1924 - 1995
Born in Weert (), died in Dessel ().
Toon Tersas (1924–1995, Belgium) is the artist name of the ‘self-taught’ and ‘non-professional’ Antoon Keersmakers, who supports a large family by working as a clerk for an electricity company and is now described as ‘grossly underestimated’ during his lifetime. M HKA acquires a substantial amount of his works posthumously. Tersas’s calligraphic re-drawn newsprint pages from the 1960s and ’70s, often in languages other than Dutch, offer a sharp, sensitive analysis of how the public is manipulated by political power and its frequent use of violence. 'Portraits from the Cold War' are a good illustration of his subversive visual method.
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Portretten uit de Koude O...
Toon Tersas, Portretten uit de Koude Oorlog [Portraits from the Cold War], 1968. Print, ink, paper, 5 x (700 x 560 mm).
Omo wast niet alles wit [...
Toon Tersas, Omo wast niet alles wit [Omo Doesn't Wash Everything Out], 1966. Installation, textile, 93 x 50 cm.
Toon Tersas, Oberreichskriegsanwalt [Senior Attorney in the War Office], 1985. Drawing, washed ink, paper, 65 x 50 cm.
Tolles Gehirn [Crazy Brain]
Toon Tersas, Tolles Gehirn [Crazy Brain], 1971. Book, ink, paper, 23 x 29 cm.
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Museum of Parallel Narrat...
14 May 2011 - 02 October 2011.
Museum of Parallel Narratives presents a selection of works from the Arteast Collection 2000+ of the Moderna galerija in Ljubljana, the first
Word and Image in the Bel...
27 June 1992 - 15 November 1992.
Artists: Philippe Aguirre Y Otegui, Pierre Alechinsky, Benoit, Fred Bervoets, Guillaume Bijl, Guy Bleus, Gilles Brenta, Marcel Broodthaers, P
The collection XXXIII – T...
07 June 2013 - 22 September 2013.
The character of a collection reflected the current priorities of the M HKA collection: the evaluation of Antwerp’s avant-garde tradition; th
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Het Geëngageerde [The Eng...
To some extent, this is code for ‘politically or socially engaged art’. But only to some extent. Activism in art may also imply physical acti
The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public
It is possible to borrow works from the M HKA’s collection under strict conditions in terms of security and climatic conditions. Loan takers