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.

Skyspace, 1994

Installation, 6.5 x 6.5 x 5.5 m.

©image: M HKA

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. BK6992_M182).

James Turrell’s installations are usually site specific and demand a certain degree of time from the viewer in order to fully experience the ‘illusionistic’ effects of space and light. The relationship between these two elements are essential to the artist’s work. Turrell makes light visible by lending it a spatial, near tangible quality. James Turrell started creating his Skyspaces in the mid-1970s. He has since constructed these at various points around the globe, including France, Italy, Ireland, Israel, the U.S.A. and the Netherlands.

The M HKA rooftop terrace has its own Skyspace: a cube-shaped space with a single door opening and a square hole in the ceiling. Bench seats are provided along the walls. During the day one can peer through the small cutout and admire the sky, seemingly in constant motion. At dusk, the blue light grows progressively deeper, clouds and passing airplanes become invisible and the first stars emerge. Until the opening seems filled with a velvety jet-black cloth, like a dark square that appears to be painted on the ceiling. Depth perception fades away, the black seems impenetrable while the sky outside the cube – visible through the door opening – follows its normal course from day to night. This experience not only brings about a new consciousness of light and space but also evokes a new awareness of time to the viewer.

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>Turrell's 'Skyspace' at M HKA

>View of the sky from 'Skyspace'

>Interior view of Turrell's 'Skyspace' at M HKA


> James Turrell.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: The collection I – Fall 2002. M HKA, Antwerpen, 31 August 2002 - 10 November 2002.

> Exhibition: The collection II – Winter 2002. M HKA, Antwerpen, 23 November 2002 - 09 February 2003.

> Ensemble: Collectie Vlaamse Gemeenschap.

> Ensemble: NUCLEUS.

> Ensemble: M HKA On Site.

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> Ensemble: When The Sky is Low and Heavy.

> Ensemble: avant-garde.