aktualita IMAGE / BODY / SOUND27|11|2017 - 27|11|2017
ArtMap Prague

11.10.2017 - 13.01.2018 | FAIT Gallery, Ve Vaňkovce 2, Brno, Czech Republic

Curators: Beata Jablonská, Denisa Kujelová and Jana Písaříková

The start of conceptual art in the early 1970s meant a shift of interest from the aesthetic and material qualities of the work to it‘s personal, social, historical and often even theoretical context. Unlike the Western art scenes, the conceptual thinking of the Czechoslovak author‘s was motivated by a more personal search for the essence of the relationship between the artist and the art on both an artistic and a political-ethical level and also social, even ecological, level. Thus the conceptual turn was not perceived only through it’s dematerialisation and iconoclastic efforts, but above all as a utopian escape to the official and state-controlled culture. It gave the artists free space which they used in a wide range of media and themes.

The CS CONCEPTUAL ART OF THE 70s exhibition focuses on monitoring trends that have been applied to the art of ideas, records, projects and events. It will present various forms of conceptual work with drawings and photographs as well as the status of the concept devoted to the relation of the script and the image, or it will also focus on futuristic, action and environmental projects. Rather than creating an historic overview of the conceptual thinking of the 1970s the exhibition will be a diverse mosaic that illustrates the interdependence of Czech and Slovak art through a wide range of authors. Therefore the project is unique in its effort to point out the joint starting point of the art scene, that has been reflected as two separate units since the split of Czechoslovakia.

Milos Sejn: Sparrows, 1969
States of Mind – Beyond the Image
25.05.2014 - 31.12.2017 | GASK / Central Bohemian Gallery, Kutná Hora, CZ

Curated by Richard Drury

‘States of Mind / Beyond the Image’, the new permanent exhibition of GASK – Gallery of the Central Bohemian Region, isn’t a traditionally designed one. Instead of an ‘encyclopaedic’ sequence of artworks from GASK’s collection arranged in chronological order, the exhibition is based on the diverse spectrum of a person’s emotional and mental life. In each gallery space there are thematic pairs – either contradictory or complementary – to which the exhibited works relate. These include solitude–friendship, courage–fear, irony–respect, confinement–freedom, alienation–meditation). This not only creates a context that is symbolically ‘charged’, but also an expressive dialogue between two distinctive areas of the spiritual life of man.

The aim of the exhibition is for viewers to understand artistic expression as a vivid testimony that is able to address us regardless of its remoteness in time or differences in cultural or national identity. Together with the artistic experience provided by the exhibits themselves, the ‘atmosphere’ of the individual spaces is further enhanced by short quotations or aphorisms that focus on the given theme in text form. They are poignant insights expressed by artists, philosophers, writers, musicians – anyone whose perceptive remark has ‘hit the nail on the head’. The role of an imaginary ‘constant guide’ is played here by the painter and writer Josef Čapek (1887–1945), specifically the timelessly relevant moral-critical thoughts he expressed in his posthumously published book ‘Written into the Clouds’. The dialogue between the exhibits is thus enhanced by another dimension – the dialogue between a conceptual (verbal) idea and a visual idea, resulting, we hope, in a stimulating environment for the viewer.

Milos Šein: Landscape Monochromes, 1988

Galerie Středočeského kraje
Barborská 51 – 53
284 01 Kutná Hora
Tel.: +420 327 511 135

2014 – Earth work | House of Nature of Litovelské Pomoraví / Sluňákov - The Olomouc Centre for Ecological Aktivities, 783 35 Horka nad Moravou, The Czech Republic

Solar Mountain, 2014
earth work, 12 x 32 x 32 m


1997 – Processual work | Le Hameau de la Brousse, Sers, France

Grande Terre, 1997
tinted sandstone cliff, 3 x 100 m
1999 – Permanent installation |  The ridge between the Veliš Hill and Staré Místo nearby Jicin town, Czech Republic

Place of Justice, 1999, sandstone, two linden trees
50°24'15.06"N /  15°19'18.70"E

2012 – Processual work | Bavarian Primeval Forest, Germany

Becoming Tree Falling, 2012
wraped spruce and beech trees, black fabric, various dimesions
48° 55' 1.17"N / 13° 32' 4.25"E
Bohemiae Rosa pointAcademy Archives point

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