Galerie Kontext
curator Katarína Klusová

 

Nowadays, we consider it crucial to think and reflect on the current corona crisis. The Slovenian philosopher Mladen Dolar noted that its effects are similar to a magnifying glass. We have made some important discoveries while looking through the magnifying glass on our operation here. It is becoming more and more apparent that the need for the changes that our magnifying glass pointed out to us starts off a new transformation – and that goes for the field of professional art too. The prevailing procrastination in Gramsci’s statement – “the old is dying but the new cannot be born” – has to be abandoned as the art institution takes on a new role. The gallery needs to focus more on the systematic support of living art just as much as it has to strengthen the public awareness of the field’s fellowship and work to create a synergistic effect within and outside of it: to slow down and to focus more on those topics articulated by the exhibitions. This effort is also supported by Katarína Klusová, an artist, curator and pedagogue, whose project for Galerie Kontext focuses on gallery pedagogy or media education in the form of lectures and discussions with experts on environmentalism, sociology, linguistics, philosophy, and pedagogy. The year-round cycle will include seven realizations in various formats taking place in the foyer niches, the cinema room, the cabinet or directly at exhibitions. The very first one will explore topics of the exhibition project by Anna Tesařová in Galerie mladých. It will examine the theme of desire to hold on to memories through musuem institutions.

Pavel Dvořák is a graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music (University of Ostrava) and his previous paintings were influenced by neo-expressionism and their motifs were based on a plethora of various pop cultural sources: computer games, animated gore horrors, and comics. Apart from painting, he also creates wooden figures which, similarly to his figures on canvas, do not shy away from sharp humor. 

Zbyněk Baladrán’s author exhibition introduces his newer works focused on the discrepancies between the contemporary world and the manner in which it is exposed and revealed by art and art practice. Artistic rendering provides a large degree of ideological openness and methodological un-rigidness, it offers a more straight forward, more effective, and more flexible tools of communication in comparison to those of the scientific community and the media. Aware of these “weapons,” Zbyněk Baladrán sets to interpret important socio-political phenomena that are often not at the center of our attention. Rather than offering a clarification, the author raises awareness in regards to the fascinating ambiguousness of our world.