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.

The Intellectual Murderer Shoes, 1975

Installation, 23 x 33 x 13 cm.

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Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp / Collection Flemish Community (Inv. no. BK7671_M426).

Byars’ art is a cerebral art, an aesthetics of thought immersed in an atmosphere of immateriality. He emphatically rejects the idea of interpreting works of art in the light of what is already known, as this hampers the process of free thinking. This idea is also present in The Intellectual Murderer Shoes. The reality of the object, in combination with the title, can evoke images of murder scenes with experts in enveloped shoes, or of Byars as a mystic and alchemist who frequently dressed up in a gold suit and a black magician’s hat and shoes. Byars regarded works of art as images in themselves, as objects which as a symbol are cut off from any sort of reference. Guessing their origin would signify a form of classification and this is useless and wasteful. Byars’ personal vocabulary and visual idiom is also unmistakable in The Intellectual Murderer Shoes. The monochrome blackness, the sense of materiality and the simplicity of the whole reveal the paradox between Byars’ pursuit of perfection and the ephemeral character of his work.

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Exhibitions & Ensembles

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> Exhibition: Urgent Conversations Athens - Antwerp. National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST), Athens, 31 October 2016 - 05 February 2017.


> Exhibition: EXTRA MUROS: DE INTERNATIONALE - Museum of Affects. Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, 26 November 2011 - 29 January 2012.

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> Exhibition: The collection XXX – The Museum of Forgotten History, with intervention by Maarten Vanden Eynde. M HKA, Antwerpen, 29 June 2012 - 16 September 2012.


> Exhibition: James Lee Byars / Extra Terrestrial . ICC , Antwerp, 15 May 1976 - 13 June 1976.

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> Exhibition: EXTRA MUROS: Visite Bornem - Gedeelde Ruimte. CC Ter Dilft, Bornem, 03 May 2014 - 25 May 2014.

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> Exhibition: The Collection. M HKA, Antwerpen, 28 April 2017 - 31 December 2021.

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> Ensemble: NU TE ZIEN.

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> Ensemble: Collectie Vlaamse Gemeenschap.


> Ensemble: About the work of James Lee Byars.


> Ensemble: Perfection.




> Ensemble: NUCLEUS.

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> Ensemble: Spiritual Form.

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> Ensemble: Permanent Collection 2017 - 2022 / Library.

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> Ensemble: Shadow of an Extraterrestrial Man.

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> Ensemble: Permanent Collection 2017 - 2022.