You are going to discover the second edition of M’s biannual magazine. According to the cliché, a magazine is supposed to be the product of blood, sweat and tears. In this issue, however, you’ll find warmth, a passion for art and – admittedly – a few drops of perspiration. Let yourself be carried off to M in all its dimensions. And if it’s more you’re after, an extensive digital offering awaits you here.
At M, you will discover contemporary talent and old masters under the same roof. The museum rooms are in constant transformation. Meet the artists and curators, scenographers and restorers, collaborators and volunteers who ensure that no two visits to M are ever the same, but always a new and exciting discovery.
Art needs good friends. The M-bassadors and M-art patron are close to M’s heart. Our friends are curious art lovers who get an insider view of everything that happens at M. They also take part in inspiring and enriching events such as guided tours by curators, staff members and guides, excursions to art locations, in-depth lectures… Moreover, they have access to a platform where they can engage in dialogue with other friends, artists and the experts at M during the many activities we organize.
As a museum, we make it a point of honour to make art as accessible as possible. And that also means developing tailored presentations. M offers artistic experiences to all kinds of visitors, both young and old. But also, for example, to groups of colleagues, friends and families.
M is the free magazine of M Leuven. It is published twice a year: from February to June and from September to January. Congratulations! You have the second issue of our new magazine in your hands. Enjoy it – we enjoyed making it.
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M Leuven is a museum and visual arts platform that makes meaningful connections across time, with society and between artistic disciplines. M Leuven realises its international ambitions from its basis in the knowledge-driven city of Leuven.
after Eva Donckers, it’s now Tina Herbots' turn. Tina is a visual artist, photographer, videographer and model, and took the portraits in the second issue of this magazine. Previously, she worked for AB, Bruzz, De Morgen, Jaguarjaguar and more.
How do you work?
“For each assignment, I first try to get a good picture of the location and the client. Then I ask myself what feeling I want to convey with the photographs. By constantly combining different techniques with my own personal style, I try to give a story an original yet correct context. For this assignment, I’ve chosen to work with analogue photography. That seemed to me the best fit with the timeless, modern and classy character of M.”
What stands out about your assignment for M?
“For one of the photo shoots I was allowed to follow an M-bassadeur through the halls. He knew the museum very well and told me everything he knew. He even looked up in advance who I was and what I did, and he showed a great deal of interest in my work. A very nice interaction.”
What or who inspires your work?
“Actually, I get my inspiration pretty much everywhere. Thanks to social media these days, it’s very easy to get inspired by many different artists. But if I did have to name one person, that would be – funnily enough – the previous photographer of this magazine: Eva Donckers. She has been an inspiration to me for some time now. A few years ago, I got to work next to her in a studio, and since then my admiration has only increased.”
M Leuven is committed to paying talent correctly for the work they do. That is why we have joined ‘Juist is juist’ (Fair is fair), an initiative of oKo (Overleg Kunstenorganisaties). ‘Juist is juist’ supports arts organisations and workers by creating an environment of clear agreements, fine collaborations, correct remuneration, good working conditions and transparency.