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

Urgent Conversations Athens - Antwerp

image: (c) M HKA, Collection M HKA, Antwerp / Collection Flemish Community
Ohne titel (Who's got the big picture), 2006
Film , 258 x 354 cm
tempera, canvas

Ohne Titel (Who’s Got The Big Picture?) from 2006 is a prime example of Johanna Kandl’s established modus operandi, in which she successfully weds the tradition of historical painting with the gloomy reality of twentieth and twenty-first century new media. In this large-scale canvas, the glaring poverty endured by many subjects of the former Soviet satellite states contrasts sharply with the glitzy nouveau richesse enjoyed by those whose transition to the New Capitalism happened much more smoothly (such as in this anonymous city in ex-Yugoslavia).