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.

Catherine Opie

Portraits: Chloe / James / Pig Pen , 1993-1997


© Photo: Wim Van Eesbeek

Collection: Courtesy the artist, Regen Projects, Los Angeles en Thomas Dane Gallery.

Catherine Opie’s photography from the 1990s can be seen in the art historical traditions of Renaissance and Baroque imagery in Europe, often placing her subjects centrally, with vivid lighting and luminescent backgrounds. Her series Portraits (1993–1997) are amongst her best-known works, which portray members of queer communities, including drag kings, crossdressers, and female-to-male transsexuals, in Los Angeles and San Francisco. The works were produced during the era of the ‘culture wars’ of the late 1990s in the U.S., which polarised society on key subjects of socio-political relevance – including abortion rights, religion, sexual freedom, censorship, guns, property and privacy – along ideological lines between ‘progressives’ and ‘conservatives’. Opie’s portraits have provided visibility to individuals and communities that have historically been marginalised in society. The politics of identity have brought aesthetics and politics into civil discourse, of which the visual arts have played a leading role, demonstrating that visual culture can be significant in debates on society and equality.

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Catherine Opie.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

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

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> Ensemble: CULTURE WARS.