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.

Ensemble: Chapter 6: Perfect Death, 1974–1997, Brussels-Amsterdam-Antwerp-Cologne-Caïro / Hoofdstuk 6: Perfecte dood / Chapitre 6: Mort parfaite

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After ‘question’ came ‘perfect’, a word that Byars first used in the titles The Perfect Love Letter is to Write I Love You Backwards in the Air and The Perfect Kiss in Brussels (1974). This kiss was still closely related to Byars’s participatory plays where he gave directions, but after a while his performances became more austere one-man plays. The Perfect Kiss in Antwerp (1976) was a brief kiss in the air with the tinniest movement of the lips, which could be performed anywhere, anytime.

The performances gradually became more theatrical, until Byars performed his own death at Galerie des Beuax-Arts of Marie-Puck Broodthaers (1994). While a violinist plays Béla Bartók’s Marche funèbre, Byars enters a room entirely lined in gold leaf, lies down for a minute and leaves. After this five diamonds are positioned to symbolise Byars’s body: Five Points Make a Man.

Verberg deze beschrijving


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>James Lee Byars, Selfportrait, 1959.Other, painted wood, black paper ball (in six parts), 161.5 x 33 x 199 cm.


>Philippe De Gobert, Performance James Lee Byars, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, 1974.Video, black and white video, 00:17:22.

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>James Lee Byars, Halo around the ICC, Antwerp, 1976.Other, white paper, 29.5 x 21 cm.

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>Documentary photographs of 'The Extra-Terrestrial' at Essen University, 1976.Photography, black and white photographs, 7 x .

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>Documentary photographs of 'Extra-Terrestrial' action in Antwerp, 1976.Photography, black and white photographs, 13 x .

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>James Lee Byars, Extra-Terrestrial, ICC Antwerp, 1976.Miscellaneum, one-page catalogue, white paper in black cover, 29.5 x 21 cm, 29.5 x 42.5 cm.

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>James Lee Byars, The Perfect Kiss, Antwerp 1976, 1976.Other, paper, 29.5 x 21 cm.


>James Lee Byars, The Shadow of an Extraterrestrial Man/The Antwerp Giant, 1976.Installation, black tulle, 17 x 245 m.

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>Chris Goeyvaerts, The 100 Images Are in One Second, 1979.Video, colour, sound, 00:18:00.

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>James Lee Byars, The Tomb of James Lee Byars, 1986.Object, globe consisted of lime sand brick, 100 x 100 x 100 cm.

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>James Lee Byars, Tribute to the New Generation, 1991.Object, a disc of golden cardboard, with an embossed spiral on one side, Ø 1.8 cm.


>Unknown, The Death of James Lee Byars, Brussels, 1994.Video, 00:13:00.

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>James Lee Byars, Untitled, 1994.Object, glass and paper, ⌀ 100 cm.