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: Nikita Kadan – The Possessed Can Witness in the Court

M HKA, Antwerp

20 January 2018 - 29 April 2018

image: © M HKA, Collection M HKA

The Ukrainian artist Nikita Kadan started on an artistic conquest from his hometown Kiev to bring into view the turbulent and especially violent history of his people, his country, and by extension the whole former Soviet Union. Kadan draws, paints and makes installations – often in collaboration with architects, human rights activists and sociologists – and always with an eye on the dark side of the past. The artist wants to show how the horror of the past is still visible and noticeable in present-day life. Kadan not only shows his own struggles with culture, heritage and patriotism, but especially how the harmful effects of their abuse still affect daily life.

In 2015, the M HKA acquired Nikita Kadan's installation The Possessed Can Witness in the Court, a construction of archive shelving with works of the artist and personal objects. Later, two additional works were purchased: The Chronicle, a series of drawings by victims of torture, pogroms, the massacres in Volhynia and prisoners during the Nazi regime, and The Spectators, a portrait series of 'public enemies' from the former Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic in the 1930s. This ensemble will now be shown together for the first time.

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> Nikita Kadan / Нікіта Кадан, The Possessed Can Witness in the Court / Одержимий може свідчити в суді, 2015. Installation, metal construction with various objects like lightbox, photograph, plants, coal, a take away leaflet etc., 250 x 240 x 70 cm.

> Nikita Kadan / Нікіта Кадан, The Spectators / Глядачі, 2016. Drawing, charcoal on paper, 5 x (75 x 55 cm).

> Nikita Kadan / Нікіта Кадан, The Chronicle / Хроніка, 2016. Drawing, ink on paper, 18 x (15 x 20 cm)/(20 x 15 cm) .