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.

Mesmeric Revelation, 1987-1988

Painting, 200 x 190 cm.

©image: M HKA

Collection: M HKA / Vlaamse Gemeenschap (Inv. no. BK005604).

The line between image and text is never far away in Walter Swennen’s work. Painting provides a way of analysing the relationships between symbol and allegory, the ‘readable’ and the ‘visible’ image, meaning and loss of significance.

But the thing that really interests Swennen is the effect his work has on us. He offers his viewers some tools, but no ready-made explanations. By confronting us with simple things from our daily lives, Swennen hopes to awaken our imagination.

Mesmeric Revelation can also refer to the title of a short story, written by Edgar Allan Poe in 1844. German physician and astrologer Franz Friedrich Anton Mesmer theorised animal magnetism or mesmerism. His theory suggests that a natural transference of energy exists between all animated and inanimate objects. The further development of Mesmer’s ideas led to the first observations of hypnotism in 1842.

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> Walter Swennen.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: The Eightees – A Decade of Extremes. M HKA, Antwerpen, 17 June 2016 - 18 September 2016.

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> Exhibition: Museum in Motion - Walter Swennen. M HKA, Antwerp, 16 September 2022 - 08 January 2023.

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> Ensemble: An Architecture for Art - Walter Swennen.