February 2, 2023

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Writer Saskia DeCoster locks herself in KMSKA for a month

Author Saskia de Coster will be locked up for a month in the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA). Visitors can then watch how she finishes her narration.

From February 1 to 28, De Coster will reside in a small room behind a transparent wall in the museum’s Heldenzaal. She will finalize a novel there. “The biggest challenge of my writing career is coming,” she says on social media.

According to the museum, the art project examines the writing process “when the author is completely detached from society and all kinds of communication.”

It seems that “the writer usually notices.” Here the roles are reversed: visitors to KMSKA can see the writer at work. Just as they look at a work of art from many years ago. In this way, the performance is also an ode to the old masters living in contemporary works.

The art project is a pillar of the KMSKA program for 2023. The newly reopened museum, after many years of renovation, will open an exhibition about the Catholic artist association De Pelgrim from 1924 in May, and this will be followed by an exhibition on how old masters such as Rubens, Rembrandt and Vermeer painted faces .

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