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.

Exhibition: Allan Sekula. Collective Sisyphus

Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona

14 June 2017 - 25 September 2017

©image: Núria Solé Bardalet, Fundació Antoni Tàpies - Available under the CC BY-NC-SA license.

Allan Sekula. Collective Sisyphus

The artist’s first individual exhibition in Spain. The Fundació will show the work in which Sekula observes and analyses the impact of maritime economy on the incipient globalisation of the 1990s, as well as the new moral premises imposed by neoliberalism.


Opening & conference: Tuesday June 13, 2017, at 7 p.m. Free entrance. 

Conference: Back to the Drawing Board. Maritime themes and discursive crosscurrents in the notebooks of Allan Sekula, by Sally Stein.

Co-curators: Hilde van Gelder, Anja Isabel Schneider and Carles Guerra. 



Allan Sekula (Erie, 1951 – Los Angeles, 2013) is one of the most important figures in modern photography of the second half of the twentieth century. His work focuses on a critique of the links that photography has always maintained with the economy, work and the politics of representation. From his beginnings in the seventies, Sekula became a reference by incorporating textuality into photography in a way that had been previously denied by modern art. His book Photography Against the Grain: Essays and Photo Works, 1973–1983 (1984), a key work of the new photographic discourse of the late twentieth century, enshrined him as one of the least orthodox historians of the medium. 

Allan Sekula. Collective Sisyphus will be this artist’s first individual exhibition in Spain. The Fundació Antoni Tàpies will show two main areas of his work in which Sekula observes and analyses the impact of maritime economy on the incipient globalisation of the 1990s, as well as the new moral premises imposed by neoliberalism at the beginning of the twenty-first century. And all within a geographical span of extraordinary dimensions. Fish Story (1989–95), a classic among works initiating a critique of global capitalism, and Ship of Fools / The Dockers' Museum (2010–13), the work to which he devoted himself in the last years of his life, put forward a new way of understanding photographic practice. Activism, literature, the economies of access to images and the precarious status of artists led to a new photographic genre that could be described as visual essays, halfway between photography, a museum of trivia and social literature. 

The exhibition pays tribute to an artist closely linked to post-Olympic Barcelona, a city that fascinated him as a case study for examining the new forms of injustice imposed by neoliberalism. Influenced by Barcelona’s maritime location, Sekula incorporated it in a tale of globalisation together with other cities such as Los Angeles, Athens, Bilbao, Rotterdam, Tokyo and others with a relation to the sea. 

This is an exhibition jointly produced between Fundació Antoni Tàpies, M HKA Antwerp and KuLeuven, the University of Leuven, with the generous support of the Allan Sekula Studio, TBA21 Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection and sensitive lenders to Allan Sekula’s legacy, like Musée des Beaux-Arts de Calais, Frac Bretagne Rennes and Galerie Michel Rein Paris . 

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> Albrecht Dürer Sketching the Panorama of Antwerp in 1520 (The Dockers' Museum, object nr. 1), 1874. Print, ink, paper, 40.1 x 52.1 cm.

> Untitled (Changing Port Cultures, nr. 2), 1910. Photography, ink, paper, 14.1 x 9.1 cm.

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> Untitled, 1930. Object, wood, 15 x 11.7 x 4.5 cm.

> 1971 Print from an Approved Edition of Walker Evans' Photos of a Havana Dock-Worker (The Dockers' Museum, object nr. 60), 1932-1971. Print, ink, paper, 19,4 x 15,24 cm.

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> Untitled (Maritime Strikes & Demonstrations, nr. 5), 1937. Photography, ink, paper, 16.5 x 21.5 cm.

> Untitled (Panama, nr. 12), 1938. Print, inkt, paper, 9 x 14 cm.

> Untitled (Changing Port Technology & Labor, nr. 8), 1944. Photography, ink, paper, 20.6 x 25.2 cm.

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> Untitled (Seafarers Archive, nr. 52), 1946. Photography, ink, paper, 20.7 x 25.2 cm.

> Untitled (Strikes & Demonstrations, nr. 1), 1949. Photography, ink, paper, 15.5 x 22.9 cm.

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> Untitled (Figures of Dissent & Revolt Authority, nr. 13), 1952. Photography, ink, paper, 25.7 x 20.4 cm.

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> Untitled (Changing Port Technologies & Labor, nr. 19), 1955. Photography, ink, paper, 20.5 x 25.3 cm.

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> Untitled, 1958. Object, ceramics, 16.8 x 20.3 x 12 cm.

> Untitled (Maritime Strikes & Demonstrations, nr. 12), 1958. Photography, ink, paper, 25.4 x 20.7 cm.

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> Untitled (Changing Port Technology & Labor, nr. 20), 1959. Photography, ink, paper, 20.6 x 25.3 cm.

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> Cartoon Portrait of John Heartfield by an Irish Artist [Elizabeth Shaw] who Emigrated to the DDR (The Dockers' Museum, object nr. 59), 1959. Print, ink, paper, 43,5 x 31 cm.

> Untitled (Figures of Dissent & Revolt Authority, nr. 12), 1962. Photography, ink, paper, 20.7 x 25.3 cm.

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> Untitled (Figures of Dissent & Revolt Authority, nr. 11), 1962. Photography, ink, paper, 25.8 x 20.2 cm.

> Untitled (Changing Port Technologies & Labor, nr. 6), 1965. Photography, ink, paper, 20.6 x 25.5 cm.

> Untitled (Miscellaneous Archive, nr. 22), 1966. Photography, ink, paper, 27 x 20 cm.

> Untitled (The Catch of the Sea Archive, nr. 2), 1967. Photography, ink, paper, 15.2 x 20.9 cm.

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> Untitled (Glam Girls, nr. 55), 1969. Photography, ink, paper, 24 x 18.2 cm.

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> Untitled, 1970. Object, enamel, 3,2 x 2,8 cm.

> Untitled (Changing Port Technologies & Labor, nr. 1), 1971. Photography, ink, paper, 12.6 x 18 cm.

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> Untitled (Glam Girls, nr. 5), 1971. Photography, ink, paper, 23.9 x 18.1 cm.

> Untitled (Figures of Dissent & Revolt Authority, nr. 4), 1972. Photography, ink, paper, 25.3 x 20.4 cm.

> Untitled (Ships Archive, nr. 8), 1977. Photography, ink, paper, 27.6 x 22.2 cm.

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> Untitled , 1978. Object, light printed and embossed metal, 2.8 x 2.3 cm.

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> Untitled (Poland Archive, nr. 60), 1980. Photography, ink, paper, 25.2 x 20.4 cm.

> Untitled (Poland Archive, nr. 45), 1980. Photography, ink, paper, 24 x 17.6 cm.

> Untitled (Poland Archive, nr. 44), 1980. Photography, ink, paper, 20.2 x 25.3 cm.

> Untitled (Poland Archive, nr. 36), 1980. Photography, ink, paper, 25.3 x 20.2 cm.

> Untitled (Poland Archive, nr. 50), 1981. Photography, ink, paper, 17.7 x 23.9 cm.

> Untitled (Poland Archive, nr. 46), 1981. Photography, ink, paper, 23.9 x 18 cm.

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> Allan Sekula, Fish Story. Loaves and Fishes, 1989-1995. Photography, cibachrome, Dimensions variable.

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> Allan Sekula, Fish Story, 1989-1995. Photography, cibachrome, Dimensions variable.

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> Allan Sekula, Fish Story. Message in a Bottle, 1994. Photography, cibachrome, Dimensions variable.

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> Allan Sekula, Deep Six / Passer au bleu, 1996-1998. Photography, cibachrome, Dimensions variable.

> Unknown, Untitled (The Dockers' Museum, object nr. 5), 1998. Object, chalkware (painted plastic), each 21,7 x 14,4 x 7,6 cm.

> Allan Sekula, Drunken Pilot (Koper) , 1999-2010. Photography, chromogenic print mounted on alu-dibond, 101.6 x 149.9 cm.

> Allan Sekula, Ship Lesson (Durban), 1999-2010. Photography, chromogenic print mounted on alu-dibond, 101.6 x 149.9 cm.

> Allan Sekula, Crew, Pilot, and Russian Girlfriend (Novorossiysk) 1-10, 1999-2010. Photography, chromogenic prints mounted on alu-dibond and framed, 10 x (102.8 x 151.3 cm).

> Allan Sekula, Near Collision 1-2 (Koper) , 2000-2010. Photography, chromogenic prints mounted on alu-dibond and framed, 2 x (50.8 x 74.9 cm).

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> Allan Sekula, Lottery of the Sea, 2006. Video, 03:00:00.

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> Allan Sekula, Waiting for Work (Santos), 2010. Photography, chromogenic print mounted on alu-dibond, 76,2 x 76,2 cm.

> Allan Sekula, Not Working (Santos), 2010. Photography, chromogenic print mounted on alu-dibond.

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> Allan Sekula, Working (Santos), 2010. Photography, chromogenic print mounted on alu-dibond, 76,2 x 76,2 cm.

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> Untitled. Object, ink, paper, 8 x (7,5 x 10,5 cm), 64 p. each.

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> Untitled. Other, print.

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> Untitled. Object, polyresin, 14.5 x 8.5 x 7 cm.

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> Untitled. Object, wood, metal, 23.6 x 9.4 x 6.5 cm.

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> Untitled. Object, wood, metal hinge, 8 x (4,4 x 7,6 x 15,2 cm).

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> Untitled. Object, lead, 10.9 x 3 x 1.6 cm, 10.9 x 3 x 1x7 cm.

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> Untitled. Object, wood, clay, 16 x 16.3 x 12.2 cm.

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> Untitled. Object, 24.6 x 22.7 x 9.9 cm.

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> Four Off-White High Protein Sails for the Horizon Line (Codfish) (The Dockers' Museum, nr. 49). Object.

> Ship of Fools. Installation.

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> Untitled . Object, wood, paint, 10 pieces: Largest: 6.9 x 4.2 x 4.2 cm.

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> Untitled (Verticality of the Human Spine). Object, wood (handmade), 62 x 17.6 x 12.3 cm.

> Untitled . Photography, ink, paper, 15.8 x 19.6 cm.

> Untitled . Photography, ink, paper, 20.4 x 25.3 cm.

> Untitled. Photography, ink, paper, 20.4 x 25.1 cm.

> Untitled (Miscellaneous Archive, nr. 67). Photography, ink, paper, 18.7 x 26 cm .

> Untitled (Miscellaneous Archive, nr. 66). Photography, ink, paper, 23.5 x 17 cm.

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> Untitled (Ships Archive, nr. 27). Photography, ink, paper, 17.8 x 23.1 cm.

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> Untitled (Play & Work of global Cruise Culture, nr. 3). Photography, ink, paper, 20.4 x 25.3 cm.

> Untitled (The Catch of the Sea Archive, nr. 11). Photography, ink, paper, 13 x 17.2 cm.

> Untitled (Figures of Dissent & Revolt Authority, nr. 10). Photography, ink, paper, 21.9 x 14.6 cm.

> Untitled (Figures of Dissent & Revolt Authority, nr. 8). Print, ink, paper, 10.5 x 14.9 cm.

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> Untitled (Figures of Dissent & Revolt Authority, nr. 7). Photography, ink, paper, 14 x 8.9 cm.

> Untitled (Porters Archive, nr. 19). Photography, ink, paper, 25.4 x 20.5 cm.

> Untitled (Seafarers Archive, nr. 51). Photography, ink, paper, 8.8 x 17.7 cm.

> Untitled (Seafarers Archive, nr. 42). Photography, ink, paper, 8.7 x 13.9 cm.

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> Untitled (Ronald Reagan, nr. 1). Photography, inkt, paper, 11.9 x 9.5 cm.

> Untitled (Panama, nr. 10). Print, inkt, paper, 9 x 14 cm.

> Untitled (Panama, nr. 8). Print, inkt, paper, 9 x 14 cm.

> Untitled (Panama, nr. 5). Print, inkt, paper, 9 x 14 cm.

> Untitled (Panama, nr. 3). Print, inkt, paper, 8.9 x 13.7 cm.

> Untitled (Panama, nr. 2). Print, inkt, paper, 8.9 x 13.7 cm.

> Untitled (The Port of Santos, nr. 1). Photography, ink, paper, 8.9 x 13.7 cm.

> Untitled (Glam Girls, nr. 60). Photography, ink, paper, 18 x 24.3 cm.

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> Untitled (Glam Girls, nr. 58). Photography, ink, paper, 20.2 x 25.7 cm.

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> Untitled (Glam Girls, nr. 54). Photography, ink, paper, 18.2 cm x 24 cm.

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> Untitled (Glam Girls, nr. 22). Photography, ink, paper, 25.3 x 20.4 cm.

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> Antique Perry Safe Document Holder. Object, wood, stone, 33 x 18 x 18 cm.

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> Untitled. Object, soapstone, 4.6 x 9.9 x 5.6 .

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> Several Lemax Village Dockworker Figurines Carrying Bags with Coal (The Dockers' Museum, object nr. 84). Object, resin, 27 x (7,5 x 3,5 x 6 cm).

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> Untitled. Object, plastic , 12,5 x 48 x 10 cm.

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> Untitled. Object, porcelain, 9.3 x 5.5 x 7 cm.

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> Untitled. Object, burlap, 28.2 x 35 x 35 cm.

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> Untitled. Object, plasic, 12.5 x 4 x 28.5 cm.

> Untitled. Object, mixed media, dimensions variable (box: 19 x 3 x 8.4 cm).

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> Lovers. Object, wood, 56.3 x 18.5 x 14.5 cm.

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> Untitled. Object, porcelain, pottery, 9,2 x 11,6 x 7,3 cm.

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> Untitled. Object, resin, Dimensions variable.

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> Untitled. Object, aluminum, 3,7 x 14,2 x 5,7 cm.

> Untitled. Object, zinc, 3,4 x 11,7 x 4,5 cm (x5).

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> Untitled. Object, resin, 17.8 x 7.5 x 4.7 cm.

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> Mutiny (The Dockers' Museum, object nr. 46). Print, sticker.

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> "Nanook" Inuit Walrus Tusk Carving of a Seal Hunter in a Kayak (The Dockers' Museum, object nr. 56). Object, wood, rope and walrus tusk, 4,2 x 15, 2 x 1,8 cm.

> Nautical Fog Horn (Manufactured Japan, Salvaged Alang, India) (The Dockers' Museum, object nr. 39A). Object, 69 x 28 x 23 cm.

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> Untitled. Object, rope, 285 x 1.5 cm.

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> Constantin Meunier, From the Sculpture by Constantin Meunier, An Antwerp dock-hand (The Dockers' Museum, object nr. 11). Print, ink, paper, 24,8 x 17,5 cm.

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> WARNING. I'm the longshoreman your mother warned you about (The Dockers' Museum, object nr. 8). Print, ink, paper, 20,3 x 30,6 cm.