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.


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M HKA sets as its core task to ‘present an art hypothesis to the public’ or, in other words, to ‘mediate a vision of art’. This Art Hypothesis is a vision of art formulated by the museum and presented to the world. A classic museum arranges the artistic past into a ‘master narrative’, a canon. That canon gives the impression of being final and unchangeable. A museum for contemporary art, on the other hand, must continually challenge its views on the past, present and future; it must test its visions of artists, of the public, of society. In that way it can enrich, reconsider and reformulate its insight. The vision of art that the museum formulates therefore lives and evolves, continuously gaining power.

To formulate its Art Hypothesis M HKA takes as its starting point the vision of artists whom it finds important. This means that everything these artists do, everything they consider to be part of their practice, is of interest. These artists’ works require particular space and attention, but their preliminary studies and documents, editions, artists’ books and other printed matter, texts, blogs, websites and secondary sources are often equally important manifestations of their artistic energy. How artists position themselves in the world and present their work is also significant. When the different approaches that make up an artist’s vision are connected clusters may be created, and when related works, or clusters of works, are brought together they may create ensembles.

Organising connections is therefore an important part of giving shape to the Art Hypothesis. Ensembles can be created and structured in the most diverse ways, starting with the initial entry of information and metadata. With each action the ensemble continues to grow. Over time, this method will expand into a new dynamic museum practice.

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D'o  honore  all the details extended en fractures r%c3%a9compos%c3%a9es  1995 2000  photo syb'l. s.   pictures

>Honoré δ'O, 'All the details extended/En fractures recomposées', 1995-2001

>Text 'Approaching Art through Ensembles' by Bart De Baere, 2012


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>Paul De Vree Ensemble.

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Vercruysse  jan la feinte 1982  1989


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>The Book Lovers.

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>Vrielynck Collectie.

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