aktualita MEMORY DEPOSIT06|03|2024 - 27|04|2024
Jilská 14, Praha

The MEMORY DEPOSIT exhibition is conceptually designed as an intuitive authorial mini-retrospective. It mixes references to civilization (antiquity) and persona! memory (references to the artist's mother and father).

Subrosa Lutea, 2003

Burning Roses 
digital prints on glass, a part of ceiling-pane at vestibule of Gallery of Contemporary Art, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
2003 - 2004

I desire for a long time –
to paint wild roses
(which are yellow and red).
I went through every garden and I found nothing!!!

Josef Mánes, 1871

In the imagination of plant flames from all flowers only Rosa is the natural fireplace of pictures.
Rosa is the essence of imagination, immediately.
And the fire and the rose are one.

T. S. Eliot, Quatre Quatuors
Gaston Bachelard, Plamen svíce / La flamme d’une chandelle, 1961

Subrosa Lutea exhibition is about nature of human imagination, it is about its anguishes and feverish dreams which accompany it in the art imagination. An inspiration for the concept was Joseph Manes’s humane destiny, expressed in his drawings as Dream of Artist, by feminine transformations of nature essences and visions of burning roses. The exhibition is also a verification of possibilities of the direct touch to the work of nineteenth Century artist and to messages of his themes, which exceeded the period of possibilities of visual art language. Today we have a different limitation as the crisis of representing, multimedia decomposition and unique reality of an immediate touch. All these photography, installations, performance recordings and relicts of processes are responses for this and the result of this practice. The colour of this specific site project is fire yellow, the colour of madman, visionaries and saints. The Rosa theme is also connected to symbolism of the Holy Virgin, the fire theme to the ability to see things.

The Support Credit Institution building was built in late secession style based on the design of the important Czech architect Osvald Polívka in 1911 - 12. On the entrance facade are bronze statues made by Ladislav Šaloun, Allegory of Trade and Harvest. The building´s interior retains its original look, with just a few, small adjustments, the ground floor foyer and interiors of the first floor (stucco decoration, glass case).

The space on the ground floor is arranged for giving exhibitions, on four floors a wide, permanent exhibition of Czech fine art in 20th century is established. The exposition follows the evolution of Czech fine art from the turn of 19th and 20th century up to today. All the important art trends and tendencies, which have had an impact on forming modern and current Czech fine art, are also represented there.

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