Lives in Berlin (DE), lives in Glasgow (GB), born in Glasgow (GB).
Douglas Gordon (°1966) is a video artist and photographer, who also does performances, actions and makes installations. Gordon creates art with a strong foothold in life: he makes no distinction between ‘the outside world’ and the ‘art world’. The message is key and the medium changes according to it. The place is also adapted to fit the message; after all, the context determines if the receiver is able to understand the message. This is why he doesn’t just create pieces for museums, but also carries out his projects in cafes, on buses or via the post or internet.
Gordon is intrigued by how individuals handle familiar images in an entirely unique and personal way. He explores how memory, imagination and images from the world around us all interrelate. He adapts and manipulates fragments of memories in his art works. This allows him to show his own version of the visual material stored in his subconscious. Gordon starts from original images, but disconnects their seemingly familiarity by showing them in extreme slow motion or through unexpected reversals or duplications. Each viewer in turn responds in their own, personal way to the works. This variation is what fascinates the artist. He prefers to describes his works as ‘democratic’, rather than ‘ambiguous’. The viewer decides what he does with his experience.
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Self-Portrait (Kissing wi...
Douglas Gordon, Self-Portrait (Kissing with Scopolamine), 1994. Photography, dia projection, variable.
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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
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
Visite Herentals - Reflec...
04 March 2017 - 26 March 2017.
From 4.3.2017 on M HKA brings a number of works from the permanent collection into Le Paige castle. A local artist reflects on the work of an
EXTRA MUROS: Geel – Middl...
15 September 2018 - 04 November 2018.
Exhibition project Middle Gate II – The Story of Dymphna is a cooperation between M HKA, the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, and cultural
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The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public
WAANZIN | MADNESS
It's a crazy story, that of Dymphna, and a story full of madness. The devil lurks around every corner. But what is the core of the madness he