The traditional presentation of 20th century modern art is linear and chronological and typically built on a selection of several characteristic masterpieces assembled into a logical order, usually by grouping various styles. This historical logic is, however, the result of a biased, subjective point of view, created not just by the artists, but also critics, art dealers, collectors, and historians.
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.
This exposition strives, however difficult it is to do so, to present art as a many-faceted space filled to an ever-increasing extent by women, who, in the last century, have begun to attain a certain level of equality.
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The Last Century – Twenty Artists gained financial support from, and is under the auspices of, the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.
B. Kubišta – SELF-PORTRAIT WITH A GREEN BACKGROUND (1908), STILL LIFE WITH A BLUE JUG (1909), CAFÉ (1910)