The title of the exhibition Archipelago is a symbolic representation of a relationship between the inhabitants of the Cape Verde islands and immigrants of the Lisbon neighborhoods, or those living in France as well as other EU countries. Though geographically distanced, divided by the ocean or the Schengen borderline, both communities keep in continuous contact – cultural, economic as well as physical.
In fact, “mu”, the nonbeing, is a state between activity and inactivity. Yet, the “mu” doesn't have any correspondences in Western philosophy. The four international artists invited to join Into the MU, while dealing with different media and focus, accepted this invitation to explore the dimensions of this state from different angles.
The exhibition project titled And is it here again? The Slovak state in the contemporary art, represents, in terms of production, a follow-up to the politically angled projects addressed by the KHB curators in the past; it concurrently constitutes an autonomous addition to the exhibition Dream x Reality shown at the Slovak National Gallery.
The core of the presentation of Agnès Thurnauer, a French-Swiss author, is a series of oversized round objects / buttons, Portraits Grandeur Nature (2007 – 2009), which she also presented at Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.
Esther Stocker focuses on spatial abstraction and architecture that pulls viewers into a different dimension. Black-and-white geometrical landscapes are created through multiplication of simple shapes and forms, horizontal as well as vertical lines. She creates rhythmical patterns that underline the unyielding character of her works. Repetition of basic elements, shifting of the horizon and playing with the perspective creates the depth as well as volume of the space.
The refugee crisis that we are facing today is the most serious since World War II. Millions of people are forced to flee their homes due to armed conflict or extreme poverty. This situation has brought to our society a lot of uncertainty and it raises many questions. The experience of contact with other cultures is new and unknown for the countries of Eastern Europe. It has not yet been enough time to get to know each other. We are only at the beginning of a mutual dialogue. The exhibition Fear Of The Unknown is trying to overcome the barrier of non-communication.
Although Kintera's works might be entertaining at the first glance, they bear an eerie paraphrase, raising questions of borderline existential and ethical issues of global society that keeps devastating itself. The trembling of trees, animals, or land is an answer to the man-made nature as the culture of the society. The outcomes of this crisis give life to mechanical sculptures and objects as tragicomic products of the flawed man-made nature.
The Austrian artist Clemens Fürtler creates image generating, kinetic objects, built out of model railway and freeway parts, the so called Bildmaschinen. He examines the filigree architectural structures of his works with vehicles moving through the sculptures. The locomotives and cars are equipped with miniatures cameras and light, producing videos and projections on the walls. The shadow plays and films explore new ways of experiencing and extending the limited space.
Ján Mančuška (1972 – 2011) has never been considered a representative of the Slovak art scene, however, he always considered himself a Slovak artist living in Czechoslovakia and later in Czech Republic. The "First Retrospective" is the initial step to introduce his work to the domestic audience which has a unique opportunity to get familiar with his work, highly acknowledged internationally. The exhibition was curated by Vít Havránek and it was premiered in the Prague City Gallery.
The exhibition Collision of Galaxies examines the recent work of Pavla Sceranková (*1980). It presents two seemingly related works that reveal two prominent subject matters and currently the most significant themes of her solo artistic program, putting them into mutual context.
Nika Oblak & Primož Novak are an art collective from Slovenia. Since the year 2003, their practice focuses on critical examination of contemporary media and capital driven society by dissecting its visual and linguistic structure. They do this using kinetic objects, video and photography. Infused with humor their pneumatic video installations form the exhibition And Now For Something Completely Different 5. They expose the daily routine, artificially produced consumerist needs and illustrate our existence as the monotony of operating machines.