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'

M HKA - Museum of Contemporary Art, Leuvenstraat 32, 2000 Antwerp (Belgium)

Last year, M HKA was invited by EMST in Athens for the opening exhibition in the new museum building. Today, Urgent Conversations: Antwerp – Athens forms the second part of this collaboration in which a number of dialogues between works from the two collections will be resumed. The urgency is to be found, not only at the level of the content, but also in a practice – the dialogic – which is symmetrical in its nature.

At first sight, Athens and Antwerp are extremes in today’s Europe. In any case, both cities have each in their own way contributed to Europe’s cultural fabric. The major lines of our social organisation stem from Athens, as well our idea of art. As for Antwerp, it is one of the key cities of the early modern era, a centre of research and thought, the city where Utopia was written and the first art market was created.



Tuesday 11.00 am – 6.00 pm
Wednesday 11.00 am – 6.00 pm
Thursday 11.00 am – 9.00 pm
Friday 11.00 am – 6.00 pm
Saturday 11.00 am – 6.00 pm
Sunday 11.00 am – 6.00 pm


Whether you choose to visit with one of our guides, or explore the museum by yourself, at M HKA each visit is centred around interaction: between the viewer and art, but also between the visitors. This interaction takes place in associations and imagination, conversations and discussions, creativity and expression.

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(c)image: M HKA, Koen Luyten