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.

Нікіта Кадан / Nikita Kadan


° 1982

Lives in Kyiv (UA), born in Kyiv (UA).

Nikita Kadan (°1982) is a Ukrainian visual artist who is confronted with how he as an artist must form his own socio-political point of view in his native Kyiv. He is forced into this position due to the frenzied and tumultuous political realities of his world. He synthesises a special pictorial capacity with reflections on the unsettling, and above all, violent history of his people, his country and, by extension, the whole of the former Soviet Union.

Kadan, who studies monumental painting at the National Academy of Fine Art in Kyiv, eagerly employs methods that are interdisciplinary and which transcend borders. He draws, paints and creates installations − often collaborating with architects, human rights activists and sociologists, initially collaborating with the artist group R.E.P. - always directing his gaze towards the dark and sinister aspects of the past and how these aspects are handled here and now. Despite there often being no trace of blood-letting, he is still able to depict a host of different forms of oppression, torture and other excesses of misplaced patriotism with razor-sharp focus. Time and again, he questions the extent to which it is possible to make events, in all their complexity, visible.

Kadan doesn't simply rely on historical images, medical manuals and photographs to render the horrors of the past visible − elements which he often integrates in his installations, sometimes painted over or repainted −, but he also draws from images of the daily reality of these places. In this way the question he poses acquires a broader significance for society. Despite the socio-political motives underlying his work, Kadan is, at his essence, a true aesthetic in the classic sense of the word. His drawings also bear witness to a fascination with the human form itself, even when that form is presented in contexts of mutilation, torture, pain and sadism.

Kadan's objective is to show how the atrocities of the past are still visibly present− and tangibly − in the here and now. He not only puts the extent to which he himself struggles with culture, heritage and patriotism on display, but chiefly reveals how the harmful consequences stemming from the abuse of these concepts continues to determine the course of life, and by extension history itself.



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>Нікіта Кадан / Nikita Kadan, Будиночок велетнів / Small House of Giants, 2012.Installation, found object, wood, metal, gypsum, paint, 250 x 250 x 435 cm.

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>Нікіта Кадан / Nikita Kadan, Одержимий може свідчити в суді / The Possessed Can Witness in the Court, 2015.Installation, metal construction with various objects like lightbox, photograph, plants, coal, a take away leaflet etc., 250 x 240 x 70 cm.

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>Нікіта Кадан / Nikita Kadan, Глядачі / The Spectators, 2016.Drawing, charcoal on paper, 5 x (75 x 55 cm).

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>Нікіта Кадан / Nikita Kadan, Хроніка / The Chronicle, 2016.Drawing, ink on paper, 18 x (15 x 20 cm)/(20 x 15 cm) .

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>Нікіта Кадан / Nikita Kadan, Прекрасний колонізатор / The Beautiful Coloniser, 2020.Painting, oil on canvas, 120 x 100 cm.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

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> Exhibition: EXTRA MUROS: Geel – Middle Gate II – The Story of Dymphna. 15 September 2018 - 04 November 2018.

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> Exhibition: Imagine Ukraine. 06 May 2022 - 21 August 2022.

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> Exhibition: Imagine Ukraine – Small and Big Stories. 06 May 2022 - 19 June 2022.

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> Exhibition: Imagine Ukraine – The Artist as a Witness. 05 May 2022 - 21 August 2022.

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> Exhibition: Nikita Kadan – The Possessed Can Witness in the Court. 20 January 2018 - 29 April 2018.


> Exhibition: Recent acquisitions. 14 August 2015 - 31 January 2016.


> Ensemble: Aanwinsten 2015 [Acquisitions 2015].


> Ensemble: Aanwinsten 2017 [Acquisitions 2017].

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> Ensemble: GEWELD | VIOLENCE.

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> Ensemble: IMAGINE UKRAINE - Exhibitions.

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> Ensemble: Middle Gate.


> Ensemble: NUCLEUS.

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> Ensemble: Уяви Україну – Маленькі та великі історії / Imagine Ukraine – Small and Big Stories.

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> Ensemble: Уяви Україну – Мистецтво як критичне ставлення / Imagine Ukraine – Art as a Critical Attitude.

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> Ensemble: Уяви Україну – Митець як свідок / Imagine Ukraine – The Artist as a Witness.