13.02.2021–18.04.2021 Lipstick and Gas Masks – The City Collection Antwerp M HKA

Nel Aerts, Els Dietvorst, Nadia Naveau, Maika Garnica, Perry Roberts, Mashid Mohadjerin, Charline Tyberghein, Adrien Tirtiaux, Cindy Wright, Imge Özbilge, Bendt Eyckermans, Otobong Nkanga, Guy Woueté, Philippe Van Wolputte

The city of Antwerp starts with the development of a city collection of contemporary art. The artworks will be given on long-term loan to the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (M HKA), which will develop the collection together with the city. In the first year, the acquisitions for the new collection will focus on young artists living in Antwerp. This will provide them with support – both financially and in terms of appreciation – which today is even more urgent than ever because of COVID.

Antwerp is the city of the avant-garde par excellence, with a diverse, artist-driven and internationally oriented art scene. This art scene has also served as a basis for international developments, through commercial galleries and world-class public initiatives. In the past, this has only led to the creation of patrimony in a very fragmentary manner. This is why the city of Antwerp is now starting with the development of a city collection. To this end, it will make use of the expertise and capacity of the M HKA and in this way strengthen the museum's efforts in terms of acquisition and expansion of the collection.

The aim of The City Collection is not only to create a diverse and international contemporary art patrimony, but above all to valorise and support artists connected with Antwerp - and in this context, also give visibility to galleries and public initiatives that bring contemporary art in Antwerp to the public.

The aim is not to create a collection that is as extensive or complete as possible, but to make limited, targeted choices of museum-level works or ensembles that reflect the broader landscape. The collection will gradually develop over the years, making the mere fact of being included a sign of appreciation in itself.