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.

Immortality Is Just a State of Mind, 1987

Other, 2 x (100 x 100 cm).

image: © Senaat, Collection Province de Hainaut / Dépôt BPS22, Charleroi

Collection: Collection Province de Hainaut / Dépôt BPS22, Charleroi.

The diptych Immortality is Just a State of Mind was created on the return of the artist's trip to Moscow. It consists of a masculine figure, inspired by that of the heroic sailor depicted in the foreground of the painting La Défense de Sébastopol (1942) by the painter Alexandre Deïneka (1899-1969). Executed by Jean-François Octave in the illusion of a mosaic, the work refers to the monumental achievements of this Soviet painter, including that of the Mayakovskaya metro station in Moscow. A senestre, the sentence of the title is painted in capital letters, as an authoritative advertising slogan; it is derived from the famous song Just an Illusion, from the post-disco group Imagination, released in 1982, which was a planetary success.

Emblematic of Octave's work, the work mixes references that are ideologically opposed: on the one hand, the hero-like staging of the defenders of Sevastopol against the Nazi invasion, in the classical register of Socialist Realism and, on the other hand, the apparent lightness of the pop reference, an illustration of capitalism exploiting all the stages of mass entertainment for commercial purposes; even though it contains forms of subversion (the disco subculture being the first ostensible stage for homosexuality). The artist also highlights the eroticism of this young man with a muscular body, emphasising that the working man’s imagery by Socialist Realism exudes a certain (homo) sexual idealisation of the male body. This (homo)sexual idealisation is also one of the powers behind disco music... By associating these two opposing ideological conceptions, Jean-François Octave emphasises the same use of the sexual realm, on both sides of the old iron curtain.

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Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: Superdemocracy – The Senate of Things. de Senaat, Brussel, 01 October 2017 - 31 October 2017.