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.

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

© Nikita Kadan. Photo: Pat Verbruggen

BOZAR, 06.05-19.06.2022

'Europe is an important part of Ukrainian History, just as Ukraine is a part of European history', writes Serhii Plokhii. Let's imagine it.

This emergency exhibition in Bozar's Council Room was part of a triptych, with other chapters in the European Parliament and M HKA. They all started from the Ukrainian artists in the collection of the Flemish Community.

The perspective taken in Bozar is the tension between grand narratives and life's anecdotical moments, as thematised in the signal work of this exhibition, Nikita Kadan's 'Little House for Giants', that juxtaposes a shabby shed with an abstract, constructivist shape. Likewise, Kadan's 'Chronicles', based upon historical photos of acts of violence on the territory of present Ukraine, makes the images turn away from the histories they illustrate today, towards a fundamental awareness of violence committed on human beings.

Oksana Shachko, the Ukrainian founder of FEMEN, left a small oeuvre of anti-icons, somewhere between the spiritual and the profane, addressing the institute claiming this spirituality: the church, a key actor in the present war. Lesia Khomenko thematises the most evident key institution these days: the army. She relates the artist's look  to  military optics, the sniper's gaze to the role of digital images in the war.

Sergey Bratkov photographs show, on the one hand, self-conscious young women in the ballistic section of Ukrainian's military school; on the other, boxers after they won their fight, empty, now the heat of the moment has passed. Since 2012, Anna Zvyagintseva has been taping the sounds of very diverse demonstrations in Ukraine. She puts them in a cooking pot, and crochets a prison against corruption, fragility against harsh power.

In 2016, Alevtina Kakhidze, famous for her reporting on the Donbas war, was invited for the Moscow Bienniale. There, Kakhidze made daily newscasts on the future,  on the daily life at the biennial, and on the war, widely ignored at that time.


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>Sergey Bratkov / Сергій Братков, Fighters without Rules / Бійці без правил, 2000.Photography, photo on aluminium, 6 x (90 x 60 cm).

>Sergey Bratkov / Сергій Братков, Army girls / Армійські дівчата, 2000.Photography, 10 x (90 x 60 cm).

>Anna Zvyagintseva / Анна Звягінцева, The Cage / Клітка, 2010.Installation, textile, metal.

>Anna Zvyagintseva / Анна Звягінцева, Unities / Єдності, 2012.Installation, sound installation, mixed media, ed 1/ 3, 21 x 30 x 25 cm.

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

>Alevtina Kakhidze / Алевтина Кахідзе, All Times News / Новини всіх часів, 2015.Installation, mixed media, variable dimensions .

> Oksana Shachko / Оксана Шачко, Untitled (Crucified Virgin from Iconoclast series) / Без назви (Розіп’ята Діва з серії «Іконоборство»), 2016.Painting, tempera, egg yolk, gold leaf, wood, 33 x 24 cm.

> Oksana Shachko / Оксана Шачко, Untitled (Crucified Jesus with the Erection from Iconoclast series) / Без назви (Розіп’ятий Ісус з ерекцією з серії «Іконоборство»), 2016.Painting, tempera, egg yolk, gold leaf, wood, 33 x 23.5 cm.

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

>Nikolay Karabinovych / Ніколай Карабінович , Imagine Ukraine / Уяви Україну, 2022.Digital image.

>Lesia Khomenko / Леся Хоменко, Painting from the Photo that Was Taken on the Big Distance and then Cropped / Картина з фото, яке було знято з великої відстані, а потім обрізано, 2022.Painting, acrylic on canvas , 200 × 130 cm.

>Тімоті Снайдер / Timothy Snyder, Українська Перемога - Історія, але більше - Тиранія / Ukrainian Victory - History but more so - Tyranny.Video, 3 x .