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.

Men in Space, 2008

Book, 19.6 x 12.7 cm, 278 p, language: English, publisher: Richmond (Surrey): Alma Books, ISBN: 9781846880568.

©image: M HKA

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2024/685).

Literary synopsis

An artwork, a 19th-century icon from Bulgaria, will be smuggled out of the country as soon as a local crime syndicate has time to find a talented artist who can create a realistic-enough copy to fool church officials. They find him in Ivan Maňásek, an up-and-coming sculptor whose natural gregariousness places him at the epicenter of Prague’s Warholian art scene, whose inhabitants are constantly, painfully aware of their own ambitions and their conflicts over the search for the night’s best party or a more obscure bar. The longer Ivan works on the icon, the more committed he becomes to the purity of the copy. This consternates his sometime girlfriend, an American teacher desperate to fit into the art-school scene. The hinge to the syndicate’s plan is Anton Markov, a Bulgarian refugee who does their errands but feels at home among the art crowd; his planned flight to America is on hold while his wife attempts to wrest custody of her children from her first marriage, and someone is already filing detailed police reports about him with the nascent Czech state. By continuously maintaining this narrative drift even through the most dramatic turns, McCarthy is able to reinforce the idea that Men in Space is not just one character's tale, but a system of many.

Relation of the novel to the artist’s practice

In Men in Space McCarthy’s approach, if only very occasionally stalling otherwise fluid prose, effectively expresses his fascination with the ways in which we subject ourselves to systems and patterns.

Authorship: Artist Author.

Creative Strategy: Artwork-Novel Parallel Lives.

Genre: Historical fiction.

Publishing: Publishing House.

Theme: Art, Disintegration.

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> Tom McCarthy.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE ARTWORK BECOMES A NOVEL?. M HKA, Antwerp, 07 December 2012 - 21 April 2013.

> Exhibition: Book Lovers 4.0 (Pop-up Bookstore). De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam, 28 January 2014 - 02 February 2014.

> Exhibition: THE BOOK LOVERS - A Project about Artist Novels. The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, 25 January 2013 - 09 March 2013.

> Exhibition: The Preparation of the Novel (Book Lovers 5.0). Fabra i Coats - Centre d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, 18 July 2014 - 05 September 2014.

> Ensemble: The Artist's Novel.