1933 - 1996
Born in New York (), died in New York (), based in Moscow (RU), born in Moscow (RU).
Dan Flavin is a fundamental figure of Minimal Art, famous for constellations of standard-issue neon lamps, usually Untitled (but dedicated in brackets to artists, critics or friends). Opulent and deliberately transitory, his light pieces are now expensive commodities whose owners struggle to prolong the lifespan of obsolete strips or bulbs. Flavin said: ‘These “monuments” only survive as long as the light system is useful, 2100 hours.’ The exhibited corner piece subtly subverts our understanding of light, space and how they affect each other, making a ‘new space’ emerge and emphasising how a predictable method can yield unpredictable results.
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Untitled (to the real Dan...
Dan Flavin, Untitled (to the real Dan Hill) 1b, 1978. Sculpture, neon, 244 x 12 x 22 cm.
Untitled (to a Man, Georg...
Dan Flavin, Untitled (to a Man, George McGovern), 1972. Sculpture, strip lights, 316 x 316 x 10.3 cm.
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EXTRA MUROS: DE INTERNATI...
26 November 2011 - 29 January 2012.
L'Internationale is a European joint venture between five museums and artists’ archives - Moderna Galerija Ljubljana, M HKA, Van Abbe Museum,
The collection XXXII – Pe...
07 December 2012 - 21 April 2013.
2013 was the ‘year of the collection’. Two large exhibitions and an extensive book put the contents of the M HKA collection on the map and po
EXTRA MUROS: Visite Borne...
03 May 2014 - 25 May 2014.
Under the umbrella term Visite, the M HKA – in collaboration with LOCUS, the hub for libraries, cultural and community centres and local cult
Museumnacht: Topstukken i...
01 August 2015.
Some highlights from the M HKA collection were taken from the dark museum depots and polished to be shine only one night. But lighting lacks.
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Het Essentiële [The Essen...
The works selected for this category are clear and strong, both in their idea and their form. They are ‘essential’ because they refuse to com
Collectie Vlaamse Gemeens...
The M HKA holds works on permanent loan that were acquired with the budget of the Vlaamse Commissie voor Beeldende Kunst (Flemish Visual Art
The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public