Galerie moderního umění
v Hradci Králové

Space

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.

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Black Cube

Eva Jiřička | Between Them
17/06/22–04/09/22

curator: Mariana Serranová

To what extent can we transmit exact visual information to those around us? Are we capable of truly deciphering the emotional charge important to the author of a visual work? The work of Eva Jiřička presented in the Black Box emerges from the attempt to deepen our visual imagination, understand how we share it, and how we transmit signs and symbols. The artist’s current work concerns itself, among other things, with uncovering the differences in the motifs internalized by this or that generation. In this way, it also indirectly illuminates the development of depictions in various epochs. It follows the collective mechanisms of reading paintings and the ability of individuals to reproduce and interpret symbols, be it captured by memory or transmitted through language.

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White Cube

Ladislav Jezbera | Ego
17/06/22–04/09/22

curator: Judita Kožíšková

In the White Cube, the author uses an almost scientific and biological approach to explore how genetic predeterminations shape our “I”. They are coded into every cell of our body. Circular elements allude to cell structures, which the author enclosed in plexiglass hanging images (the series Horizon of Events (Horizont událostí) and Eukarya, 2022) along with powdered pigment. When the two sheets come together, a static field causes the powder to expand and form a “drawing”, forever locked into the frame and therefore unchanging, similar to DNA. The motif of the circle also symbolizes cyclicity – the regular movements of celestial bodies influencing human behavior, or the starting point – “horizon” – of our personality’s growth. The collection of marble objects XY (2020–2022) represents a male chromosome transformed into a “bar code”. The individual parts of the work may, in their attacking shape or position, evoke weapons such as bombs, which remind us of the fact that the most fundamental and often darkest events in human history have to do with the male element.

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Foyer

Ladislav Jezbera | Ego
17/06/22–13/03/23

curator: Judita Kožíšková

The monumental and decorative Foyer of the Hradec Králové gallery used to be the entry hall of a bank. This space inspired Ladislav Jezbera to create an installation reacting to the monumentality of the entry hall as well as to the noble material used in its grandiose decoration – marble. The black-and-white annealing of the five-meter-long polyester blocks, from which he created three independent objects, is supposed to imitate the structure of the marble. Even the industrial mode of production used to create the blocks reminds one of the process through which marble forms in nature, including the accidental mixing of light and dark particles. The artist thus knowingly works with similarity and contrast between the marble paneling of the Foyer and the economically more accessible artificial material, the overproduction of which by “egocentric” humans is overwhelming the planet. It is as if, with their monumentality, the statues seek to compete with the entry hall. In the end, however, their “mimicry” causes them, rather, to blend into the space while also architecturally completing it and expanding the ways we can perceive it as spectators. The statues are ecologically and economically gentle – the borrowed, prefabricated polyester will be returned to the manufacturer after the end of the exhibition to be recycled.

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