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: Antwerp – Athens, Part III

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Himmelfahrt [Ascension], 1992-1992
Sculpture , 29 x 55 cm
wood, iron, acrylic

A foreigner who is starting to learn a new language encounters words which he/she begins to translate literally. The German word Fahren means 'to ride'. Durham carved a piece of wood in the form of a mountain with the word *Himmelfahrt* (ascension) written on top. Underneath, he placed a discarded car wheel. In this way, he mixes the two meanings: the literal interpretation (the car wheel) with its ancient connotation (the wood representing the Mount of Olives).