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.

L. S. Senghor, "Liberté 1: Négritude et humanisme", 1964

Book, 20,5 x 14 x 2,5 cm.

scan: © M HKA, Published by Éditions du Seuil

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp.

This book is the first volume of the series of books titled Liberté (Freedom). As it states in the introduction, the title expresses the general theme of the texts as the “conquest of freedom as affirmation and illustration of the collective personality of black peoples: of Négritude”. Bringing together essays, speeches from conferences and articles dating from 1937 to 1964 – from Léopold Senghor’s first major public lecture in Dakar to the years of his rise to political eminence – the volume bears witness to the development of the Négritude philosophy. Similar to Senghor’s poetry, his short theoretical pieces are rather lyrical than narrative, and refer to the key concepts of Négritude such as surrealism, symbolism, sensitivity versus rationality, rhythm, “integral humanism”, and black African civilisation. Senghor argues for a special role for black African culture to play in the building of universal civilisation. This did not stop him from seeing the features of Négritude in the artworks of Pierre Soulages and Emile Lahner, and writings of diverse Western writers such as Victor Hugo, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Albert Camus to name a few. However, his idea of cultural métissage, or hybridisation has often become a target for criticism. Senghor’s speech Les Belges au Congo (Belgians in Congo), which is included in the volume, is particularly controversial. His admiration of Belgium as a crossroads of civilisations, where the “Latin spirit” put “everythingin its order”, as well as, his understanding of the Belgian mission as key in the creation of afro-latine civilisation, might be interpreted as an apology for the colonisation of the Congo.

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> Exhibition: MONOCULTURE | A Recent History. M HKA, Antwerpen, 25 September 2020 - 25 April 2021.


> Ensemble: MONOCULTURE – Négritude books.

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