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.

Wat is kunst? [What is Art?], 1977

Installation, 198 x 292 cm.

image: © We Document Art, Collection M HKA, Antwerp, Foundation Gordon Matta-Clark

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. S0174).

In this text Léa Lublin formulates a list of questions: 'is art a desire?, a form of sublimation?, a neurosis?' Many of these questions carry a decidedly psychoanalytic subtext – already then, Lublin’s native Buenos Aires was a major centre for psychoanalysis. By these questions Lea Lublin criticizes on the social dimensions of art as an early form of institutional critique.

She is activating contemporary questions on the historical meaning and power of art and questioning the representational power of the past. This questioning characterises more the performance of an dialogue and is subversive, non-offensive; a weak position in which she leaves an opening for depreciation of the audience strengthened by ending with a trauma; ‘Art is a symptom?’. We can compare this linguistic experiment with similar work by her male co-generationists, Lawrence Weiner, Sol Lewitt or Robert Barry: typically, they do not ask questions, they just state the facts (or what they perceive to be the facts).

What is art?, 1977 also pops up in the vicinity of Jef Geys’ Women’s Questions?; is asking questions an unmanly instinct? The questions represent a female modesty (even though it is by no means an act of humility to drape one’s questions concerning the nature of art across the statue of the prince of painters (Rubens) or across a Calvary scene).

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>Léa Lublin, What is Art?, 1977

>Léa Lublin, What is Art?, 1977 In: A NON-U-MENTAL HISTORY OF M HKA PART 1: Foundation Gordon Matta-Clark – 02.05-29.08.2021


> Léa Lublin.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: EXTRA MUROS: Visite Herzele – Beyond words. M HKA, Herzele, 03 April 2015 - 03 May 2015.

> Exhibition: A NON-U-MENTAL HISTORY OF M HKA – Part 3: Classical Rewind. M HKA, Antwerp, 22 January 2022 - 23 April 2022.

> Exhibition: LATT: MUHKADEMIE 2013. M HKA, Antwerpen, 27 September 2013 - 05 January 2014.

> Exhibition: A NON-U-MENTAL HISTORY OF M HKA – Part 1: Foundation Gordon Matta-Clark. M HKA, Antwerp, 02 May 2021 - 29 August 2021.

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> Ensemble: Colour and Questions for Antwerp.

> Ensemble: NUCLEUS.

> Ensemble: Stichting Gordon Matta-Clark.

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>Jef Geys, !Vrouwenvragen? [!Women's questions?], 1965.Installation, ink, paper, 600 x 140 cm.