Ik, aan het dromen [Me, Dreaming]
Sculpture, table; 70x 50 x 80 cm, chair; 140 x 50 x 40 cm; figure; 160 x 50 x 100 cm, microscope; 20 x 10 x 10 cm.
Materials: mannequin, plaster, clothes, smoked meat, table, chair, microscope, nails, thumbnails
Collection: Collection M HKA / Collection Flemish Community (Inv. no. BK6962).
This early work by Jan Fabre – an artist who is himself not uncontested, having been recently convicted in Belgium of the assault and sexual harassment of women – was first presented in a gallery which was located opposite a bar of a right-wing militia with neo-Nazi affiliations. The exhibition Fabre made was an overt response to that organisation. It was defensive, in a vital, self-assured way. At the same time, it takes a radically different orientation.
Studded in gold tacks, Jan Fabre creates his own effigy as one before a table, looking through a microscope, scrutinizing and observing the world, much as his art does. The protective shell the artist created for himself is both alluring and repellent, with its thousands of beautiful, yet sharp pins. Such an ambivalent reaction is triggered by instincts that make us human – a desire for beauty combined with self-defence that is physical, mental and emotional. But this dream suit has visible gaps, symbolizing fragility and feelings we cannot control.
It is a kind of a shell that every Ukrainian now is familiar with because of the need to deal with reality. But it’s never fully protective.
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28 April 2017 - 31 December 2021.
For the first time, the M HKA will be able to present a permanent collection exhibition with iconic masterpieces from Flemish and internation
Jan Fabre – Stigmata, Act...
24 April 2015 - 26 July 2015.
Together with Jan Fabre (born in Antwerp in 1958), the legendary exhibition maker Germano Celant created Stigmata, Actions & Performances
EXTRA MUROS: Visite Diest
27 November 2014 - 21 December 2014.
Under the umbrella termVisite, the M HKA – in collaboration with LOCUS, the hub for libraries, cultural and community centres and local cultu
Worth Fighting For
14 November 2022 - 14 December 2022.
Worth Fighting For The Ukrainian fight is about the survival of a nation and its right to exist – politically, militarily, econom
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We're happy to share a number of artworks which will be on display in our new collection space as of 27 April 2017.
Worth Fighting For
14.11 - 14.12.2022 Oskar-Jäger-Strasse 97-99, 50933 Cologne Open every day, 10:00 – 18:00 The Ukrainian fight is about the sur
The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public