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.

Pulotas, 1995

Installation, 125 x 20 x 2,7 cm, 64 x 74 x 2,7 cm, 24 x 500 x 2,7 cm, 81 x 78 x 2,7 cm, 24 x 20 x 2,7 cm, 60 x 117 x 2,7 cm, 197 x 68 x 2,7 cm.

© Photo: M HKA

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. S0440).

The elementary objects installed along with Khalfin's video pieces are called Pulota (plural: puloty or pulotas), referring to a central concept of Khalfin meaning ‘a void in a fist’. They represent the hollow space within a fist, a bodily camera obscura. The word itself is a combination of the Russian words pustota (void) and kulak (fist) and refers to nomadic wanderings through one’s inner space, an exploration which occupied Khalfin throughout his professional and personal life. 

Rustam Khalfin started to develop the concept of pulota in the 1990s. The ensembles of seven wooden objects acquired by M HKA in 2010 is a reconstruction based upon the original models by Kazakh artists Yelena Vorobyeva and Viktor Vorobyev.

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>Rustam Khalfin, Pulotas, 1995 (installation view, LATT: Europe at Large #6, M HKA, 2010)

>Rustam Khalfin, Pulotas,1995 (installation view, LATT: Europe at Large #6, M HKA, 2010)

>Rustam Khalfin, Pulotas, 1995 (installation view The Melancholy of Resistance. Works from the collection of M HKA, (Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu in Torun, Poland), 2010

>Rustam Khalfin's  Pulotas (1995)  were exhibited for the first at the exhibition Parad Galerei in 1995 (installation view, Parad Galerei [Galleries parade], A. Kasteev Museum of Art, Almaty, Kazakhstan, 1995). 

>Rustam Khalfin, Pulotas, 1995 (installation view, ...and the Others, 1st Bishkek International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, G. Aitiyev Kyrgyz National Museum of Fine Arts, Bishkek, 2004)


> Rustam Khalfin.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: The Melancholy of Resistance. Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu, Torun, 06 November 2010 - 03 January 2011.

> Exhibition: LATT: Europe at Large #6 Rustam Khalfin & Almagul Menlibayeva. M HKA, Antwerpen, 16 July 2010 - 29 August 2010.

> Exhibition: The collection XXVII – East of 4°24'. M HKA, Antwerp, 03 March 2011 - 21 August 2011.

> Ensemble: EUROPE AT LARGE.

> Ensemble: NUCLEUS.

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> Ensemble: Northern Barbarians.

> Ensemble: CENTRAL ASIA.