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.

Art kept me out of jail (Homage to Jacques Mesrine), 2008

Performance, 04:00:00.

©Angelos bvba, photo: Attilio Maranzano

Paris, Musée du Louvre, Galerie Daru & Cour Napoléon

In this performance, running for four hours Fabre transforms himself in the diverse disguises of Jacques Mesrine, French enemy of the state number one. He tries to escape from the institute Louvre, where a big Fabre exhibition is running. He quotes the gangster and will eventually die, like Mesrine, in a hail of bullets. 


'Two o'clock in the morning.
Alone in my hotel room again.
I need that.
Sometimes I give too much to the outside world.
I'm physically shattered.
My brain is aflame and inside my skull it's
much too warm.
It was a hellish but exciting five-hour journey.
My performance 'Homage to Jacques Mesrine'
in the 70m-long Galerie Daru in the Louvre.
But what a kick (my whole body was quivering)
to be riddled with bullets at the end of the
performance (the same number of bullets
with which Jacques Mesrine was murdered
by the French police in the centre of Paris)
at the feet of the goddess Nike.
(And yet I escaped and got out alive from the finest
and best secured prison in France, the Louvre.)
Tomorrow I can go home.
To my free zone, Antwerp.
And sleep, that will be for tomorrow.'

(Jan Fabre, Paris, 22 April 2008)


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>Photograph / video still with Jan Fabre performing "Art kept me out of jail (Homage to Jacques Mesrine)" (2008).

>Click here to watch a short clip from the performance "Art kept me out of jail (Homage to Jacques Mesrine)" (2008).


> Jan Fabre.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: Jan Fabre – Stigmata, Actions & Performances 1976-2013. M HKA, Antwerpen, 24 April 2015 - 26 July 2015.

> Ensemble: Gangsters en metamorfose [Gangsters and Metamorphosis].

Related Items

>Jan Fabre, Art kept me out of jail (Homage to Jacques Mesrine), 2008.Print, 60 x 40 cm.