M HKA gaat digitaal

Met M HKA Ensembles zetten we onze eerste ├ęchte 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.

Sturtevant: Author of the Quixote, 2008

Book, 17.5 x 11.5 cm, 48 p, language: English, publisher: Walther Koenig, ISBN: 9783865604729.

Walther Koenig

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2027/54).

Literary synopsis

In her artist novel, Elaine Sturtevant draws upon Jorge Luis Borges’s short story Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote, in which Borges combines fiction and reality in such a way that these become indistinguishable.

The protagonist of the Argentine writer’s tale is the French author Menard, who aims not to copy, but to recreate the Don Quixote of Cervantes, line for line. The result is a work identical to that created by Cervantes 400 years earlier, for Menard’s version is the only perfect way to reinvent Quixote. It is a reflection on questions of originality and authorship – the ideal reference for the conceptual approach taken in Sturtevant’s artistic work.         

Relation of the novel to the artist’s practice

Sturtevant is known for copying the works of famous artists – including Warhol, Johns, Stella, and Rauschenberg – while at the same time employing original techniques. Her aim, as she herself notes, is to evade the compulsion to be original that burdens all artists.

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> Ensemble: The Artist's Novel.