De Stadscollectie: In/Zicht

'De Stadscollectie Antwerpen' is a lively tribute to the artists who give colour to the city of Antwerp. From emerging talent to established names, this collection highlights local creativity but also the global influence of Antwerp’s art scene.

Antwerp is widely known for its contemporary art scene. With artists, galleries and artistic initiatives that resonate internationally, the city has been a pole of attraction for artists from all over the world for many years. In 2021, on the initiative of the city of Antwerp, the M HKA launched De Stadscollectie Antwerpen (The Antwerp City Collection): a dynamic collection of contemporary visual art. Each year, the M HKA makes careful choices, striving not for excess, but for a well-considered selection of museum standard.

With 'De Stadscollectie Antwerpen', the M HKA and the city of Antwerp aim for a diverse and international contemporary art heritage. This does not only include Antwerp artists, but also foreign artists of significance for Antwerp galleries and historical catch-up artists. In the first years, the focus was on younger artists living and working in Antwerp. That talent was shown in early 2021 during the exhibition Lipstick and Gas Masks. For the 2024 presentation, the focus shifts to reference artists from Antwerp galleries. Discover this collection from May onwards in the freely accessible collection wing on the ground floor of the M HKA. Be surprised by the quality and diversity of Antwerp’s contemporary visual art scene.

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