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.

The Beautiful Coloniser / Прекрасний колонізатор, 2020

Painting, 120 x 100 cm.

Photo: Pat Verbruggen

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp / Collection Flemish Community (Inv. no. BK009084).

With the painting The Beautiful Coloniser, Nikita Kadan raises questions on whether, within the history of Ukraine, one can see the Soviet period as colonialist, and on how relevant it is to look at the post-Soviet era of Ukraine through a post-colonial lens. Kadan not only reflects on his own struggling with culture, descent and patriotism, but above all on how the post-revolutionary reinterpretation of the Soviet past and the manipulation of historiography affects the collective memory of Ukraine. He wants to expose the legacy of the Soviet Union and examine its impact on recent developments in Ukraine.

Kadan often quotes books on Ukrainian social life, on past and present political propaganda and on art history. The Beautiful Coloniser is based on a picture of a 17th century statue from Benin found in a Soviet book on African art. As might be expected, the book was written from an anti-colonial perspective. The depicted coloniser is an iconic figure with long hair and beard. Kadan turns him into a communist by painting a communist star on the helmet. The helmet recalls some helmets of the Red Army and at the same time looks like an Orthodox church dome. Such contradictions are characteristic of Kadan's oeuvre, which oscillates between past and present, official state art and avant-garde, nationalism and internationalism.


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>Nikita Kadan, The Beautiful Colonizer, 2020



> Nikita Kadan / Нікіта Кадан.

Nikita Kadan is a Ukrainian visual artist who is confronted with how he as an artist must form his own socio

Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: Imagine Ukraine. M HKA, Antwerp, 06 May 2022 - 28 August 2022.

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> Exhibition: Museum in Motion - Nikita Kadan. M HKA, Antwerp, 16 September 2022 - 08 January 2023.

> Exhibition: Museum in Motion. M HKA, Antwerp, 16 September 2022 - 08 January 2023.

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> Ensemble: In Solidarity with Ukraine.

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> Ensemble: IMAGINE UKRAINE - Exhibitions.

> Ensemble: Уяви Україну – Мистецтво як критичне ставлення / Imagine Ukraine – Art as a Critical Attitude.