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.

Neighbourhood's Nap (Tauben haben noch keinen Krieg verhindert), 1990

Installation, 71.5 x 71.5 x 20 cm.

©image: M HKA

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. BK7408_M266).

During his short career German artist Martin Kippenberger produced a seemingly endless amount of ‘objects’, among them an impressive number of multiples. For Kippenberger making multiples was more than a reaction against the idea of ‘the unique work of art’. Multiplication and variation was the hallmark of his entire oeuvre. Neighbourhood’s Nap is such a multiple, which means it exists in many copies. The work’s title becomes obvious as we listen to it. We hear buzzing noises, voices that speak, murmuring… Vague sounds that mean nothing in particular. And what we see, a white surface in a wooden frame, does not bring us much further. It is as if are listening to our neighbours talking behind a thin wall, and their voices are mixed with sounds from the street. The subtitle (‘Doves have not yet prevented any war’) makes the work even more secretive. Kippenberger himself suggested that it might have something to do with a couple making out and the birds outside. Does the subtitle perhaps refer to mating doves? War, and above all the evil it brings, is a theme that often recurs in Kippenberger's work. This work is possibly an antidote to the war theme: life goes on, even in times of war. The ‘packaging’ of a work of art was another of Kippenberger’s fundamental concerns. In this case the sound piece (the cassette recorder) is packed in a crate that says ‘careful – fragile’ and hidden behind a white surface, a white monochrome painting, if we like. The packaging offers no key to the meaning of this work, but it does become an integral part of it.

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> Martin Kippenberger.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: The collection XXXII – Personality Test + The Book Lovers. M HKA, Antwerpen, 07 December 2012 - 21 April 2013.

> Exhibition: The Collection. M HKA, Antwerpen, 28 April 2017 - 31 December 2021.

> Ensemble: Collectie Vlaamse Gemeenschap.

> Ensemble: Permanent Collection / Fluxus.