MUHKADEMIE – Museum of Contemprorary Art, Antwerp

Participation of the master students in the workshop and lecture of Michelangelo Pistoletto and Cittadellarte. Participating Alexandros Kaklamanos , Dimitris Rentoumis, Paulina Mellado Neely and Yukari Matsumoto

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Muhkademie

What happens when the messy Academy invades the pure white rooms of the M HKA museum of contemporary art? When the cradle and the Valhalla of art come face to face? A temporary no-man’s-land comes into existence, that’s what, offering us an
opportunity to raise questions about both institutions. The artist Nico Dockx and the art historian Johan Pas have invited a range of artists and artlovers, lecturers and students, thinkers and doers to consider the roles of both the Academy and the museum in a changed, post-institutional art world.

To that end, the three exhibition rooms on the top floor of the M HKA become a temporary branch of the Academy. The three spaces take on the functions of archive, assembly hall, and project space and are linked with each other by a flexible, transparent, site-specific structure by the visionary architect Yona Friedman (born in 1923). This structure provides a setting for conversations, classes, workshops, discussions, and presentations over a period of three months.

MUHKADEMIE is a temporary laboratory in which the boundaries between artistic practice, education, and research can be explored. Alumna Ina Leys invited alumni of the Academy to present new works (MUHKALUMNI), while a variety of works of art and documents from the M HKA’s collection are introduced as ‘sparring partners’. During the day, visitors to the museum can observe projects, seminars, and workshops; every Thursday evening there will be public conversations with artists about the interfaces between the museum and the Academy, art and education, practice and reflection.

MUHKADEMIE includes documents, works, interventions, and/ or contributions by, a.o., James Lee Byars, Marcel Broodthaers, Jacques Charlier, Jean-Baptiste Decavèle, Luc Deleu & TOP-office, Extra-Academy, Robert Filliou, Yona Friedman, Jef Geys, Ina Leys, Gustav Metzger, Louise Osieka, Panamarenko, Michelangelo Pistoletto & Cittadellarte, and students and staff of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. The activities are being documented and some will appear, along with other contributions, in book form early in 2014 under the title Pro-Positions. Art and/as Education 2013–1963 (published by Mer, Ghent).

 

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