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.

Mai-Thu Perret

The Crystal Frontier , 1999-2008

Book, 24 x 24 cm, 256 p, language: English, publisher: JRP Ringier – (fragments published in Land of Crystal monographic publication on Mai-Thu Perret), ISBN: 978-3-905701-55-5.

Land of crystal

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2010/340).

Literary synopsis

Since 1999 Mai-Thu Perret has been writing a story entitled The Crystal Frontier. This ongoing story follows a group of women disillusioned with capitalist society and patriarchal convention, who set up an autonomous community in the desert of New Mexico. This community called “New Ponderosa” is dedicated to the invention of a new, non-alienated relation to labor and nature. The novel is comprised of a series of discrete fictional texts that take various forms (including diary entries, letters, daily schedules, and song lyrics) written by commune members.

Relation of the novel to the artist’s practice

In addition to the narrative of The Crystal Frontier, Mai-Thu Perret creates objects, which she describes as the “hypothetical production” of the commune. Mai-Thu Perret examines the role and the function of her fiction in relation to the objects she makes and the exhibition environment in which they are displayed. These exhibitions consist mainly of works such as a monumental minimalist sculpture, a life-size papier-mâché group of women with children, her own texts, ceramic wall reliefs, flags and neon lights.

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Land of crystal



>SFMOMA, November 21, 2008 – March 1, 2009. © Ian Reeves


>MDF Ultra Light, synthetic foam, plastic mirror courtesy of Timothy Taylor Gallery, London photo: James Lander © 2008 Mai-Thu Perret








>Videostill, 3-channel video installation, 16 mm, black and white, silent



Mai-Thu Perret .

Exhibitions & Ensembles

Cs collapsing in parts b

> Exhibition: The Preparation of the Novel (Book Lovers 5.0). Fabra i Coats - Centre d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, 18 July 2014 - 05 September 2014.

Goldin senneby

> Exhibition: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE ARTWORK BECOMES A NOVEL?. M HKA, Antwerp, 07 December 2012 - 21 April 2013.

Labf 05

> Ensemble: The Book Lovers.