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: Salon de Peinture

M HKA, Antwerpen

17 January 2019 - 31 March 2019

Zaalzicht image: © M HKA

For those who were still in doubt: painting is thriving. In two M HKA spaces, the exhibition Salon de Peinture offers a picture of the current state of affairs, with more than fifty paintings by Belgian artists and foreign artists living and working in Belgium.

Lode Geens and Liliane Dewachter, who compiled the exhibition, do not strive for completeness.  Rather, they want to show the widest possible range and give a picture of the very diverse contemporary painterly practices existing today.

Salon de Peinture shows work by some already classic masters, such as Raoul De Keyser, Roger Raveel, Marthe Wéry and Jef Verheyen; painters who are celebrated internationally, such as Luc Tuymans, Michaël Borremans, Angel Vergara and Koen van den Broek; or fascinating einzelgänger, mavericks who have developed a remarkable, idiosyncratic oeuvre: Fred Bervoets, Wout Vercammen, Walter Swennen and Philippe Vandenberg for example.

There's also a lot of young(er) talent on show, of which some already have a national or even international reputation, like Kati Heck, Kasper Bosmans and Ben Sledsens. Others are the proverbial 'young and up-and-coming', e.g. Sanam Khatibi, Anna Zacharoff, Tessa Perutz, or Gijs Milius. The latter are from Iran, Sweden, the United States and the Netherlands respectively, but they are working in Brussels. It is striking, incidentally, that the new names from Brussels only get noticed in Antwerp little by little, but the same goes for Antwerp artists in Brussels. In that respect, Salon de Peinture offers an interesting introduction.

There is also room for (re)discoveries: the partly abstract, partly figurative works by Ilse D'Hollander (1968-1997), which have received international praise in recent years, and the geometric abstract work of architect Alfons Hoppenbrouwers (1930-2001), to whose oeuvre the M HKA devotes a separate exhibition (19.01-05.05.2019).

It says a lot about the current boom in Belgian painting that it would take little effort to put together a second Salon de Peinture with fifty other painters.

In the 1970s and 1980s, painting was declared dead several times. At the time, the climate was not particularly favourable, in the sense that painters had little or no exhibitions in galleries and museums. Minimalism, arte povera, conceptual art, early video art, happenings and performances were in full swing: in a manner of speaking, Broodthaers, Beuys and Byars were setting the tone. Painters were chased away and regarded as perverts who were fudging with their paint in a messy studio, using a totally outdated bourgeois medium. After all, hadn’t everything already been ‘said’ in painting?

Moreover, the possibilities to exhibit were much more limited than they are today: S.M.A.K. and M HKA did not exist yet – although there were forerunners like ICC in Antwerp and the Society for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Ghent – and the gallery circuit was much smaller than today.

For the sake of clarity: painters kept on painting, even though they were only just keeping their heads above water. In the meantime, it sounds almost like a quip: from 1988 onwards, Luc Tuymans not only put painting on the map again, but also gave figurative painting a new élan. He practiced a new kind of ''history painting'', worked with the role of history and memory, and asked questions about the veracity of the (painted) image.

After the so-called 'Antwerp school' – Luc Tuymans and contemporaries like Bert De Beul and Guy Van Bossche – had produced a number of followers, afterwards, painting seems to have completely sprouted again, in such a way that much, yes almost everything is possible.

Currently, not a hundred but a thousand flowers flourish in painting. In these two rooms, you will see neo surrealism, fluo figuration and neo naïve art, everything from abstraction to figuration, from monochrome to geometric abstract, from pure aesthetics to 'bath painting', from social commentary to 'Art for art's sake'. Attention is paid to the landscape and man, to war and idyll.

As a source of inspiration, old masters such as Cranach, Botticelli and Van der Weyden are used, but comics and logos as well. You'll see how masters such as Walter Swennen, Fred Bervoets and Raoul De Keyser leave their mark in the work of younger painters.

The compact hanging, in several rows above each other, refers to the classic 18th and 19th century 'salons': annual official exhibitions that wanted to uphold the appearance of an abundant production from young artists. Hence the title of this exhibition. But make no mistake: the hanging was not done haphazardly! There are speaking confrontations or image rhymes, works that are connected by colour or style, motif or theme. And here and there, there's a hop, skip, and jump from monochromy to geometry.

- Eric Rinckhout


With works by: Jürgen Addiers, Nel Aerts, Magnus Andersen, Nick Andrews, Atelier Pica Pica, Anastasia Bay, Jean-Baptiste Bernadet, Fred Bervoets, Bram Bogart, Michaël Borremans, Kasper Bosmans, Jean-Marie Bytebier, Antoine Carbonne, Michiel Ceulers, Riyad Cherif Chaker, Marlies De Clerck, Raoul De Keyser, Damien De Lepeleire, Gaston De Mey, Gery De Smet, Michael Debatty, Robert Devriendt, Catharina Dhaen, Ilse D’Hollander, Alfred d’Ursel, Sacha Eckes, Justin Fitzpatrick, Jef Geys, Kees Goudzwaard, Kati Heck, Alfons Hoppenbrouwers, Sanam Khatibi, Vedran Kopljar, Serge Largot, Bert Lezy, Jacques Lizène, Werner Mannaers, Geert Marijnissen, Menno Meewis, Gijs Milius, Yola Minatchy, Maryam Najd, Otobong Nkanga, Xavier Noiret-Thomé, Cel Overberghe, Tessa Perutz, Roger Raveel, Jean Schwind, Timothy Segers, Ben Sledsens, Walter Swennen, Boy & Erik Stappaerts, Mitja Tušek, Luc Tuymans, Guy Van Bossche, Philippe Vandenberg, Koen van den Broek, Dirk Vander Eecken, Carole Vanderlinden, Jan Vanriet, Philippe Van Snick, Wout Vercammen, Angel Vergara, Jef Verheyen, Pieter Vermeersch, Ane Vester, Leen Voet, Marthe Wéry, Anna Zacharoff, Flexboj & L.A / Fred Bervoets, Hugo Claus & Jan Decleir / Vaast Colson & Dennis Tyfus

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Rogerraveel  photo m hkacc

> Roger Raveel, Man in een witte ruimte, 1954. Painting.

Largot serge 1965 photom hka cc

> Serge Largot, Decoagilation d'un peassage, 1965-1966. Artist Novel.

Celoverberghe photo m hka

> Cel Overberghe, Zonder titel, 1971. Painting.

Gastondemey structurerithe hkacc

> Gaston De Mey, Structuur Rithe, 1976. Painting, acrylic paint, canvas, 133 x 177 cm.

Jacqueslizene 2019 arts birthday photo m hkacc

> Jacques Lizène, Etre son propre tube de couleur. Peinture à la manière fécale. Peinture analitique (sans y). Remake 1995. En remake 2010. [To be Your Own Paint Tube. Painting in the Fecal Style. Analitic Painting (without y). Remake 1995, as a Remake 2010], 1977-2010. Mixed Media, mixed media, canvas, 100 x 80 cm.

Snick  philippe van  10 dagen 10nachten  1985 photo  heirman graphics

> Philippe Van Snick, 10 dagen - 10 nachten, 1985. Poster, vinyl, canvas, cardboard, 20 x (24 x 18 cm).


> Luc Tuymans, La Correspondance [The Correspondence], 1985. Painting, oil, canvas, 140 x 100 cm.

Walterswennen zondertitel 2019 arts birthday photo m hkacc

> Walter Swennen, Zonder titel (Manivelle), 1986. Painting, 94.5 x 63.5 x 5 cm.


> Raoul De Keyser, Zonder titel [Untitled], 1988. Painting, oil on canvas, 6 x (21 x 32.5 cm).

Jefgeys balkon 2019 arts birthday photo m hkacc

> Jef Geys, Balkonmischung, 1997. Painting.

Timothysegeres benkrsnha photo m hkacc

> Timothy Segers, Ben krsnha, vriendje, 2003. Painting.

Koenvandenbroek greencrack 2019 arts birthday photo m hkacc

> Koen van den Broek, Green Crack, 2005. Painting.

Fredbervoets hellofriends 2019 art's birthday photo m hkacc

> Fred Bervoets, Hello Frie(n)ds, Come In, 2005. Painting.

Philippevandenberg zt 2019 arts birthday photo m hkacc

> Philippe Vandenberg, Z.T. (Le carousel), 2006-2007. Painting.

Wernermannaers kopfschmerz 2019 arts birthday photo m hkacc

> Werner Mannaers, Kopfschmerz, 2008. Painting.

Keesgoudzwaard shielded 2019 arts birthday photo m hka

> Kees Goudzwaard, Shielded, 2008. Painting.

Nickandrews myleftfoot  photo m hkacc

> Nick Andrews, My left foot, my artists' feet, bare feet, 2011. Painting.

Otobong  photo m hkacc

> Otobong Nkanga, Contained Extensions, 2011-2012. Painting.

Jeanmariebytebier oftruthofspace 2019 art's birthday photo m hkacc

> Jean-Marie Bytebier, Of truth of space / Cloud / Water III, 2011. Painting.

Yolaminatchy natureenprogresse photo m hkacc

> Yola Minatchy, Nature en progresse, 2012. Painting.

Vedrankopljar niveaubii 2019 arts birthday   photo m hkacc

> Vedran Kopljar, Niveau B II, 2014. Painting.

Vaast colson   dennis tyfus 20 print

> Vaast Colson, Dennis Tyfus, Het middelpunt van de belangstelling, 2014. Painting, oil on panel, 164.5 x 122 cm.

Boyerikstappaerts noisepainting photo m hkacc2 6

> Boy & Erik Stappaerts, Noise Painting, 2016. Painting.

Catharinadhaen photo m hkacc

> Catharina Dhaen, Zonder titel, 2016. Painting.

Anevester reconstruction 2019 arts birthday photo m hkacc

> Ane Vester, Reconstruction of a Memory including a Book, 2016. Painting.

Carolevanderlinden pliage 2019 art's birthday photo m hkacc

> Carole Vanderlinden, Pliage, 2016. Painting.

Mitjetusek bourbon 2019 arts birthday photo m hkacc

> Mitja Tušek, Bourbon, 2016. Painting.

Smallkasper bosmans  legend future studies  2016  courtesy of the artist  marc foxx gallery  los angeles and gladstone gallery  new york brussels

> Kasper Bosmans, Legend: A Temporary Futures Institute, 2016. Painting, acrylic on panel.

Jpg blanket

> Maryam Najd , Mediterranean Blanket II, 2016. Painting, oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm.

Pietervermeersch 2019 art's birthday photo m hkacc

> Pieter Vermeersch, Untitled, 2017. Painting.

Sanamkhatibi icantwait 2019 arts birthday photo m hkacc

> Sanam Khatibi, I can’t wait till I taste your skin, 2017. Painting.

Michaelborremans lily photo m hkacc

> Michaël Borremans, Lily, 2017. Painting.

Jeanbaptistebernadette 2019 art's birthday photo m hkacc

> Jean-Baptiste Bernadet, Dernier jour, 2017. Painting.

Nel aerts thebesthelmsmen

> Nel Aerts, The Best Helmsmen Stand on Shore, 2017. Painting.

Bertlezy 2019 art's birthday photo m hkacc

> Bert Lezy, De dagelijkse Lezy op doek, 2018. Painting.

Atelierpicapica photo m hka

> Atelier Pica Pica, Petite huile poussiéreuse II, 2018. Painting.

Jurgenaddiers thepoliceman 2019 arts birthday photo m hkacc

> Jürgen Addiers, The Policeman picks me up for painting the street, 2018. Painting, 40 x 50 cm.

Leenvoet bvd 2019 art's birthday photo m hkacc

> Leen Voet, BVD#09, 2018. Painting.

Angelvergara monday 2019 art's birthday photo m hkacc

> Angel Vergara, Monday, November 5 around 9am., 2018. Painting.

Bensledsens choppedtree photo m hkacc

> Ben Sledsens, Chopped Tree, 2018. Painting.

Gijsmillius untitled 2019 arts birthday photo m hkacc

> Gijs Milius, Untitled, 2018. Painting.

Katiheck photo m hkacc

> Kati Heck, Dobbelpunkt, 2018. Painting.

Justinfitzpatrick portraitofhenribergson  photo m hkacc

> Justin Fitzpatrick, Portrait of Henri Bergson, 2018. Painting.

Sachaeckes asseshereandnow 2019 arts birthday photo m hkacc

> Sacha Eckes, Asses Here and Now, 2018. Painting.

Michaeldebatty disagreement 2019 arts birthday photo m hkacc

> Michael Debatty, Disagreement, 2018. Painting.

Damiendelepereire operamaxima 2019 arts birthday photo m hkacc

> Damien De Lepeleire, Opera Maxima, 2018. Painting.

Marliesdeclerck howwaterbehaves 2019 arts birthday photo m hkacc

> Marlies De Clerck, How water behaves in weightlessness, 2018. Painting.

Antoinecarbonne dontbortherme 2019 arts birthday photo m hkacc

> Antoine Carbonne, Don't bother me, 2018. Painting.

Magnusanderson 2019 art's birthday photo m hkacc

> Magnus Andersen, In House Orphan Award !!!, 2018. Painting.

Flexbojla 2019 arts birthday photo m hkacc 11

> Flexboj & L.A., Zonder titel, 2018. Painting.

Dirkvandereecken berlou photo m hka

> Dirk Vander Eecken, Berlou, 2019. Painting.

Gery de smet  photo m hkacc

> Gery De Smet, Pelaumen Abzugeben, 2019. Painting.

Michielceulers polter photo m hkacc

> Michiel Ceulers, Polter Gheist (tv screen), 2019. Painting.

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> Jef Verheyen, 141 Untitled. Painting, matt lacquer on fibreboard, 40 x 40 cm.

Jeanschwind art photo m hka

> Jean Schwind, ART. Painting.

Mennomeewis photo m hkacc

> Menno Meewis, Zonder titel. Painting.

Annazacharoff wohn 2019 arts birthday photo m hkacc

> Anna Zacharoff, Wohngemeinschaft. Painting.

Marthewery photo m hkacc

> Marthe Wéry, Untitled (jaune/ocre). Painting.

Alfreddursel photo m hkacc

> Alfred d'Ursel, Untitled. Painting.

Vercammen wout gebod zero sd collection m hkaphoto cc

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