Curators: Café Utopia (Katarína Hládeková, Zuzana Janečková, Marika Kupková, Markéta Žáčková)
Artists *Laura Aldridge (GBR) *Daniela a Linda Dostálkovy (CZE) *Juliana Höschlová (CZE) *Zsófia Keresztes (HUN)
*Martin Kohout (CZE) *Marek Meduna (CZE) *Cezary Poniatowski (POL)
*Joanna Rajkowska (POL) *Kate V Robertson (GBR)
*Sylva Lacinová / Šárka Svobodová, Jaroslav Sedlák, Jan Kristek, Filip Cenek (CZE)
*Jaroslav Sedlák, David Helešic (CZE)
* Maja Štefančiková a Nóra Ružičková (SVK)
*Martin Zet (CZE)
The fate of the sculpture created by sculptor Sylva Lacinová for the frontage of the Sdružené výzkumné ústavy (Associated Research Institutes, 1975–1988) building, designed by architect Jan Dvořák, is the starting point of the exhibition. The artwork later became the property of Masaryk University, as its Faculty of Informatics was located there. During the building reconstruction, designed by Pelčák a partner Architects and started in 2012, the sculpture was removed from the main frontage, because it had not been found to be of any use for the new design. At the time, it was the representatives of the professional public who argued for the need to preserve this artwork by an important Brno artist. The art council of Masaryk University and its managers reacted to their impulse by taking over the sculpture with the intention of finding a new and adequate location for it. However, the University has so far not completed this problematic task.
The phenomenon of art in the public space and its significance – especially in connection with the socialist era – have long been reflected in the historical-scientific and artistic discourse. Despite that, suitable solutions are still lacking, both on the level of social consensus and that of practical and legislative steps for preserving relevant works from the period in question. That is why the work of Sylva Lacinová becomes a unique starting point for reflection on the relationship between art, architecture and the public space. Besides the cultural-historical aspect, there is also the obvious current turn of post-conceptual art towards materiality and the object. Sculpture is not viewed as a traditional medium, but as a legitimate means of expression of contemporary art, informed by the experience of post-internet, relational aesthetics, the art of installation and site specific art.
The story of Sylva Lacinová’s work opens up a number of subjects related through historical-social, political and aesthetical aspects. The basic question arising in connection with the work is that of preservation of art and architecture of the second half of the 20th century. In fact, it may well concern the state-of-the-art in handling contemporary art in the public space, on the spatial, institutional and mental levels. The title of the exhibition – Dependent Object – refers to the enduring understanding of art in the public space as “decoration in the service of representation”. If the status quo is changed, then how are we to deal with material evidence – “witnesses” of the past – with their original value related to a given social-political context and which suddenly become “useless” relics? No matter how the status quo changes over time, tensions between artistic autonomy and claims on various functions of art in the public space survive.
The project is organized under the auspices of Ms Markéta Vaňková, Mayor of the City of Brno
Brno Art Open 2019 is financially supported by the City of Brno
ÚMČ Brno-střed, Brněnské komunikace, a.s., Veřejná zeleň města Brna, a.s., Městská policie Brno, Městské ředitelství Policie ČR, Technické sítě, a.s., Vysoké učení technické Brno
Mgr. Magdalena Chytrá, ing. Zdeněk Hudec, RNDr. Miroslav Šebela,
Papírny Brno, a.s., PREFA BRNO, a.s.