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: Angels of History – Moscow Conceptualism and its Influence

MuHKA, Antwerpen

17 September 2005 - 27 November 2005

©image: M HKA

This exhibition starts from a synthetic view of Moscow Conceptualism, an as yet undervalued phenomenon in art history. It embodies the return of contemporary art in Russia, of which the country had once been a beacon. Moscow Conceptualism emancipated art from the social realist tradition which for so long had been the doxa in Russia, making art again autonomous from official society, being both a critique and – still more important – a possible alternative. It proposes a mode of artistic behaviour, both linked to reality and striving to transcend it through radical choices. This return to the real – a microcosm, potentially a macrocosm – can be seen as a return to common sense. Artists in this tradition have the responsibility to further and enhance understanding. This ‘angelic’ moment is till now the defining reference for contemporary art practice in Russia, its ‘second avant-garde’. It is the central strand in the history of Russian contemporary art from the sixties till the late eighties and as such continues to be a ground for artists in Russia up till today. Two years ago the Antwerp M HKA researched the contemporary situation in Russia in cooperation with Viktor Misiano through the project ‘Horizons of Reality’. Now the museum aims at the potential of vision Russia offers on contemporary art with ‘Angels of History’. This exhibition is developed with Joseph Backstein. He was not only director of the first Moscow Biennial for Contemporary Art earlier this year, but he is above all a specialist on Moscow conceptualism and a participant in the movement from its early, underground years onwards. ‘Angels of History’ wants to look back but forward at the same time, to take a wider view. It does not aim to be a historical exhibition, even if a background of historical documentation will be offered in a documentation corner organised by the Archive of Contemporary Russian Art on the upper floors of the M HKA.

Yuri Albert, Bluesoup Group, Erik Bulatov, Collective Actions, Vladimir Dubossarsky & Alexander Vinogradov, Inspection Medical Hermeneutics, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Vitaly Komar & Alexander Melamid, Irina Korina, Oleg Kulik, Andrei  Monastyrski, Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe, Mukhomor, Anatoly Osmolovsky, Pavel Pepperstein, Vadim Zakharov, Konstantin Zvezdochetov

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>Invitation inauguration

>Exhibition view

>Exhibition view with 'Starz' by Vlad Monroe

>Exhibition view with 'August 20th, 1968' by Ilya & Emilia Kabakov

>detail from 'Starz' by Vlad Monroe.

> Vladislav (Vlad) Mamyshev-Monroe , Pirate TV, 1990. Video, monitor, frame, dvd, 00:32:00 min, 77 x 95 cm.

> Anatoly Osmolovsky, Documentation of the performance Journey of Netsezudik to the Land of the Brobdingnags (Mayakovsky/Osmolovsky) , 1993. Photography.

> Oleg Kulik, Leo Tolstoy and Hens, 1997-2005. Installation, wooden showcase, wax sculpture, chickens.

> Ilya & Emilia Kabakov , August 20th, 1968, 2000. Installation, mixed media, variable dimensions.

> Irina Korina, Modules, 2005. Installation, mixed media, 950 x 550 cm, hight appr. 250 cm.

> Andrei Monastyrski , Fontain, 2005. Installation, 16 photographes mounted on 16 plastic panels (200 x 80 cm each), diameter of the installation 700 cm.

> Anatoly Osmolovsky, Order for Army of the Arts / Приказ по армии искусств, 2005. Video.

> Bart De Baere, Joseph Backstein, Angels of History - Moscow Conceptualism and its Influence, 2005. Book, ink, paper, 28 x 23.1 cm, 96p., language : English, publisher : Europalia, Brussel & Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen & Mercatorfonds, Brusel.

> Vladislav (Vlad) Mamyshev-Monroe , StarZ, 2005. Installation, photograph on canvas, paper, 10 x (320 x 237 cm), 3 x (75 x 75 cm), 20 x (76 x 60 cm), 20 x A2, 5 x A3, 244 x A4, 54 x A3, 135 x (15 x 20 cm).