Art in the Political Context

Political Aspects in Slovak and Czech Art after 1989

This exhibition project examines contemporary art which critically reflects social problems in the Czech and Slovak context and sets itself the goal of mapping how differing political themes are reflected in the works and artistic programmes of male and female artists in the Slovak and Czech Republics.
Curator: Lenka Kukurová

Photo: Rudolf Sikora: Z cyklu EKO(KO)MIX, digital print on canvas, 200 x 120 cm, 2016/2018

Opening:

November 7, 2019

from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Duration:

November 8, 2019 – February 2, 2020

Venue:

1.st floor KHB

Exhibiting artists:

Dalibor Bača, Juraj Bartusz, Radovan Čerevka, Jiří Černický, David Černý, Anton Čierny, Jiří David, Pavlína Fichta Čierna, Guma Guar, Oto Hudec, Peter Kalmus, Jana Kapelová, Kassaboys, Lenka Klodová,  Daniela Krajčová, Milan Mikuláštík, Michal Moravčík, Michal Murín, Ilona Németh, Nová věčnost, Martin Piaček, Pode Bal, Tomáš Rafa, Rafani, Rudolf Sikora, Aneta Mona Chisa a Lucia Tkáčová, Martin Zet, Ztohoven

 

In November, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, a collective project by the curator Lenka Kukurová will be presented, with the working title Art in the Political Context (political aspects in Czech and Slovak visual art post-1989). The exhibition and planned publication thematically refer to the revolution as an important political milestone, which fundamentally influenced the role and the perception of art in society. The project will examine contemporary art which critically reflects on social problems in the Czech and Slovak socio-political contexts. Furthermore, the exhibition also aims to map the forms through which various political themes are reflected in the works and artistic programmes of artists of both sexes in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. In the past the obligatory “engagement” of art resulted in a devaluation of this term. The exhibition, together with the publication, will reflect on its gradual return to artistic and art-scholarly practice.