‘The M HKA is a museum for contemporary art, film and visual culture in its widest sense. It is an open place of encounter for art, artists and the public. ‘ (MHKA, 2017)
Reflecting on my visit to this museum my initial disappointment turned into fascination for a couple of the artist (collectives). Some of the expositions started stimulating my mind after reading more information. In one of the opinions in a news paper article on Joseph Beuys, part of the exposition, the writer criticises, loosely translated, the inability of modern artists to bring a message across with their art. Maybe that’s my problem with a lot of contemporary photography. Looking at a picture often isn’t enough. I need to read background information to even try to understand the photographer.
Joseph Beuys – Greetings from the Eurasian. ‘The exhibition Joseph Beuys – Greetings from the Eurasian will seek simultaneously to consider Beuys’ activities in Antwerp during the 1960s and ‘70s, alongside considering his relevance to a new generation.’ (MKHA, 2017)
Fascinating!. I saw a newspaper article in the collection which basically asked the question that came up with me as well, ‘charlatan or genie’? What I saw was ridiculous, but what I read made it meaningful. I have to read more about this person. I want to understand better what he was doing. I can understand a large part of his philosophy and his explanation of what he considers art needs additional study as well.
‘Joseph Beuys was active in Antwerp during the 1960s and 1970s through his relationship with Wide White Space gallery, for whom he was a key reference. Amongst his many exhibitions, it is here that he also made his performance Eurasienstab (Eurasian Staff) in collaboration with Henning Christiansen on 9 February 1968……..
The exhibition will also consider Beuys as a figure who worked in a way that was contrary to the logic and hegemony of Modernism……….’ (MKHA, 2017)
‘Joseph Beuys was a German Fluxus, happening, and performance artist as well as a sculptor, installation artist, graphic artist, art theorist, and pedagogue. His extensive work is grounded in concepts of humanism, social philosophy and anthroposophy; it culminates in his “extended definition of art” and the idea of social sculpture as a gesamtkunstwerk, for which he claimed a creative, participatory role in shaping society and politics.’ (Wikipedia, 2017)
Some other expositions:
- IN SITU: Lifepatch – The Tale of Tiger and Lion.
- Jef Geys: Names.
- Ping Pong – Philippe Van Snick
- LODGERS #12 Art Paper Editions
- INBOX: Lise Duclaux – L’observatoire des simples et des fous
- Urgent Conversations: Antwerp – Athens, Part IV: Dealing with Catastrophe, The Flow of the World
MHKA (2017) At: https://www.muhka.be (last visited 10/12/2017)
Wikipedia (2017) At: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Beuys (last visited (10/12/2017)