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.

Purloined - A Novel, 2000

Book, 22.1 x 14.2 cm, 120 p, language: English, publisher: Cologne: Salon Verlag, ISBN: 3897700158.

©image: M HKA

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2024/444).

Literary synopsis

A mystery novel constructed from a collection of individual pages from other novels. Each page has been reproduced maintaining the original fonts and type sizes. Characters and storylines from various literary sources interact between the covers of the artists' book. A project initiated by Kosuth in 1996 and completed in 2000. Printed in a numbered edition of 750 copies.

Relation of the novel to the artist’s practice

One of the pioneers of conceptual art, from the 1960s Kosuth focused his research on verbal language, of which he investigates the possible meaning, significance and images through installations that he develops borrowing other people’s thoughts and words. A working method that is also used in Purloined: A Novel, which is rich of narrative clichés that are typical of detective novels.

Authorship: Appropriation/Collage.

Creative Strategy: Novel Art Object.

Genre: Detectives.

Publishing: Art Books Publishing House.

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> Joseph Kosuth.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE ARTWORK BECOMES A NOVEL?. M HKA, Antwerp, 07 December 2012 - 21 April 2013.

> Exhibition: THE BOOK LOVERS - A Project about Artist Novels. The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, 25 January 2013 - 09 March 2013.

> Exhibition: Book Lovers 4.0 (Pop-up Bookstore). De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam, 28 January 2014 - 02 February 2014.

> Exhibition: The Preparation of the Novel (Book Lovers 5.0). Fabra i Coats - Centre d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, 18 July 2014 - 05 September 2014.

> Ensemble: The Artist's Novel.