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.

Zij die hier zijn zijn van hier, 2007

Print, 80 x 68 cm.

Walter swennen  zij die hier zijn zijn van hier  2007 ©image: M HKA

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. BK7649_M413).

The Brussels-based artist Walter Swennen is active as poet and painter, and his work often places to the fore this mutual exchange between word and image.  Swennen paints or draws with playful irony, with a particular talent for visual associations.  He calls himself an impaired painter, and further contends that he uses this 'impairment' in order to paint.

The piece Zij die hier zijn zijn van hier [Those who are here are from here], may be seen as a written painting or as a painted text.  This ambiguity is pursued in the text itself.  What at first sight seems like a clear, slogan-like message, becomes - after several readings - much less unequivocal.  Who exactly are the 'Those'?  And what is meant by 'here'?  Without context, is seems near impossible to discover its true meaning.

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>Walter Swennen, Zij die hier zijn zijn van hier, 2007.Painting, oil, canvas, 80 x 68 cm.