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.


Liliane vertessen  waanzin  2018  courtesy to the artist Courtesy of the artist

It's a crazy story, that of Dymphna, and a story full of madness. The devil lurks around every corner. But what is the core of the madness here? The desperation of the father when his wife dies, the delusion of marrying his daughter, or the fury leading to her decapitation?

Hallucinations and delusions can occur, making thinking and emotions confused. Disorders affect identity and physical functioning. Insanity or madness or lunacy: reality loses its normal sense because reason is disturbed, the mind bewildered. Where the Middle Ages distinguished categories such as phrenesis, insania, epilepsy and hysteria, the enlightenment started seeing madness as the opposite of reason, and subsequently, madmen were declared mentally ill. A pathological system was developed, but without clarity about the causes, which can be biochemical as well as genetic, and in which both psychological and social factors play a role. With sixties anti-psychiatry, these systematics and their treatments are rejected, and seen as social constructions and power manipulations.

The Gasthuismuseum (or Hospital Museum) is a good location for the theme of madness, not so much because once, alongside the sick, pilgrims were also cared for, but above all because, as tradition has it, it was built on the spot where, in a fury, Dymphna was beheaded by her father.

Liliane Vertessen takes up the knife herself in her title image, It's the experience of madness. One's own border experience is also the starting point for artists like Jan Cox, who exorcises his childhood memories; Douglas Gordon, who transfers a truth drug to what is only apparently just a self-portrait but is actually a portrait of the artist; and Cindy Sherman, who again and again transforms her self-appearance. Frank Theys and Yang Zhenzhong evoke the nightly delusions of life and death. Madness also has a social dimension: that of drug use and its criminalisation (portrayed by Sergey Bratkov); media forgery (thematised by Barbara Kruger); social adjustment (undone by Donna Kukama); and the relationship between ethnic platitudes and the personal (a subject by Taus Makhacheva).

For art, shifting the image people have of themselves, and aiming to change the one they try to make of the world, is not a problem, but a possibility. Art embraces the space in which the false certainty of ideologies crumbles and the unstable 'comes into the picture'. This is what Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin, Jan De Lauré, Nadia Naveau, Joëlle Tuerlinckx and Jan Van Oost show us. And it allows us to question one's own position, as Sigefride Bruna Hautman, Rebecca Horn and ORLAN do, with lust for freedom and grandeur; Minnette Vári, who relates to the flood of images; and Ina Wudtke, who embraces the whole absurdity of her position and gets to work. It is imagination that opens up and makes reality once more into a possibility.

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Horn  0023 rebecca  films 1  performances i still2

>Rebecca Horn, Film 1: Performances I, 1970-1972, 1970-1972.Film, dvd, 00:19:00.

Cox jan oh those voices  boston 1972 photo m hka

>Jan Cox, Oh! Those Voices, Boston, 1972, 1972.Painting, acrylic on canvas, 127 x 159 cm.

Horn  berlin spiegel

>Rebecca Horn, Film 1: Berlin - Exercises in nine parts, 1974/75, 1974-1975.Film, dvd, 00:40:03 min .

Cox jan jeugdherinneringen sd photo m hka

>Jan Cox, Herinneringen aan mijn kinderjaren, 1980.Painting, acrylic on canvas, 120 x 160 cm.

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>Liliane Vertessen, MM Lola, 1983.Mixed Media, photo, neon, 200 x 280 cm.

Sherman cindy untitled 120 1983 foto syblspictures

>Cindy Sherman, Untitled No 120 A, 1983.Photography, photo, paper, 55 x 89 cm.

Hautman2 mhka

>Sigefride Bruna Hautman, Since I know, you cannot sit on a cloud, 1987.Sculpture, wood, plaster, leather, metal, 110 x 220 x 155 cm.

Kruger barbara we are not what we seem 1988 foto sybls

>Barbara Kruger, We Are Not What We Seem, 1988.Collage, screen print, vinyl, chassis, 276 x 243 cm.

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>Jan Van Oost, Zonder titel [Untitled], 1993.Installation, plaster, velvet, wig, 80 x 80 x 80 cm.

Douglas  0003 gordon  selfportret   kissing with scopolamine  1994

>Douglas Gordon, Self-Portrait (Kissing with Scopolamine), 1994.Photography, dia projection, variable.

Minette vari   alien  1998

>Minnette Vári, Alien, 1998.Video, video, monitor.


>Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Untitled, 1999.Print, ink, paper, 50 x 35 cm.

Zhengzong onthepillow jurgenaddiers

>Yang Zhenzhong, On the Pillow, 2000.Photography, b/w photo, aluminium, 115 x 95 cm, 115 x 177 cm, 115 x 185 cm, 115 x 157 cm, 115 x 182 cm, 115 x 185 cm, 115 x 183 cm, 115 x 110.5 cm.

2018 middlegate ii geel photo m hkacc 10 1

>Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin, Tremor, Rumour, Hoover , 2001.Installation, sequins mounted on plastic plates , 270 x 445 cm .


>Sergey Bratkov, Glue sniffers, 2001.Photography, photo on aluminium, 7 x (90 x 90 cm).

Wudtke  ina  a portret of an artist as a worker  2006 photo clinckx 2

>Ina Wudtke, A Portrait of the Artist as a Worker, 2006.Video.


>Donna Kukama, NOT YET (and nobody knows why not), 2009.Video, video, 00:04:56.

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>Frank Theys, Night Fever, 2011.Video.

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>Nadia Naveau, Nicholas Heracles, 2012.Sculpture, ceramics, porcelain, canvas, mixed media.

Orlan jurgenaddiers

> ORLAN, De la mesure à la démesure, 2012.Object.

Taus landscape mhka

>Taus Makhacheva, Landscape, 2013.Installation, series of wooden objects, carved by kazbek alikhov.


>Jan De Lauré, Untitled, 2014.Painting, oil on paper, 63.3 x 82.3 cm.

Jan de laur%c3%a9    sterven is oefenen  2  2015 2

>Jan De Lauré, Sterven is oefenen #2, 2015.Painting, oil on paper, 156.1 x 106 cm.

Liliane vertessen  waanzin  2018  courtesy to the artist

>Liliane Vertessen, WAANZIN, 2018.Photography.