Ve Vaňkovce 2, Brno
11/10/2017 – 13/1/2018
Curators: Beata Jablonská, Denisa Kujelová, Jana Písaříková
Opening: 11/10/2017, 7 p.m.
“CS CONCEPTUAL ART OF THE 1970s” is the largest exhibition project so far to present a selection of works by sixty-five Czechoslovak artists. The exhibition observes, through interconnected topics, the closeness of the Czech and Slovak art scenes that have been approached, since the breakup of Czechoslovakia, as two separate entities. The exhibition concept is rooted in a quest for their intersections and joint points of departure. Never in the history of Czech and Slovak art was the need for a mutual dialogue cultivated and developed as much as in the 1970s.
The exhibition is devoted to the visual language of conceptual thinking of the 1970s presented on the basis of categories defined by the curators. Different forms of work with drawing and photography, conceptual art exploring the relationship between type and image, and also futurological, action and environmental projects are introduced within this framework. The viewer is thus treated to a varied mosaic that demonstrates, on a broad spectrum of artists, the sheer scope of the conceptual approach in the years 1968–1982. An important part of the exhibition is a timeline featuring graphic information about private exhibitions in flats, vestibules and other alternative spaces; at the same time, it demonstrates the social, political and cultural contexts in which conceptual art existed, often as an alternative to the official political situation in Czechoslovakia at that time.
A major impetus for the exhibition was the strong conceptual tradition in Brno, the popularization of which in recent years is credited to the House of the Arts, as well as to the Moravian Gallery in Brno.
Artists represented at the exhibition: Milan Adamčiak, Karel Adamus, Vladimír Ambroz, Peter Bartoš, Juraj Bartusz, Ján Budaj, Pavel Büchler, Robert Cyprich, Hugo Demartini, Milan Dobeš, Ľubomír Ďurček, Rudolf Fila, Stano Filko, Daniel Fischer, Peter Graham, Milan Grygar, Sonny Halas, Olaf Hanel, Vladimír Havlík, Vladimír Havrilla, Pavel Holouš, Dalibor Chatrný, Jozef Jankovič, Ivan Kafka, Olga Karlíková, Michal Kern, Martin Klimeš, Svatopluk Klimeš, Milan Knížák, J. H. Kocman, Július Koller, Vladimír Kordoš, Inge Kosková, Jan Kotík, Jiří Kovanda, Milan Kozelka, Miloš Laky, Milan Lasota, Dáša Lasotová, Otis Laubert, Milan Maur, Juraj Meliš, Karel Miler, Jan Mlčoch, Alex Mlynárčik, Marian Mudroch, Eduard Ovčáček, Květa Pacovská, Marian Palla, Vladimír Popovič, Pavel Rudolf, Tomáš Ruller, Jan Ságl, Zorka Ságlová, Jan Steklík, Miloš Šejn, Petr Ševčík, Petr Štembera, Rudolf Sikora, Margita Titlová Ylovsky, Dezider Tóth, Jiří Valoch, Jan Wojnar, Ján Zavarský, Jana Želibská
The exhibition will showcase the work of over 60 Czech and Slovak artists, the majority of whom will be present at the opening.
The exhibition opening will take place on Wednesday, 11 October 2017 at 7 p.m.
Photo-reproductions for the CS CONCEPTUAL ART OF THE 1970s exhibition available for download can be found here: https://goo.gl/i7KBqd
Photographic documentation of the exhibition CS CONCEPTUAL ART OF THE 1970s available for download can be found here: https://goo.gl/M6xu6f. When using the photographs, please state the author (c) Martin Polák.
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