The Steadfast - From Franz Kafka to the Velvet Revolution

19/07/11 - 19/10/06

Daily 10 AM - 7 PM

The Steadfast – From Franz Kafka to the Velvet Revolution                                                                                                            

An alternate overview of the Czech art during 1918–1989

One school of thought claims that the artist is held responsible for the situation in the society they live in. Another school leaves the artist in an ivory tower to make their art even more beautiful. In cooperation with the Aleš South Bohemian Gallery and the Museum of Czech Literature, the curators Zuzana and Eugen Brikcius are preparing a unique exhibition for the thirtieth anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. The exhibition will feature 30 steadfast visual artists, among other things through their exclusive verbal expressions whether they are verses, diary notes, quotes, or interviews. The showcased artists include Otto Gutfreund, Jindřich Štýrský, Toyen, Josef Čapek, Mikuláš Medek, Stanislav Kolíbal, Eva Kmentová, Karel Nepraš, and Jiří Kolář. The steadfastness is not solely political or social, but it also lies in unwavering faith in one’s own artistic path. The writer Franz Kafka has inspired a wide range of the presented artists, inclusive of the exhibition’s curators, by his metaphysical work, critical thinking, and responsible social attitude.

Sorrow and joy, guilt and innocence, like two hands indissolubly clasped together; one would have to cut through flesh, blood, and bones to part them. Franz Kafka, Diaries