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.

Vladimir's Night, 2014

Book, 20 x 30 cm, 174 p, language: English, publisher: Sternberg Press, ISBN: 978-3-95679-059-1.

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2026/514).

Literary synopsis

Vladimir's Night is the chimerical final work by Maxim Komar-Myshkin, one of the most elusive and tragic figures in Israeli-Russian art. Part children’s book, part gory political assault and part erotic farce involving elaborately detailed paintings that draw from the most disparate sources, the work is not only Komar-Myshkin's magnum opus, but an instrument of psycho-aesthetic retaliation against Vladimir Putin, whom the artist believed had a personal vendetta against him. Komar-Myshkin committed suicide in 2011, soon after completing the album. In her annotations, Rosa Chabanova explores the book’s many layers, covering such wide-ranging topics as the financial schemes of Russian oligarchs, medieval literature, political assassinations and the massive immigration wave of Russians to Israel. In so doing, Chabanova unravels the haunting story of Komar-Myshkin and arrives at startling conclusions as to what actually transpired during Komar-Myshkin's final years.

Relation of the novel to the artist’s practice

The book is part of a bigger body of works which contains not only Komar-Myshkin's other works, but also those  the "Buried Alive Group"—a collective of ex-Soviet artists he formed in Tel Aviv. The group purposefully isolated themselves from the Israeli artistic scene, concerned instead with the political situation in their home country. Their 2004 manifesto states: “We are living Russian corpses, a pack of spiritual zombies. We intently buried ourselves in the Middle-East, but we are still living our Russian past. We are the Buried Alive.” At the time of his suicide in 2011, Komar-Myshkin, the group left behind a series of collectively produced videos

Novel's website

Novel's website2

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>Roee Rosen, Stills from The Buried Alive Group Videos Killing Andrey Lev, 2008, featuring Andrey Lev, 2013

>Roee Rosen, A still from The Buried Alive Group Videos. Historical Joke nr 3,  2013.

>Roee Rosen, The Buried Alive Group, Animation Chants for Commodities: Little Iron, 2013


> Maxim Komar-Myshkin.

> Roee Rosen.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Ensemble: The Artist's Novel.