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.

Vlaamsch landschap [Flemish Landscape], 1972

Painting, 100 x 100 cm.

88wv hnr vlaams landschap ©image: M HKA

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. S0234).

Starting in 1969, the Antwerp artist Wout Vercammen made panels and canvases with stenciled letters on a monochrome background.  Around 1971 he developed this into 'statement art', where by means of letters, words and often-ironical phrases he expressed a societal critique.

In this piece, appearing below in the foreground are the two words ‘Vlaamsch Landschap’, written according to the old spelling in large grey letters of different sizes.  The letters are so positioned that they curl their way across the black strip.  In this way, they go to suggest the slope of a landscape.  The words on a black background stand in shrill contrast to the white, and largest, upper portion of the painting.

In his oeuvre, Vercammen very often plays with contrasts and dualities between colors, for example, but also between form and content.  He concentrates his gaze on our surrounding reality and on how we perceive and experience it.  So doing, he endeavors to arrive at an awareness of time and space.  In its apparent great simplicity, this piece evokes many questions.  What is the context?  What does he in fact mean by the words 'Vlaamsch landschap'?  Exactly what landscape is he speaking of?  The societal, the political or the geographical landscape?  Or, rather, is it all meant ironically?

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> Wout Vercammen.

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