The exhibitions Urgent Conversations: Athens–Antwerp and Urgent Conversations: Antwerp – Athens are a collaboration between EMST and M HKA, a theoretical and visual dialogue, based on works from the collections of both museums, which includes more than 70 works structured in 22 topics.   

28.04.2017 - 07.01.2018        

M HKA, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen - Leuvenstraat 32, 2000 Antwerpen

EMST, National Museum of Contemporary Art - Kallirrois Avenue & Amvr. Frantzi Str., Athens 11743

Secular Devotion

Madonnahighres (c)image: M HKA
Madonna, 2010
Painting , 93.5 x 85.5 cm
oil on canvas

With Madonna, Koen van den Broek demonstrates his affinity with classical painting.Van den Broek originally made this painting for the exhibition Masterpieces in the MAS at Antwerp’s Museum Aan de Stroom. Here, the clear reference is to Jean Fouquet’s 1452 painting Madonna surrounded by Seraphim and Cherubim. Fouquet’s use of color and compositional division indeed find echoes in Van den Broek’s Madonna, but the in-part abstracted execution is typical for Koen van den Broek’s oeuvre. This iconic image for the exhibition Masterpieces in the MAS and the accompanying book Visual Thinking. Five Centuries of Images in Antwerp, wherein visual thinking from the 19th century is thematised.