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The Golden Age. The Reminiscences of Cubism in Contemporary Visual Art
3.12. – 22.2.2015

The House of Arts, Jaroslav Král Gallery
Malinovského nám. 2, Brno
Open: Tue – Sun 10 am – 6 pm
Opening: 2.12.2014

Curator: Petr Veselý

Exhibiting artists:
Josef Achrer, Vasil Artamonov, Tomáš Bárta, Ondřej Basiuk, Radek Brož, Petr Brožka, Stanislav Diviš, Milena Dopisová, René Hábl, Zdeněk Halla, David Hanvald, Annegret Heinl, Vladimír Houdek, Dana Chatrná, Lukáš Jasanský/Martin Polák, Marie Kapounová, Vladimír Kokolia, Ivan Kříž, Petr Kvíčala, Josef Mladějovský, Jan Merta, Jozef Mrva, Jaromír Novotný, Svatopluk Otisk, Luděk Rathouský, Pavla Sceranková, Tomáš Smetana, Jan Steklík, Václav Stratil, Antonín Střížek, Miroslav Štolfa, Jiří Týn, Petr Veselý

 Modern and avant-garde art of the early twentieth century has often been an inspiration to visual arts. Modern styles are frequently revisited, analysed and ironically commented on. This exhibition is the result of the spontaneous need to draw on the most interesting works of Czech art of the 20th century – with which every artist is bound to be confronted – and a well-thought-out commentary/analysis of the form of modern Czech culture, including its political and historical context.

This collective exhibition, which maps various Cubist reminiscences in current visual arts, was prepared by painter Petr Veselý from Brno. His activity fits well in the spontaneously created mosaic of exhibitions in various Czech galleries, which touch upon the echoes of Cubism in contemporary Czech art. The multitude of exhibitions with similar subjects indicates the current need to deal with the legacy of modern culture, which is also intensively present in the international scene – in arts, philosophy and history.

In the context of modern Czech culture Cubism represents a specific, unique form of this style, particularly in the areas of architecture and design. It is associated with the discourse around the construction of the Czechoslovak state and after the Second World War it became an important part of Czechoslovak culture, which drew on Modernism.

The curator says about the subject: “Our exhibition presents works by more than thirty contemporary artists. These works reflect some of the means of expression that stem from Cubism or they interpret certain Cubist works. Cubism has proved to be a phenomenon that has significantly influenced the history of art, architecture and design. Principles associated with Cubism have much deeper roots though, whether they are the geometric and constructive principles (some of those illustrated at this exhibition are close to concrete art while the background of the content and form of others is as ancient as mediaeval painting), the tendency towards the autonomy and organisation of means of expression, the articulation possibilities of the picture plane, pictures considered three-dimensional objects, both content- and form-wise, the principle of fragmentality, the Cubist way of rendering objects and others. Cubism has gradually erased the difference between objects and space, the volume and the ‘empty space’ around it. A new, relativised and reconstructed space arises... ”

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