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 Perfect Philosophy, 1975


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Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. S0389_02).

The letters that James Lee Byars wrote in pencil on a toothpick stand for The First Totally Interrogative Philosophy. According to this American sculptor and performance artist, his work opens up a space for reflection, a place where it is more important to ask questions than to provide answers. Byars regards answers as ideological constructions, as solutions that make new questions disappear. In TH FI TO IN PH he answers unrelated questions with further questions. Byars strives to liberate conceptual images from their constraints, and so create an openness for the absolute. This golden pin and toothpick can be seen as symbols of the absolute. Byars likes to work with everyday objects, but places them in a mystical sphere. In other words, he combines earthly matters and spirituality. Against the dark background, the pin and toothpick emerge as mysterious entities, and we can enjoy moments of unexpected perfection in their contemplation. This aspect is something that Byars often strived for: one of his uncompleted projects was for a nail, 333-meters long, which he wanted to place in Berlin. The gigantic work was intended to reach the clouds, but at the same time could be described as a light-ray from the heavens descending down upon us. James Lee Byars' motto "announce the perfect until it happens" can most certainly be applied to these objects as well. With Byars’ toothpick and pin – the latter of which is the smallest object in the M HKA collection – he attempts to make the impossible possible.

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Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: EXTRA MUROS: Tracés. Similarities and dissonants. Kringloopcentrale, Antwerpen, 01 March 2012 - 31 March 2012.

> Exhibition: The collection XXX – The Museum of Forgotten History, with intervention by Maarten Vanden Eynde. M HKA, Antwerpen, 29 June 2012 - 16 September 2012.

> Exhibition: EXTRA MUROS: Visite Bornem - Gedeelde Ruimte. CC Ter Dilft, Bornem, 03 May 2014 - 25 May 2014.

> Ensemble: NUCLEUS.

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> Ensemble: Spiritual Form.

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> Ensemble: Shadow of an Extraterrestrial Man.

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> Ensemble: An Architecture for Art - James Lee Byars.

Related Items

>James Lee Byars, TH FI TO IN PH, 1975.Object, wooden toothpick, 5.6 x 0.2 cm.