Painting, 70 x 90 cm.
Materials: oil, canvas
Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp / Collection Flemish Community (Inv. no. BK6152_M134).
Sacrifice shows a naked woman seen from the back. Before her stands a row of men, of whom we see only their legs and shoes. This small work gives the impression of being strikingly large. The figures are roughly painted with heavy, dark contours. Many large parts consist of but a single, large brushed sweep. The contrast between light and dark is sharp, the use of color is frugal, which lends graphic weight to the simple depiction. As with nearly all of Dumas’s works, here we are probably also presented with a painterly conversion or ‘forgery’ of someone else’s images. (Dumas uses photographs and films as source material.) These images are ‘stolen’ by the artist, distorted and recruited for her own purposes. It's impossible to estimate the tenor of her intentions, for a painter can only be read in the painting’s form. Both the title of the work, the way in which it is painted, and the use of color give the impression of an emotional event. However, we don't know exactly what is happening. In this work, too, Dumas leaves ample room for interpretation.
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Urgent Conversations Athe...
31 October 2016 - 05 February 2017.
Urgent Conversations: Athens – Antwerp is the first temporary exhibition in the long overdue public unfolding of the Greek National Museum of
28 April 2017 - 05 April 2020.
For the first time, the M HKA will be able to present a permanent collection exhibition with iconic masterpieces from Flemish and internation
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The M HKA collection is built around three approaches to art: image, action and society. While generally works cannot be classified exclusive
The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public
SECULAR DEVOTION This notion came to our mind when pairing Koen van den Broek, Apostolos Georgiou and Marlene Dumas. Is devotion an i