Galerie moderního umění
v Hradci Králové

The Last Fifty Years | Permanent exhibition

27/11/20–01/10/23
curator: Tomáš Pospiszyl
architectural plan: Tomáš Svoboda
graphic design: Cindy Kutíková & Jiří Mocek

Contemporary art doesn’t have a history, yet. It therefore doesn’t make sense to tell its story in a chronological order. Rather, it makes sense to tell it thematically, with an emphasis on the diversity of approaches by individual artists to their work and to art in general. The exhibition of contemporary art at the Gallery of Modern Art in Hradec Králové is strongly connected to its recent acquisitions. It presents artists from the middle and younger generations, who have been making their way into public collections only recently.

We consider the era of contemporary art to have its beginning in the 1960s and 1970s. An important aspect of its origin was the development of conceptual art and a growing numbers of genres and subject matters. It is impossible to identify a uniform style in contemporary art. Every artist creates his or her own language. They do not express themselves merely through painting or sculpting but, increasingly, through photography, performance, film, video, text, digital technologies, and many other mediums.

Last Century – Twenty Artists | Permanent exhibition

27/11/20–01/10/23
curator: Petra Příkazská
expert advisors: Kateřina Křížkovská, Judita Kožíšková, Anna Zemanová
architectural plan: Tomáš Svoboda
graphic design: Cindy Kutíková & Jiří Mocek

The exhibition The Last Century – Twenty Artists consciously goes against this trend and returns to the age-old method of author-curated collections because, despite all doubt, 20th century art is ultimately the work of individuals who approached the question of art in their own personal ways. Each of the selected artists has expanded the possibilities of what can be seen, attempted to transgress the conventional wisdom of art, or nudged the perception of art beyond accepted standards.

In many cases, they did so not just through their work but also through their theoretical writings, personal engagement in the public sphere, or pedagogy.

Miloš Šejn | AQVA

15/04/22-04/09/22
curator: Vjera Borozan

The exhibition presents a selection of over 20 works by Miloš Šejn from his oeuvre, starting with works from the end of the 1960s all the way to contemporary videos and two site-specific installations created specifically for the Gallery of Modern Art in Hradec Králové. The overarching theme, as the title of the exhibition suggests, is the element of water. It appears here in various forms and states of matter and allows one to compare a broad range of approaches to the water and landscape the author explores.

The work of Miloš Šejn is still current in many ways. At present, when environmental themes are dominating the field of art again, the artist’s work, which has been associated with environmentalism for several decades, has been experiencing a “discursive boom”. The exhibition in the gallery in Hradec Králové focuses on other aspects of the artist’s work as well. It is examining deeper interpretive layers and accents and other connections and links. The exhibition strives, just like the author himself, to oscillate between a rational, distanced approach and its complementary opposite, which grasps the reality without remove – in a bodily, performative, and synthesized way. The moving image is strongly represented in this exhibition, the installation of which was created by Richard Loskot, the exhibition designer, in collaboration with Miloš Šejn himself. In the case of two key works, Fungus (1994) and Grand G-Luna (2012) the design recreates the original way in which the pieces were presented.

Ladislav Jezbera | EGO

15/04/22-04/09/22
curator: Judita Kožíšková

Eva Jiřička | Mezi sbou

15/04/22-04/09/22
curator: Mariana Serranová