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2006 Exhibitions

Joseph Beuys

The patronage for this exhibition was assumed by the director emeritus of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Mr. Thomas M. Messer.

Already today, Joseph Beuys is a generally respected individual and his work has become one of the pillars of the art world from the second half of the twentieth century. His projects, installations and social sculptures meant a radical reversal from the common culture and conventions of post war trends. Beuys’ artistic work and his theories are held as one of the most individual manifestations of the Fluxus movement.
The formation of his individuality was markedly influenced by the second world war. As a twenty year old he found himself in a German bomber squadron. In the winter of 1943 he was shot down during a harsh blizzard in the Crimea area and crash landed onto the steppe. The badly injured Beuys was saved by nomadic Tatars, who attended to his wounds with animal tallow and wrapped him in felt. This critical life experience strongly marked Beuys’ theoretical ideologies and his own creations.
After his studies at the Düsseldorf academy (1949-1954) under professor Ewald Mataré, Beuys embarked on the realization of his artistic theories and utopian vision. They stemmed from Dadaistic and Surrealistic theories, but also from theosophy of Rudolf Steiner. According to him everyday life is a creative process, in which each person can become an artist. Beuys’ happenings and objects often functioned as a moment of surprise and unexpected chain of events. They are however the result of a systematic effort with the symbolic meanings of necessary items for life. His creative method became one of the main representatives of conceptual art. From 1961 he was put in charge of the atelier of monumental sculpture in the Düsseldorf Academy.
Beuys’ Multiples are not only multiplied works; it is necessary to understand them as energy charged by intensified thoughts, both sensations and acts. It was important for Beuys that his work survived spiritually so that his impulses and provocations influenced and remained in the consciousness of the society. A considerable amount of multiples contributed to this aspiration. Often executed with meagre materials and in overlooked dimensions, they ensure the transfer of energy between the artist and society. Beuys himself regarded multiples as a focal point of his work, for he once, and not without reason, expressed in an interview with the collector Günter Ulbricht the following: » When you have all of my multiples, you have the whole of me.‹‹
This exhibition in Museum Kampa represented a cross section of one of the most comprehensive collections of Beuys’ multiples and graphics. The Kunstmuseum Bonn was so kind as to loan these items from its own collection (which was given to the museum by the couple Marilies and Günter Ulbricht, who were important collectors in Düsseldorf). The premier of this exhibition, which had been prepared by the curator Dr. Christoph Schreier, took place in the first few months of this year. This subsequent show in Prague presented, even in its reduced form (78 exhibits), several of Beuys’ best known multiples, for example: the Sleds, the Felt Suit, the Capri Battery, and Intuition, but also video recordings of Beuys’ happenings and undertakings.

Special thanks: Státní fond kultury České republiky, Hlavní město Praha, Fortis Bank SA/NV, Goethe-Institut Prag, Lo-tech Design, spol. s r.o., Šarapatka Light Studio

June 30 - September 17, 2006, Museum Kampa, Stables and the Small Gallery

A Walk with Jiří Kolář

This exhibition of collages by Jiří Kolář from the Museum Kampa – Jan and Meda Mládek Foundation collection is being presented in the exhibiting rooms of Museum Kampa after its premier in the Trutnov City Gallery.

The works of Ji?í Kolá? from the Museum Kampa collection this time in Prague. May 17th – June 18th, 2006

With the kind support of the City of Prague and
of the firm LO-TECH DESIGN s.r.o.
Zlatnická 6
110 00 Prague 1

May 17th - June 18th, 2006, Museum Kampa, Stables

Unipetrol ČEZ, a.s. ČESKÝ TELECOM, a.s. MERO ČR, a. s. Exportní garanční a pojišťovací společnost, a.s. Eurotel Praha, spol. s.r.o. Magazín Prague Leaders Pražská paroplavební společnost a. s. Agentura Easy Prague Unipetrol ČEZ, a.s. ČESKÝ TELECOM, a.s. MERO ČR, a. s. Exportní garanční a pojišťovací společnost, a.s. Eurotel Praha, spol. s.r.o. Magazín Prague Leaders Pražská paroplavební společnost a. s. Agentura Easy Prague

Portraits - Alexandra Parik

A French painter with Czech origins, Alexandra Parik presents a selection of her portrait paintings, which have been her main focus lately, in Museum Kampa. Originality, singularity, wonderful energy of expression, captivating colours, the ability of empathy with the model, sensitivity as a subtle final touch, light irony, systematic approach – all this might characterize her portrait paintings. Alexandra Parik has painted portraits of people from all social strata, however only those who have enthralled her with their inner selves, who have served her purpose of a persistent quest for the truthful depiction of an individual. In her works, she discloses her models’ identity. Reveals that which might stay under the surface of a close imitation, strives to open the door to perceiving the character of those portrayed. All her works show an unmistakable, smooth, sometimes idealized handwriting, displaying as if a plastic (sculpture-like) quality where a series of curves, angles, subtle deformations and division into individual stages render dynamics, rhythm, as well as an inimitable harmony to the final work. Alexandra Parik will surely catch interest of the general public by her quite unique rendering of the artistic subject of the portrait.

November 8 - December 10, 2006, small exhibition room, Museum Kampa

Ultra Violet - and her symbols of Eternity

Ultra Violet (born Isabele Collin Dufresney in Grenoble, 1935) is one of the more distinctive cult individuals of the alternative culture scene of the 1960’s. She was Salvador Dali’s muse and an original multimedia artist, she is irrefutably linked above all else with the name Andy Warhol and his infamous New York Factory and its "continuous party ", which became the most essential expression of the wild revolt during the 1960’s. The author presented her works from her angel series paintings, whose main medium is light, for the first time in the Czech Republic in Museum Kampa.

October 11 - November 5, 2006 Museum Kampa, in the small exhibiting room

Works of Art from the Société Générale Collection

The exhibition presented a collection of works from the 1950’s up until the 1990’s by various artists from different artistic directions. The selected works belong to a collection of modern art which was created by the Société Générale since 1987. Works by Andy Warhol, Pierre Alechinsky, Franz Eichler and Sol Lewitt was just a sample of the artists that were exhibited.

September 27 - November 12, 2006 Museum Kampa Groung floor

Liběna Rochová for UNICEF

Lib?na Rochová along with Museum Kampa presented a "Dialogue" between 29 designs by Lib?na Rochová and the exhibited works in Museum Kampa located in Sovovy Mlyny. A unique performance on water inaugurated the vernissage and was an experience for all present. Proceeds from ticket sales went to support UNICEF’s programs against the trafficking of children.

September 13th – October 15, 2006 - Museum Kampa

Olověný Dušan 2006 - The Architecture Student's Society at the Faculty of Architecture competition

The student’s association of the architectural faculty of FA ?VUT in Prague organized a contest which had as its goal to draw on the nonconformist themes taught at the faculty. The contest was centred on projects created by the students during the 2005-06 semester. The winning project was chosen by a judging panel comprised of external experts.

March 18 - April 23, 2006, Museum Kampa, the Stables

Drawings - Jiří Kornatovský

This was an exhibition of works by one of the most significant representatives of Czech drawings. His defined forms levitating in space impress their monumentality by generous drawing gestures. This monumentality is not only due to the large format of the compositions, but above all due to their internal discipline, concentration, and simplicity. The themes of Kornatovský's works are light, space, order, and especially the process of the emergence of the drawings itself. These themes are for both the author and for the observer a resource for contemplation.

The patronage for this exhibition was assumed by the central Bohemian Governor Petr Bendl, Eng.

This exhibition was realized with the kind support of the firm:
LO-TECH DESIGN spol. s.r.o.
Zlatnická 6
110 00 Praha 1

January 24 - March 12, 2006, Museum Kampa, the Stables

Czech volunteers in France during World War I - František Kupka and Otto Gutfreund

A selection of military themed drawings created by Frantisek Kupka and Otto Gutfreund during World War I. The exhibition featured a selection on loan from the Military Museum in Prague, and from the archives of Gutfreund's drawings housed in Museum Kampa.

November 22 - December 31, 2006 , Museum Kampa, the Stables

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