M HKA gaat digitaal

Met M HKA Ensembles zetten we onze eerste ├ęchte 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.

Political poem: (W)AFFE, 1971

Photography, 70 x 84 cm.

©image: M HKA

Collection: Private Collection, Antwerp.

De Vree is sometimes very direct in his poesia visiva, refraining from adding a single alienating element to a photograph cut from a newspaper. Political poem: W(AFFE) is his attempt to unmask the combined power practices of state and police apparatuses. Since a viewer could overlook the newspaper photograph without paying attention to it, De Vree adds an ironic comment to the picture. Conversely, the words are made topical by the pithy, demagogic snapshot drawn from the mass media. Taken together, the photograph and text produce a shock in the viewer who had earlier simply overlooked the picture in the newspaper. In W(AFFE), an armed soldier is seen pursuing a young man. The brutality of this action is underlined by De Vree’s ironic comment: on the soldier’s chest he has written ‘W(AFFE)’ (weapon/ape).

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Artist

> Paul De Vree.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: EXTRA MUROS: Spirits of Internationalism. Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, 21 January 2012 - 29 April 2012.

> Ensemble: Het Ge├źngageerde [The Engaged].

> Ensemble: Poesia Visiva.