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.

The Stonemason, 2011

Book, 19.7 x 12.7 cm, 327 p., language : English, publisher : L-13 Press.(Aquarium), London, ISBN : 978-0-9565945-3-2.

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Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2026/136).

Literary synopsis

The fifth autobiographical novel, alternatively entitled The Stone Mason, by the dyslexic teenager who left school at 16, failed to get into art college and instead entered Chatham dockyard as an apprentice stonemason. A dark and humorous expose of the human condition, written in the dyslexic hand and dialect of its hero.

Relation of the novel to the artist’s practice

After leaving secondary school at age 16, Billy Chyldish worked at the Naval Dockyard in Chatham as an apprentice stonemason. Initially denied an interview to the local art school, he produced hundreds of drawings that gained him entry to St. Martin's School of Art. Chyldish’s defiance to authority led to his eventual expulsion from art school in 1981. Chyldish then embarked on an artistic, odyssey exploring a broad range of worldly themes including war, history, social protest, as well his own experiences of alcoholism, and the sexual abuse he suffered as a child.

During the book launch, L-13 art space showed an exhibition of drawings from the Tea Huts of Hell that were made by Chyldish whilst an apprentice stonemason in 1976 and gained him entry to art college; a couple of stone sculptures (in progress); the first carved by Chyldish since his apprenticeship and a small selection of recent paintings.

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>Billy Chyldish. The Stonemason Book Launch Exhibition at L-13 Exhibitions, London.

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>Billy Chyldish. The Stonemason Book Launch Exhibition at L-13 Exhibitions, London.

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>Billy Chyldish. The Stonemason Book Launch Exhibition at L-13 Exhibitions, London.

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>Billy Chyldish. The Stonemason Book Launch Exhibition at L-13 Exhibitions, London.

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Exhibitions & Ensembles

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> 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.

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> Ensemble: The Book Lovers.