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.

Karel Schoetens

Déclaration De Dépendance de la Belgique au Zaire BIWA, 1989



Collection: M HKA, Antwerpen - Schenking Samarkand, 2019.

Poster for the declaration

Jef Lambrecht was a journalist renowned as one of Belgium’s foremost experts in the current affairs of the Middle-East. Together with Karel Schoetens, Lambrecht founded the artistic project the Belgian Institute for World Affairs (B.I.W.A.) in 1982, as a way to reflect on the peculiarity of Belgium, including its relations to the rest of the world. In 1989, during the ongoing crisis between Belgium and its former colony Zaire (its former colony Congo and now Democratic Republic of Congo) concerning the waiving of debt, B.I.W.A. organised the action Declaration of Dependence, which declared unilaterally that Belgium was a dependent of its former colony Zaire. Beginning as a ritualistic action on the Linkeroever (Left Bank) of Antwerp, the artists made their declaration in the pouring rain in front of a minimal crowd. They then visited the consulate of Zaire to deliver the declaration, but who ultimately declined it. The story nonetheless caused a small media storm, and questions were even raised in parliament. The event elevated to the level of a minor diplomatic incident, with Zaire’s president Mobutu stating press freedom in Belgium was out of control.

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>One of the many copies of the invitation tothe official declaration of dependence of Belgium to Zaïre, variations abound.

>Front page newspaper clipping (stamped) concerning the declaration of dependence of Belgium from Zaïre. (reference to article inside)

> Déclaration De Dépendance de la Belgique au Zaire BIWA, 1989 (exhibition view, MONOCULTURE – A Recent History, 2020, M HKA)


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Karel Schoetens.


1967 – 1971: Studied Filmmaking at the  Rijkshoger Instituut voor Toneel- en Cultuurspreidingstechnieken (R.I.T.C.S.) (INSAS) in

> Jef Lambrecht.

Journalist, essayist, painter, performer, conceptual artist and lots more, Jef Lambrecht is known to a wider public mainly as a radio presenter and  thr

Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: Déclaration de Dépendence de la Belgique au Zaire. BIWA, Antwerpen, 11 December 1988 - 04 August 1992.

> Ensemble: Belgian Institute for World Affairs.



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> Ensemble: La Lanterne de Lantin.

> Ensemble: CorrespondJL.

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> Ensemble: COLONIALISM.

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