M HKA gaat digitaal

Met M HKA Ensembles zetten we onze eerste ├ęchte 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: Matter as Meaning

 dsc1178 ©image: M HKA


This notion came to our mind when pairing works by Panamarenko, Nikos Kessanlis and Jan Henderikse.

Matter, in a natural state or shaped as an object, can be considered a bearer of information, by its natural qualities such as its shape, colour, texture, scent and weight; or by an image formed in its surface. This is a principle without which art would have not been possible in our culture. An object found by chance, a shape formed by chance or a material used by chance still convey specific information. Not unlike an archaeologist who makes a guess about a finding, or a geologist who theorises on events past in a geological time scale, a viewer can reconstruct the gestures that created an artwork. Art liberated itself from traditional formats in the 1960s, often celebrated matter as abundance accompanying innovative moves. 

The early work of Panamarenko leading up to his famous airplanes, his Prova Car, is really only an initial ‘prova’, a test image materializing in an ephemeral way. Likewise Kessanlis's Gestures are sculptural notes on a variety of materials. In the same epoch Henderikse makes a wall filled constellation with a multitude of light-hearted fruit boxes.

Verberg deze beschrijving


Pha123 01 s1

>Nikos Kessanlis, Bag, 1961.Sculpture, plaster, 22 x 33 x 23 cm.

Pha129 01 s1

>Nikos Kessanlis, Compressed Cotton, 1961.Sculpture, wooden press, cotton cloth, 43.5 x 60.5 x 40.5 cm.

Pha124 01 s1

>Nikos Kessanlis, Gesture, 1961.Sculpture, iron, coloured thread, wood, 34 x 30 x 100 cm.

Jan henderikse  kisten  1962

>Jan Henderikse, Houten groentekisten [Wooden Vegetable Crates], 1962-2012.Installation, wood, variable dimensions.


> Panamarenko, Prova Car, 1967.Object, tin, cellophane, 95 x 200 x 290 cm.


>Jan Henderikse, Assemblage, 2013.Object, wood, coins, paper, 27 x 14 x 4 cm.

Nikos kessanlis

>Nikos Kessanlis, Untitled.Sculpture.