Sie sollten in Ruhe weiterarbeiten - 50 years of Dead Letters
M HKA, Antwerp
28 January 2023 - 30 April 2023
The oeuvre of Antwerp-based artist Denmark has for more than 50 years been a search for simplicity and essence. He recycles and transforms discarded information carriers such as books, magazines and newspapers into visual artworks. He wages a symbolic and existential battle against the incessant stream of opinions and news events in the mass media. The more (dis-)information, fake news or alternative facts, the greater the chance for misguidedness.
To mark the 50th anniversary of his artistic career, M HKA is organising a collection presentation featuring four of Denmark's installations. With his 'quiet' tablets and installations, the artist creates a gap between looking and understanding, between recognition and alienation. The installation Daily Dust contains dust of pulverised printed matter and is displayed in the museum's reading room.
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Six days a week
Denmark, Six days a week, 1998. Collage, newspaper, glue, wood, 6 x (45 x 32 x 1.6 cm).
Denmark, Last Post, 2013-2016. Installation, kranten geperst tussen stalen platen op ijzeren stelling, 5 parts: 127.2 x 47.7 x 32.2 cm / 134 x 41.2 x 29.6 cm / 129 x 48.4 x 32 cm / 130 x 47.2 x 32 cm / 130 x 47.2 x 32 cm.
Denmark, Daily Dust, 1974-2023. Installation, 119 bokalen verpulverde kranten en magazines, variable dimensions.
Dode Letters [Dead Letters]
Denmark, Dode Letters [Dead Letters], 2022. Collage, horizontaal versneden kranten, 52 x (57.5 x 40 x 2.5 cm).
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Earlier in 1995, M HKA devoted a major exhibition to Denmark's work. Click here to take a closer look at the set-up of the exhibition as wel
Earlier in 1995, M HKA devoted a major exhibition to Denmark's work. Click here to take a closer look at the set-up of the exhibition as well