Born in Merksem (BE), lives in Antwerp (BE).
Ria Pacquée (°1954) has been active as an artist since 1979. She portrays casual situations and objects from the everyday world: the street, the market, cemeteries and the desert are her work area.
Initially, her work consists of performances and body art. In the early eighties, for example, she develops the Madame character, exploring her life for several years. She is accompanied by a photographer who captures Madame's experiences. Despite the light humours approach, the photos present an endless loneliness.
Since 1992, Pacquée renounces performance and takes place behind the camera herself. From then on, different series follow. Often, these are pictures of objects found in the street, which are mutually associated through their shape or colour. This way, she shows our environment in a different manner.
Pacquée's later work is characterised by observation, with strong elements of visual anthropology and political commentary.
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Ria Pacquée 'Desert of Fr...
Ria Pacquée, Ria Pacquée 'Desert of Fragments', 2001. Book, ink, paper, 24.5 x 19 cm, language : English, Dutch, publisher : Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerpen, ISBN : 90-72828-15-1.
FROM MY ROTTING BODY, FLO...
Ria Pacquée, FROM MY ROTTING BODY, FLOWERS SHALL GROW AND I AM IN THEM AND THAT IS ETERNITY, 2014. Multiple, photo print on barite paper, wooden shelf, flower pot in terra cotta, ground, dymo lettering.
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Hommage à Bernd Lohaus
20 January 2011.
In order to commemorate Bernd Lohaus, who died November 5 2010, the M HKA brought an homage. Interventions of befriended artists and small pe
The collection III – Spri...
22 February 2003 - 18 May 2003.
In the first presentation, there was much room for the rather conceptually coloured core of the collection – the works from the Gordon Matta-
15 September 2018 - 06 January 2019.
ERCOLA (Experimental Research Center of Liberal Artists) was initiated in November 1968 as a friends' initiative by artists Jean-Claude Block
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Since the end of May 2002, the M HKA has strayed from the beaten track of museum catalogues. The M HKA does not consider a systematic thereof
The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public
Permanent Collection 2017...
REMARKABLE PRESENCES A collection grows organically. Aside from its main lines and core references, it is also made up of moments an