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.

Helena Sculpture, 2006

Installation, 3 x (100 x 185 x 212 cm).

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Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. BK7655).

The origin of the monumental work Helena Sculpture goes back to 2004. That year, Vaast Colson made a series of 12 portraits of the then 15 year-old daughter of German artist Martin Kippenberger, with the title Helena: The Paintings Martin Couldn’t Paint Anymore. Kippenberger, one of Colson’s most important artistic examples, had already died seven years previously. The series was a reference to Kippenberger’s own series Jaqueline: The Paintings Pablo Couldn’t Paint Anymore, which Kippenberger executed in 1996 as an homage to Pablo Picasso, whose wife was called Jaqueline. Colson’s series was an homage as well, but not only that: it was also an attempt to gain more insight into Kippenberger’s working method, technique and use of materials, in order to come closer to the legacy of an artist he so much admired. Since 2006 the series of portraits of Helena are preserved in Helena Sculpture. This work, which at first sight might look like a piece of minimalist furniture, indeed serves as a sort of safe for an artistic treasure, or as a reliquary shrine for an artistic pilgrimage. The case may be opened only once a year, on Helena’s birthday (August 24th), and imparts to this special series a near-mythological allure.

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>Helena Sculpture

>The making of 'Helena's Sculpture' PART I. Click here to watch a clip.



> Vaast Colson.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

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> Exhibition: The collection XXXIII – The Collection as a Character. M HKA, Antwerpen, 07 June 2013 - 22 September 2013.

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> Ensemble: Collectie Vlaamse Gemeenschap.


> Ensemble: Belgische kunst [Belgian Art].


> Ensemble: NUCLEUS.

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> Ensemble: To Retitle an Object Daily During the Course of a Show.

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