authentic portrait of him in Lied voor de prijs van een geit (Song for the price of a goat).

Els Dietvorst's oeuvre deals with collaboration, communication and social and ecological awareness. The exhibition *Dooltocht/A desperate quest to find a base for hope seeks to find a framework in which to present this complexity, for no matter how energetic her art may be, it essentially revolves around fragility, transformation and metamorphosis. This ties in with the specificity and diversity of her media use. *Dooltocht/A desperate quest to find a base for hope aims to convey this approach within a cohesive picture, reflecting sharp choices and presented in an individual manner, allowing space for time and connective possibilities.

*Dooltocht/A desperate quest to find a base for hope is a continuation of the series of exhibitions in which the M HKA presents a specific overview of both younger (Laure Prouvost, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Otobong Nkanga) and more historical (Chantal Akerman, Marcel Broodthaers, James Lee Byars, Joseph Beuys, Robert Filliou) artists, with a focus on the contemporary relevance potential of their specific oeuvre.



Sunday 26 April

17:00 hrs

I Watched the White Dogs of the Dawn in De Cinema 

+ aftertalk by Els Dietvorst



On the occasion of the exhibition, we present the publication Els Dietvorst, published by die Keure, Bruges, with text contributions by Bart De Baere, Els Dietvorst, Hans Theys, Cherry Smyth, Roberto Monteiro and Pascal Gielen.

The publication comprises an English main volume with texts and images, and a Dutch addendum with translated texts. The publication will be available at the M HKA-shop from 06.02.2020 onwards.


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> Els Dietvorst, Sappho (Daughters of Zeus), 1988. Print, woodcut; ink on paper, 108 x 75.5 cm.

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> Els Dietvorst, Mandrake, Manhole, Bunker, Trou, 1998-2019. Drawing, red-black ink on the wall, in situ.

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> Orla Barry , Els Dietvorst, Els Dietvorst & Orla Barry 'De Terugkeer van de Zwaluwen - Le Retour des Hirondelles - The Return of the Swallows' (Zwaluwenmagazine), 1999-2005. Periodical, ink on paper, 5 nummers: ill. ; 39,7 x 29,6 cm .

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> Els Dietvorst, Tante Paula beentjes [Aunty Paula Legs], 2000. Sculpture, loam, wood, sackcloth.

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> Els Dietvorst, Pereman, 2000. Sculpture, loam.

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> Els Dietvorst, Orla Barry , The Scavenger's Daughter & White Pompei, 2000. Sculpture, loam, wood, sackcloth.

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> Jan Braet, Els Dietvorst, Orla Barry , No Shooting, 2000. Book, ink on paper, 16.5 x 20 cm.

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> Els Dietvorst, Engel [Angel], 2001. Sculpture, loam, wood, sackcloth.

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> Els Dietvorst, Giant's Feet, 2001. Video, mini dv, 00:10:00.


> Els Dietvorst, Vive la Démocracie, 2002. Video, digital file, 00:60:00.

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> Els Dietvorst, Act One, 2002. Video, mini dv, 00:02:00.

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> Els Dietvorst, Cahier 2. Els Dietvorst / Ralf Bas: Hoe stichtend is een gesticht? Een utopische gedachtenwisseling over het opsluiten van delinquente jongeren door Ralf Bas en Els Dietvorst., 2004. Book, ink on paper, 23.4 x 18 cm.

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> Els Dietvorst, E.D., 2004. Book, ink on paper, 24.2 x 18.7 cm.

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> Els Dietvorst, Koningskinderen, 2004. Book, ink on paper, 21.5 x 15.5 cm.

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> Els Dietvorst, Libera Me, 2006-2007. Video, 16 mm film, 00:01:47.

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> Els Dietvorst, Skull 2, 2008. Installation, metal, wood, loam, pigeons.

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> Dirk Braeckman, Els Dietvorst, Time Is A Book (Time Festival), 2009. Book, ink on paper, 34 x 24,5 cm, 34 p..


> Els Dietvorst, As Long as the Blackbird Sings, 2009. Video, mini dv (colour, sound), 00:29:13.

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> Els Dietvorst, First Impressions, 2011-2012. Video, digital file, 00:05:00.

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> Els Dietvorst, The Pheasant Plucker's Wife, 2011. Drawing, red-black ink on simili japon, 23.9 x 32.2 cm.

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> Els Dietvorst, Zonder titel [Untitled], 2013. Drawing, red ink on paper, 15 x 12 cm (framed; 47.5 x 39.5 cm).

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> Els Dietvorst, Stigmata, 2018. Drawing, red-black ink on simili japon, 16 x 11.9 cm.

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> Els Dietvorst, Me, 2019. Print, woodcut; ink on paper, 32 x 24 cm - (woodblock: 18 x 13.5 cm).

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> Els Dietvorst, The Dance of the Thatcher, 2019. Video, digital file, 00:40:00.

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> Els Dietvorst, *Dooltocht / A desperate quest to find a base for hope, 2019. Drawing, bister on simili japon, 63.5 x 70.5 cm.

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> Els Dietvorst, Ur / C'est de la Babylone, 2019. Drawing, red-black ink on simili japon, 16.7 x 12.3 cm.

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> Els Dietvorst, Ur / C'est de la Babylone, 2019. Drawing, red-black ink on simili japon, 16.5 x 12.3 cm.


> Els Dietvorst, Swallow Landscape [Zwaluwenlandschap], 2019. Video, mini dv (colour, sound), 00:40:00.

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> Els Dietvorst, Ur / C'est de la Babylone, 2019. Sculpture, loam, wood, sackcloth, variable dimensions.

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> Els Dietvorst, Save Me , 2020. Sculpture, wood, 30 x 16.5 cm.

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> Els Dietvorst, Hug Me, 2020. Sculpture, wood, 34 x 21 cm.

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> Els Dietvorst, Now!, 2020. Installation.