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Singapore - National Museum - A Story of the Image - Old & New Masters from Antwerp

14/04/2009

SINGAPORE - NATIONAL MUSEUM - A STORY OF THE IMAGE - OLD & NEW MASTERS FROM ANTWERP
August 14 - October 4, 2009

Charif.JPG'A Story of the Image' presents a collection of artworks from the city of Antwerp, which is both an historical and contemporary centre for the development of the possibilities of the image. The artworks embody the balancing act between the visible and the invisible. They are on loan from the collections of important Antwerp museums: the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum Plantin-Moretus/Print room that is recognised as UNESCO world heritage, and MuHKA (the Museum for Contemporary Art) that closely follows the developments in art and image culture.

Throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries a revolution took place in the West concerning the world of the image. The international art market first came into being in Antwerp. The artist came to stand apart from clients and was forced to start working for unknown destinations and clients. As a consequence new genres evolved, such as landscapes and still lives. Alongside this development the reproduction of images became possible thanks to developments in printing techniques. This was to lay the foundations for today's globalised image culture.

Today the world can be experienced as a place in which one is engulfed by images: we live in a place marked by the mass media and mass consumption. Within this context, innumerable artists from the same region, once so significant to the beginnings of the mass media, deliberately distance themselves from it. They approach the image in an alternative way and probe its limits. They make us acutely aware of the image. And, just as in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, they have an attention for the everyday, the insignificant: the slight, barely existent, is everything. 

More information:
Singapore National Museum: Augustus 14 - October 04, 2009
Curators: Bart De Baere, Dieter Roelstraete (MuHKA) and Herwig Todts (KMSKA)
www.storyoftheimage.org
www.muhka.be
www.kmska.be

Image:
Charif Benhelima, "Garbage", 2005 (cibachrome, alu on plexi)
Courtesy: collection MuHKA