Born in Merksem (BE), lives in Antwerp (BE).
Ria Pacquée (°1954) has been active as an artist since 1979. She portrays casual situations and objects from the everyday world: the street, the market, cemeteries and the desert are her work area.
Initially, her work consists of performances and body art. In the early eighties, for example, she develops the Madame character, exploring her life for several years. She is accompanied by a photographer who captures Madame's experiences. Despite the light humours approach, the photos present an endless loneliness.
Since 1992, Pacquée renounces performance and takes place behind the camera herself. From then on, different series follow. Often, these are pictures of objects found in the street, which are mutually associated through their shape or colour. This way, she shows our environment in a different manner.
Pacquée's later work is characterised by observation, with strong elements of visual anthropology and political commentary.
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Madame Looking for the Ri...
Ria Pacquée, Madame Looking for the Right Direction Without Seeing the Beauty of the City, 1991. Photography.
Ria Pacquée 'Desert of Fr...
Ria Pacquée, Ria Pacquée 'Desert of Fragments', 2001. Book, ink, paper, 24.5 x 19 cm, language : English, Dutch, publisher : Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerpen, ISBN : 90-72828-15-1.
INDIVIDU : DUIDING. Verbo...
Marlene Dumas, Christine & Irene Hohenbüchler, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven / AMVK, Ria Pacquée, INDIVIDU : DUIDING. Verboden verbindingen + Twijfelachtige verbanden (Marlene Dumas, Christine & Irene Hohenbuchler, Annemie Van Kerckhoven, Ria Pacquée), 1991. Book, ink, paper, 42 x 29.8 cm, 31 p., language : Dutch, publisher : Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten/Internationaal Cultureel Centrum, Antwerpen.
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Hommage à Bernd Lohaus
20 January 2011.
In order to commemorate Bernd Lohaus, who died November 5 2010, the M HKA brought an homage. Interventions of befriended artists and small pe
Urgent Conversations: Ant...
18 November 2017 - 07 January 2018.
Last year, M HKA was invited by EMST in Athens for the opening exhibition in the new museum building. Today, Urgent Conversations: Antwerp –
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The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public
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The M HKA collection is built around three approaches to art: image, action and society. While generally works cannot be classified exclusive
Permanent Collection 2017...
REMARKABLE PRESENCES A collection grows organically. Aside from its main lines and core references, it is also made up of moments an