Contemporary artists in the MAS
The MAS tells the story of Antwerp’s relationship with the world, a relationship that has lasted for five centuries. That story is open-ended. The museum has asked contemporary artists to bring it right up to date.
The MAS asked a few (inter)national artists of the day to add a contemporary feel to the museum.
- Luc Tuymans designed a mosaic for the museum square.
- Graphic designer Tom Hautekiet and writer Tom Lanoye created the medallions in the MAS Boulevard.
- The museum called on George Nuku and the in-house composer Eric Sleichim for their help in decorating the museum floors and the sound sculptures.
- Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven created a design for the light panels along the MAS Boulevard (May 2011 - May 2013).
Luc Tuymans’ ‘Dead Skull’ gives Antwerp’s artistic history a contemporary twist. The 1,600-m² mosaic is his first permanent work on public display.
Three thousand medallions designed by Tom Hautekiet and featuring a poem by Tom Lanoye constitute an ode to the city, port, river and world.
For the ‘Display of Power’ theme (+4), New Zealand artist George Nuku created an installation inspired by a Maori meeting house, where people commune with their ancestors.
In-house composer Eric Sleichim created a sound sculpture for each floor of the museum.
Photographer Hans Van der Meer photographed and filmed amateur football fields and football players in Antwerp.