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

 © Wilhelm Sasnal. Image: M HKA
Sea Mines II, 2002
Painting , 32.2 x 30 cm
oil, canvas

Like in many other semi-figurative semi-abstract paintings made by Wilhelm Sasnal here it’s also almost impossible to say what this image is about from the first glimpse. The title of the painting clarifies that there are sea mines in front of the viewer. The surface where the objects are located recalls a conditional and simplified map or a globe. The shadow of the right mine reveals the presence of a wall behind them. Sasnal found these mines as seemingly outdated artefacts in a small museum on the Polish coast.

In his works, Sasnal often merges elements form the reality and some images that could have taken from subconsciousness. Nowadays the military objects which were suppressed in the imagination as faraway fears of death and loss, are becoming frighteningly real and immediate once more. History is haunting.