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: ERCOLA 1968–2018

M HKA, Antwerp

15 September 2018 - 06 January 2019

©ERCOLA, 2018

ERCOLA (Experimental Research Center of Liberal Artists) was initiated in November 1968 as a friends' initiative by artists Jean-Claude Block and Jean-Claude Buytaert, photographer Piet Verbist and author Dominique Donnet.  In Antwerp, in the early seventies, ERCOLA developed into a veritable hub in the widespread network of informal multidisciplinary artists' initiatives.

In 1971, ERCOLA became a non-profit organization whose ambitions and intentions were clearly reflected in their articles of association: "The study, the pursuit and centralization of contemporary creative art by being, in particular, a productive and informative centre through the distribution of sound, colour, light, time and space."

This ambition was translated stylistically and artistically in a wide diversity of approaches: visual art, music, theatre, costume and set design, architecture, comics, film, performance and photography. All these disciplines are also included in the present exhibition. ERCOLA brought and continues to bring artists from different generations and backgrounds into contact with each other. The intake of artists is based on interpersonal contact, warmth and social engagement, which translates into a defiant and idiosyncratic attitude towards the world.

From May 1972, ERCOLA has been renting a large building on the Wolstraat 31. A place with a special spirit in which they are housed to this day, and which provides homes and workshops to a dozen artists, including founder Jean-Claude Block and newcomer Dennis Tyfus.

The exhibition shows work by all the ERCOLA members since November 1968: Jean-Claude Block, Jean-Claude Buytaert, Dominic Donnet, Piet Verbist, Luk Carlens, George ‘Toet’ Smits, Werner ‘Griffo’ Goelen, Luc Deleu, Rémonde Panis, Frans Van Roosmaelen, Filip Francis, Hilde Frunt, Luc Monheim, Bernd Urban, Monique Nagielkopf, Suzy van Poeyer-Bailleux, Ferre Grignard, Will Dellaert, Ria Pacquée, Mike Zinzen, Patricia Beysens, Eva Pletinckx, Rudi Renson, Nicole Van Goethem, Ellen Verryt, Lucas De Pauw, Martine Van Nuffel, Wannes Van De Velde, Joop Mackenbach, Nancy Bailleux, Jessica-Lynn Lens, Els Proost, Jeron Suls, Bob Verhelst, G. Taub, Friede Kuterna aka Frieda Korda, Djuna Van Der Borgt, Corry Bellemans, Stanko Prce, Slavitsa Matjesevic, Marcel Decleer, Sanja Camilovic, Viviane Coubergs, Jean-Pierre Van Ophem, Dennis Tyfus, Suzanne Van Well, Vaast Colson, Peter Fengler, Mima Schwahn, Leo A. Lopez, Meriton Maloku, Soulmates, Real Free Press, Marcel van Maele, Ann Salens, Jean-Jacques Stiefenhofer, Wout Vercammen and Keiko Yoshida. The exhibition also includes a legendary reportage from 1975 by Paul Jambers on the ERCOLA phenomenon.

ERCOLA produces a hefty book, published by Lannoo, with reproductions of works by all members. Every edition contains six original issues from the comic magazine SPRUIT from 1971. Thirty luxury editions contain, besides the six issues from SPRUIT, also one original pen drawing. The sponsor and patron of this playful, multifarious magazine was Isi Fiszman who recently donated two sculptures by Bernd Lohaus and one by Angel Vergara to the M HKA.

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>Installation view 'ERCOLA 1968 - 2018', M HKA, 2018

>Installation view 'ERCOLA 1968 - 2018', M HKA, 2018

>Installation view 'ERCOLA 1968 - 2018', M HKA, 2018

>Click here to browse the ERCOLA book (Triënnale Brugge, 1974) !

>From May 1972, ERCOLA has been renting a large building on the Wolstraat 31. A place with a special spirit in which they are housed to this day, and which provides homes and workshops to a dozen artists, including founder Jean-Claude Block and newcomer Dennis Tyfus.

> Ferre Grignard, Vreemde Bloem, 1965-1982. Painting, oil on canvas, 82 x 67 cm.

> Jacques Stiefenhofer, Rozencrantz en Guildenstern zijn dood, 1969. Poster, ink on paper, 83 x 60 cm.

> Lucas De Pauw, Masjien voor justitiebeleid, 1971. Mixed Media, mixed media, 58 x 62 x 46 cm.

> Bernd Urban, Artworker Star, 1972. Print, screenprint; ink on paper, 61 x 43 cm.

> George Smits, Ave Dollar, 1972. Print, silkscreen; ink on paper.

> George Smits, Ercola, Vrije Inkom, 1973. Print, zeefdruk.

> Jean-Claude Block, Shark, 1975. Drawing, pencil on paper, 33 x 25 cm.

> Jean-Claude Block, Hippopotamus, 1975. Drawing, pencil on paper, 33 x 25 cm.

> Jean-Claude Block, Solid State, 1975. Drawing, pencil on paper, 33 x 25 cm.

> Filip Francis, Jeugdherinnering, 1979. Mixed Media, ink on panel, 127.5 x 127.5 cm.

> Filip Francis, Motorisch-mentale compositie, 1979. Painting, tempera, canvas, 180 x 180 cm.

> Jacques Stiefenhofer, Zelfportret als boom, 1986. Drawing, aquarel on paper.

> Eva Pletinckx, Cochlea, 1987-1988. Sculpture.

> Ria Pacquée, The girl who was never asked to marry, 1988. Installation, leather, paper, silk, 90 x 80 x 100 cm.

> Frans van Roosmaelen, La Coccinelle, 1991. Collage, paper, 30 x 40 cm.

> George Smits, Zelfportret, 1995-1996. Other, 41 x 34 cm.

> Frans van Roosmaelen, Wolstraat 1444, 2007. Painting, acrylic on canvas, 120 x 100 cm.

> Marcel De Cleer, Masker, 2007. Sculpture, plaster, 160 x 130 x 30 cm.

> Will Dellaert, Reflectie in raam, 2013. Photography, photo.

> Will Dellaert, Reflectie in water, 2013. Photography, photo.

> Jessica-Lynn Lens, Energy, 2015. Print, print on canvas, 180 x 120 cm.

> Vaast Colson, Lucky Laugh, 2016. Mixed Media, mixed media; photo on cardboard, hand towel, felt tulip, 150 x 100 cm.

> Dennis Tyfus, The Tourist Trap, 2017. Drawing, pencil on paper, 101 x 72 cm.

> Meriton Maloku, Oh no, 2017. Painting, straypaint, acryl on wood, 24 x 22 cm.

> Ercola - Experimental Research Center of Liberal Arts 1968 - 2018, 2018. Book, ink, paper, 29.2 x 23.2 cm, 317 p., language : Dutch, publisher : Ercola, Antwerpen & Lannoo Uitgeverij, Tielt, ISBN : 9789401453073.

> Meriton Maloku, Zuckerstocks, 2018. Mixed Media, mixed media, 22.5 x 22.5 x 42 cm.

> Piet Verbist, Bodypaint. Photography.

> Bob Verhelst, Spaanse Brabander. Drawing, ink on paper, 41.5 x 30 cm.

> Luc Deleu, Voorstel tot totale afschaffing van het verkeersreglement in Antwerpen. Print, ink on paper, 1180 x 1080 mm.

> Wout Vercammen, Gebod Zero. Painting, acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100 cm.