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.

Studie voor de Maenaden, Boston, 1960

Drawing, 785 x 573 mm.

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Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. S0491_22).

The myth of Orpheus plays a crucial role in Cox's oeuvre.  From 1953 up to the end of his painting life, it was to remain a constant source of inspiration.  In 1958-1959 he would devote an entire cycle of works to it.  He concludes this particular series of paintings on the Orphean theme in 1960 with a number of works around the Maenads, and of which this drawing is a preparatory sketch.

“The Maenads”, Cox writes, “are women who come together in an orgiastic celebration that ends in hysteria and destruction.  Animals are ripped apart, and Orpheus - who accidentally finds himself in this enchanted wood - is befallen by the same fate.  His limbs are strewn and his head and lyre flow away down river.  The poet who could live no more is destroyed by elemental forces."

In Study for the Maenads, Boston'(1960), also titled The Hands, the drama of Orpheus and Eurydice is not represented in detail, but rather via the loose, sketchy and linear drawing that obliges the viewer to all the more associate with the sorrow and the pain.  With this clear, constrained composition, the artist brings a personal and humane intensity of feeling to the surface. 

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> Jan Cox.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: INBOX: Jan Cox – Episode 1: How can you keep the remembrance of an artist current? Koen van den Broek's choice. M HKA, Antwerp, 06 April 2014 - 04 May 2014.

> Ensemble: Aanwinsten 2014 [Acquisitions 2014].