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: Elene Chantladze & Nata Janberidze / Keti Toloraia (Rooms Studio) — europalia georgia

M HKA, Antwerp

23 September 2023 - 07 January 2024

©ELENE CHANTLADZE & NATA JANBERIDZE / KETI TOLORAIA (ROOMS STUDIO)

This exhibition proposes establishing a connection between the work of the artist and poet Elene Chantladze and that of the designers Nata Janberidze and Keti Toloraia, the duo behind Rooms Studio. The unprecedented encounter that materialises in the show is rooted in the intuition that both practices express and engage with a strong and active commitment to places.

Far away from the international artistic and cultural circuits, Elene Chantladze works from her home in Tskaltubo. Her house serves as a studio, a home for the different generations of her family that she cares for and a space to host and welcome visitors who regularly come to meet her and see her work. Chantladze’s practice comprises poems, short stories and paintings. Her writing and visual work share her interpretations of experiencing life close to the powers of childhood, animals and nature, while also being affected by dominant forces such as geopolitical conflicts and patriarchy. The artist employs materials and pigments sourced from her immediate surroundings, such as pieces of cardboard, boxes, plastic covers, gasoline or mulberry juice. 

Nata Janberidze and Keti Toloraia’s design studio is located in the heart of Tbilisi, on the ground floor of a historical building in Vera district. The large apartment they occupy looks like a defeated palace, now driven by an energetic sense of freedom, simplicity and creativity. Rooms Studio uses the space as a showroom, a buzzing workplace and, at times, a space to host parties where a community of engaged minds meet and exchange ideas. Rooms Studio is known for conceiving and designing interiors, crafted objects and sculptural furniture pieces, often in collaboration with Georgian craftspeople and artists. Their designs combine a thoughtful consideration of historical shapes and materials, drawing inspiration from the informal street designs emerging in Tbilisi, a rapidly transforming city, with ideas derived from international trends. The creations of Rooms Studio succeed in bearing a temporal mark that always links an evanescent cultural heritage with a strong and sensitive commitment to the here and now.

The exhibition at M HKA articulates and celebrates the common ground that comes alive through their work. Beyond their specific approaches to painting, storytelling and design, the two practices share their acknowledgement of interiors and, by extension, of interiority as an essential space that contributes to the development of resilience, freedom and, most importantly, the conception of new imaginaries. The places where everyday life happens, whether indoor or outdoor, intimate or public, act as sites of observation and emancipation. Vernacular practices are understood and used by the three women in a progressive fashion, leading local traditions, resources and knowledge towards transformative terrains far away from the status quo.

The show features a generous selection of drawings and paintings by Elene Chantladze made between the 1990s and the present day, in dialogue with newly conceived furniture, display and support structures by Rooms Studio. Sometimes the two oeuvres hold space for each other; at other times they remain autonomous.

A small publication accompanies the exhibition, with essays commissioned from the author and curator, Elene Abashidze, and the artist Andro Eradze. The two were invited to interpret and document the encounter between Elene Chantladze and Rooms Studio freely from the perspective of their own engagements and practices.

This project is part of M HKA’s In Situ programme, a series of exhibitions focusing on the development of new work and projects commissioned for the largest and most atypical space in the museum. It is being held as part of Europalia Georgia, an arts festival taking place across Belgium from 4 October 2023 until 14 January 2024.

Click here to browse the digital scan of the exhibition.

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> Elene Chantladze, 31. ჩიტების სამფლობელო [The domain of birds], 2005. Painting, mixed media on paper, 14.5 x 18 cm.

> Elene Chantladze, 24. თავისუფალი ხატვა [Free drawing], 2009. Painting, mixed media on cardboard, 28 × 21.5 cm.

> Elene Chantladze, 47. მოხუცები [Elderly], 2012. Photography, mixed media on paper, 20 x 28.5 cm.

> Rooms Studio, Oversized Timber Piece, 2019. Object, reclaimed oak with painted elements, 285 x 115 x 130 cm.

> Elene Chantladze, 33. თავისუფალი ხატვა [Free drawing], 11.04.2021, 2021. Painting, mixed media on cardboard, 13.5 × 18.5 cm.

> Rooms Studio, Dry Bridge Daybed, 2022. Object, reclaimed oak, aluminum, 92.5 × 250.5 × 70 cm.

> Rooms Studio, Casted Aluminium Throne, 2022. Object, cast aluminium, 116.5 x 48 x 49 cm.

> Elene Abashidze, Salt, Matches, Soap [Part of the exhibition: Elene Chantladze & Nata Janberidze / Keti Toloraia (Rooms Studio)], 2023. Text.

> Rooms Studio, Tube DIY Bench, 2023. Object, steel, cast aluminium, fabric, 40.5 × 403.5 × 53.5 cm.

> Rooms Studio, The Wall - Wood/Metal, 2023. Object, painted pine wood, cast aluminium, 2x (248.5 × 238 × 51.5 cm).

> Rooms Studio, Temporary Partition Wall 2, 2023. Object, steel frame and glass, 240.5 × 550 × 211.5 cm.

> Rooms Studio, Temporary Partition Wall 1, 2023. Object, steel frame, reused bedsheets, 241 × 760 × 218 cm.

> Rooms Studio, Re-building Timber, 2023. Object, reclaimed oak, cast aluminium, 251.5 × 297 × 48.5 cm.

> Rooms Studio, Layered Low Structure, 2023. Object, steel sheets, cast aluminium, 19.5 × 298.5 × 103.5 cm.

> Rooms Studio, Wooden Bench, 2023. Object, reclaimed oak, 51 × 240 × 44.5 cm.

> Elene Chantladze, 50. თავისუფალი ხატვა [Free Drawing]. Painting, mixed media on paper, 24 x 29.5 cm.