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.

Sheela Gowda

©image: Iniva, London

° 1957

Lives in Bangalore (IN), born in Bhadravati (IN).

Sheela Gowda (°1957, Bhadravati, India) lives and works in Bangalore, India. Gowda is a trained painter, but has taken a sculptural path and makes mostly three-dimensional works and installations. In her abstract sculptures, she uses material with culture-specific meanings, such as human hair, cow manure, incense and kumkuma (a natural pigment that often has a bright red colour). In addition, she works with architectural and collected materials such as wood, metal and stone.

In Gowda’s works, the emphasis is placed on the traditional production processes, displaying a clear connection between her work and the lives of ordinary people. This association takes shape in her work in textile, where she does a series of subtle interventions on existing textiles or on its process. The materials used by the artist include a traditional hand-drawn Kalamkari fabric depicting the tree of life, embroidered motifs and a cloth decorated with Indian icons from the artist's private collection.

A widely used theme in Gowda's oeuvre is the increasingly marginalised and undervalued role of women, but also how the Indian woman is defined by her work, mental obstacles and sexual abuse.

The work of Gowda cannot be classified in a distinctive style, because she is too interested in the specificity of different materials, work processes and places. Despite this inability to categorise her work, we can say that drawing is a constant and important tool for approaching her conceptual work from various angles.


>Sheela Gowda, Kage Bangara, 2008.Installation, barrels.

>Sheela Gowda, Down Under, 2009.Sculpture, textile, 184 x 125 x 8 cm.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: SANTHAL FAMILY – Positions Around an Indian Sculpture. 01 February 2008 - 05 May 2008.

> Exhibition: Superdemocracy – The Senate of Things. 01 October 2017 - 31 October 2017.

> Exhibition: Textiles – Art and the Social Fabric. 10 September 2009 - 03 January 2010.

> Exhibition: The collection XXXIII – The Collection as a Character. 07 June 2013 - 22 September 2013.

> Exhibition: When Faith Moves Mountains. 17 July 2022 - 09 October 2022.

> Exhibition: Worth Fighting For. 14 November 2022 - 14 December 2022.

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> Ensemble: Down Under.

> Ensemble: NUCLEUS.


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> Ensemble: Space of World Making .



> Ensemble: Worth Fighting For.