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Extra muros: A Story of the Image

Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen M HKA, Antwerp

Old and New Masters from Antwerp National Museum of Singapore

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A Story of the Image presents a collection of works of art from the port of Antwerp, which both historically and today is a centre for developing the potential of the image. They depict a balance between what is visible and what is invisible. They originally come from the collections of the major museums in Antwerp: the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, the Plantin-Moretus Museum, which is a UNESCO world heritage site, the MuHKA, the Museum of Contemporary Art that keeps close track of the development of art and visual culture.

In the sixteen and seventeenth centuries, there was a revolution in the world of the image in the West. In Antwerp the international art market was born. This meant that the artist was no longer dependent on patrons and started working for an unknown objective and buyer. This gave rise to new genres such as landscapes and still-lifes. Apart from this, the reproduction of images was facilitated by the development of printing technology. This sowed the seed for today’s globalised visual culture.

Nowadays we are able to experience the world as a place where one is swamped with images. A place that is marked by mass media and mass consumption. In this context, many artists from the same region, which was once very important in the development of mass media, in fact now distance themselves from it. Their approach to the image is new and explores its boundaries. In this way they make us aware of the image. Just as in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries when there was a growing interest in the everyday and the trivial; almost nothing is everything.

A Story of the Image combines art historical masterpieces from the collection of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp: paintings by Anthony Van Dyck and David Teniers, for example, and innovative graphic work from Antwerp that marks the beginning of the reproducible image, with work by mainly Flemish contemporary artists from the MuHKA collection, such as Luc Tuymans, Davis Claerhout and Francis Alÿs.

Image: Berlinde De Bruyckere, In Flanders Fields, 2000photo Addiers

Francis Alÿs, Carla Arocha, Sven Augustijnen, Charif Benhelima, Guillaume Bijl, Dirk Braeckman, David Claerbout, Vaast Colson, Manon de Boer, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Raoul De Keyser, Honoré d’’O, Lili Dujourie, Marlene Dumas, Jef Geys, Tina Gillen, René Heyvaert, Jan Kempenaers, Jacques Lizène, Danny Matthys, Guy Mees, Hans Op de Beeck, Ria Pacquée, Liza May Post, Gert Robijns, Jan J. Schoonhoven, Walter Swennen, Toon Tersas, Narcisse Tordoir, Ana Torfs, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Luc Tuymans, Maarten Vanden Abeele, Koen Van Den Broek, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven and Robert Zandvliet

Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp:
Jan Breugel I, Gonzales Coques, Henri De Braekeleer, Paul de Vos, Abel Grimmer, David III Rijckaert, Peter Paul Rubens, Daniël Seghers & Cornelis Schut, Jan Steen, David Teniers, Antoon Van Dijck en Jan I Van Kessel

Museum Plantin-Moretus:
Schelte a Bolswert, Hans Bol, Adriaan Collaert, Jacob II de Gheyn, Romeyn De Hooghe, Philips Galle, Frans Hogenberg, Wenceslas Hollar, Hans Liefrinck, Jan Muller, Joannes I Sadeler, Petrus van der Borcht, Pieter van der Heyden, Anthony Van Dyck, Melchisedech van Hoorn, Dirk Vellert and Abraham Verhoeven

> The exhibition is the initiative of the SingAnt npo and was created by the KMSKA and the MuHKA. The City of Antwerp was responsible for its coordinated implementation and the funding. All in collaboration with the Shanghai Art Museum and the National Museum of Singapore. The loaned paintings come from the KMSKA, the MuHKA and the Plantin-Moretus Museum and Print Room.

Press contact:
Rita Compère / Kathleen Weyts T +32 (0)3 2609991 of +32 (0)3 2608097
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Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen
Leuvenstraat 32, 2000 Antwerpen België
Tue-Wed en Fri-Sun 11:00-18:00
Thu 11:00-21:00
Closed on Mondays, 1st January, 1st May, Ascension Day, 25th December
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Otobong Nkanga / Huseyin Bahri Alptekin
dal 14/10/2015 al 30/1/2016

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