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.

Zij die hier zijn zijn van hier, 2007

Painting, 80 x 68 cm.

Amberes photo m hka cc 2019 cc 01 32 Courtesy of the artist and Xavier Hufkens; image: © M HKA

Collection: Courtesy of the artist and Xavier Hufkens.

Walter Swennen is known for his radical, experiential and associative approach to painting and is active as a poet and painter. Often, his work is an interplay between word and image, and the painting Zij die hier zijn zijn van hier (Those who are here are from here), which may be seen as a written painting or as a painted text, is a striking example. The ambiguity is pursued in the text itself. What at first sight seems like a clear, slogan-like message becomes – after several readings – much less unequivocal. Who is referred to as ‘those’?

Following four murders that happened in Belgium in 2006, several musicians including Tom Barman of the band dEUS organised free music festivals around the country called 0110 on 1st October of the following year. The Antwerp section taking place on the Gedempte Zuiderdokken (Filled in Docks) and attracted 40,000 people. The sentiment was very much against racism, extremism and violence, yet the political party Vlaams Belang (Flemish Interest) considered these festivals as being anti-Far Right and organised their own counter-festival. Several visual artists also organised an exhibition in solidarity with the 0110 festival titled Mute, for which Swennen made this painting.

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> Walter Swennen.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

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> Exhibition: AMBERES – Roberto Bolaño’s Antwerp. M HKA , Antwerp, 07 June 2019 - 15 September 2019.

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>Walter Swennen, Zij die hier zijn zijn van hier, 2007.Print, screen print, 80 x 68 cm.