On the Nature of the Beast
Object, 290 x 560 cm.
Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp / Collection Flemish Community (Inv. no. BK7732_M481).
This tapestry is a woven interpretation of a photographic image constructed from press photographs taken at the artist’s exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in London. For the Whitechapel, Macuga borrowed the tapestry version of Picasso’s Guernica from the UN building in New York and installed it in the gallery where it became the backdrop for meetings by various groups, public speeches and community events. The tapestry shown in this exhibition depicts an address given in front of the Guernica tapestry by Prince William, and is a critique by the artist of her own work and how its political meaning came to be circumvented. It also reflects a history of royal tapestry workshops, and the how the depiction of royal appearances where often communicated through this medium.
Events View all
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
The collection XXXIII – T...
07 June 2013 - 22 September 2013.
The character of a collection reflected the current priorities of the M HKA collection: the evaluation of Antwerp’s avant-garde tradition; th
Textiles – Art and the So...
10 September 2009 - 03 January 2010.
*Textiles Art and the Social Fabric* is an exhibition of artist who use textiles materials or related concepts, tapping this medium’s potenti
Ensembles View all
Collectie Vlaamse Gemeens...
The M HKA holds works on permanent loan that were acquired with the budget of the Vlaamse Commissie voor Beeldende Kunst (Flemish Visual Art
The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public
Recalibrating the Public'...
RECALIBRATING THE PUBLIC'S IMAGE This notion came to our mind when bringing together the work of the sculptor Theodoros, Wout Vercammen a