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  • Lars von Trier – Melancholia: The Diamond

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    Lars von Trier is a voice that contemporary culture really listens to, with ever-apprehensive enjoyment. What might he say and do next? His unpredictability is a crucial part of our enjoyment. Now, for the first time in more than twenty years, he presents a new work conceived for an exhibition context.
    The first documentary von Trier made at film school was about diamonds, and the fascination with these stones has stayed with him ever since. A few years ago, he launched the idea to ‘execute re-workings of carefully selected diamonds that thematically each spring from one of my films’.
    M HKA, the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, is delighted to present ‘Melancholia: The Diamond’ in collaboration with von Trier himself, with Marianne Slot and with Leonid Ogarev, who initiated and supported this exhibition project, which we daresay is something new – certainly for M HKA but also for von Trier. Both exhibition and event, both thought-image and self- professed monument, ‘Melancholia: The Diamond’ subverts and reformats our understanding of entertainment, interactivity, artistic experimentation and critical reflection – the stuff that museums of contemporary art are made of.
    To rearticulate the hard core of his film Melancholia, released in 2011, von Trier had a rare twin diamond – two stones grown together hundreds of millions of years ago – cut in ambiguous ways: neither raw nor finished with all the polished surfaces required by the diamond industry. As far as we know, this is the only diamond of its caste (around 12 carats) to have been fashioned into a thought-form rather than a wearable work of art. It could not be mounted in a ring or brooch; it could only be held and turned by a viewer inspecting its carefully calibrated irregularities.
    In The Time-Image, his second book on cinema, philosopher Gilles Deleuze coined the term ‘crystal-image’ to describe not only the complexities of mirroring but also how the flow of time can be contracted into an ‘extreme point’. At M HKA, as if to illustrate this, von Trier’s diamond is displayed in a large, high-ceilinged, pointedly triangular hall, in three different guises: as ‘the thing-in-itself’, as a wall text by von Trier himself and as a VR (Virtual Reality) experience to be enjoyed by one person at the time for no more than two minutes.
    We daresay that this manipulable real-time simulation of the twin diamond – developed and produced by Leonid Ogarev in Moscow – is also something new in the worlds of contemporary art, VR and diamonds alike. It allows anyone to view the stone as if it were, indeed, the likely outcome of the film Melancholia: a dead twin planet twirling in black space. We can hold it, turn it around, push it back, dream about it and even penetrate its half-cut-half-uncut surface and roam an inner universe of light.
    The diamond was cut by ANTWERP CUT – Mike Akiki. The VR was produced by IP OGAREV Head of Digital Anastasiya Tarasova. The exhibition was coordinated by M HKA Senior Curator Anders Kreuger.

    'Melancholia: The Diamond’ is accompanied by a comprehensive screening programme at Cinema Zuid, the art-house cinema that is part of M HKA. All of Lars von Trier’s films, including his latest release The House That Jack Built, will be shown there in February, March and April 2019.

    • 04/05/2019 22:00

    MUHKA

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  • Salon de Peinture

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    Welcome to our Salon de Peinture, where you can quietly linger amidst the works of over fifty Belgian (or Belgium-based) painters. As befits a true French Salon, you will be dazzled by paintings of established artists such as Fred Bervoets, Luc Tuymans and Walter Swennen, or young talent such as Vedran Kopljar, Anna Zacharoff and Gijs Milius.

    • 30/03/2019 23:00

    MUHKA

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  • Hugo Roelandt & de jaren ’80 - AIGUA I AIGUA

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    The Belgian artist Hugo Roelandt was one of the pioneers of performance art in Belgium in the seventies and eighties. He was an artist's artist who operated outside of the art market and who had a keen eye on the developments in society. By combining his vision of photography and performance art, Roelandt developed a personal mixture of performance and installation art which he referred to as post performance.

    Hugo Roelandt donated part of his legacy to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, where he was a photography teacher. Both his partner, Lydia Van Loock, and the Academy decided to preserve the artist's archive as a whole in the form of a research platform and donate it to the M HKA. The museum will use its knowledge and expertise to conserve, document and make the artist's archive accessible to contemporary artists, students, researchers and the general public.

    The archive starts in 1973 and runs to 2015. This presentation shows archival material and objects from the eighties and revisits projects such as Auto Matic Art Project (Brussels, 1983), Circulation(Brussels, 1983 / Waasmunster, 1985) and Pavimenti (Antwerp, 1987 ). In addition, a re-performance of Aigua Bellugada/The Shape of Water (1985) will be presented on the roof terrace.

    In collaboration with Lydia Van Loock and Marc Holthof.

    • 04/05/2019 22:00

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  • Alfons Hoppenbrouwers – Harmonic Sequences

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    The life and work of Alfons Hoppenbrouwers (1930-2001), member of the Congregation of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, is characterized by great social and pedagogical engagement, coupled with an artistic and culture-based vision. In addition to being an architect, teacher and co-founder of the Sint-Lukas archive, he was also a visual artist. Out of his interest in Gestalt psychology, baroque music and architecture, Hoppenbrouwers developed geometric work in which he investigated how abstract oppositions - figure versus background - and cognitive arrangements of complex mathematical calculations generate form and arrange colour in the flat plane of plastic spatiality.

    • 05/05/2019 11:31

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  • Charlemagne Palestine – “”" hhheiligggkkkarrrousellldddommm “””"

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    The New York-Brussels Charlemagne Palestine is a multidisciplinary artist who is not easily pigeonholed. He was part of the singular avant-garde and underground scene in New York during the sixties and seventies. Palestine is also associated with Fluxus, and artists such as Robert Filliou, James Lee Byars, Gordon Matta-Clark, Laurie Anderson and Philip Glass.

    Renowned for his legendary performances and works with video and music, he is best known today for his impressive multimedia installations with plush stuffed animals, which, understood as total works of art, encompass all aspects of his artistic personality.

    Charlemagne Palestine is a performer, musician and visual artist. As a musician he is part of the New York avant-garde and underground scene in the sixties and seventies. He becomes well known with his experimental compositions and performances. During the seventies he expands his art practice with sculptures and videos, and performs increasingly more often in the company of cuddly bears.

    Palestine's work is situated in an extremely personal world that encompasses both rituals and shamanism. The plush teddy bears act as powerful shamanic totems; Palestine affectionately calls them divine beings. His fascination for toy animals stems from their soulless animism, which Palestine sees as an example of our current pop culture. He bestows upon them a certain status by elevating them to the level of fetish objects in his performances. In this way, Charlemagne Palestine sacralises the everyday and distances himself from the academic, formal and intellectual tendencies in Western art and music.

    • 04/05/2019 22:00

    MUHKA

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